CSC - Joint doctoral program of Université Paris-Saclay and the China Scholarship Council

Université Paris Saclay is expanding internationally and has joined forces with the Chinese Scholarship Council to offer, together, exclusive training to Chinese doctoral students in a Doctoral School at Université Paris-Saclay

Université Paris-Saclay and the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) have renewed in 2020 an agreement that provides for the funding by the Chinese government of 50 Chinese doctoral students per year.

The winning doctoral students will carry out their PhD in a Doctoral School at Université Paris-Saclay.

 

1. Objectives 

The main objective of this program is to enable eligible doctoral candidates selected by Université Paris-Saclay and Chinese institutions to prepare for a Université Paris-Saclay PhD in a research unit under the auspices of Université Paris-Saclay. 

 

2. Domains

CSC and UPSaclay support cooperation in the following priority areas of study:

  • Mathematics
  • Life and Health sciences
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and Chemistry-Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Material Sciences
  • Sciences of the Universe and the Environment
  • Law Economy Management
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

3. Selection Criteria

  • Candidates must be citizens of the People's Republic of China;
  • Chinese students enrolled in Master's programs of Chinese universities, other universities abroad at Paris-Saclay University and in master's programs of Université Paris-Saclay are eligible; 
  • Candidates must meet the selection criteria :
set by Université Paris-Saclay Doctoral School
set by the CSC http://apply.csc.edu.cn

 

Université Paris-Saclay assists the selected students 

  • in their efforts to obtain on-campus student housing or to find off-campus rooms and apartments.
  • in their visa/residence permit formalities and banking procedures. In addition, Université Paris-Saclay will allow recipients to take French courses free of charge for at least the first year.

 

The 2021 campaign of Université Paris-Saclay / CSC program will take place as follows : 

I AM A CANDIDATE

Step 1 : Launch of the campaign 

The Chinese government launches communication about the program to Chinese candidates.

  • Chinese doctoral candidates are invited to submit an intention to be applied on our server (CV submission)

Submit your pre-application

  • The potential Ph.D. supervisor will contact the candidates.

 

Step 2 : Applications from Chinese candidates

From December 04th, 2020 to January 04th, 2021

  • Chinese students must submit on the general application portal ADUM their final application to one of the doctoral projects suggested within the framework of this doctoral program on ADUM interface.

Discover doctoral projects

 

Step 3 : Selection and validation

From February 01st to 23rd, 2021

  • Selection and final validation by the University of Paris-Saclay of a main list of 50 project/candidate pairs and a complementary list. This selection will be transmitted to the CSC before February 28th, 2021.
  • Candidates will be informed of the results after the selection committee meets.

In order to facilitate communication, the email address: csc.phd@universite-paris-saclay.fr will be the single point of contact for the CSC program, both for thesis directors and doctoral schools and for Chinese candidates

I AM A SUPERVISOR

Step 1 : Collection of the offer of doctoral projects from the supervisors

From October 20th to November 20th, 2020

  • Qualified supervisors are invited to suggest doctoral projects in English via their ADUM interface, by choosing the type of funding “Chinese Scolarship Council Program (CSC) - Université Paris-Saclay ”.

Be careful with the keywords : make sure that the subject area appears very clearly in the keywords (example of a non-exhaustive list below) : 

  • Mathematics
  • Life and Health sciences
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and Chemistry-Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Material Sciences
  • Sciences of the Universe and the Environment
  • Law Economy Management
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

We invite you to check (as and when) the list of potential candidates who have pre-applied on this link : https://enquetes-sphinx.u-psud.fr/PHdFutur/CSC-depot_CV/report.htm

 

  • To access it, you will need the password that was provided for you.

 

Step 2 : Dissemination of thesis topics

From November 20th to December 04th, 2020

  • As they arrive, the doctoral school will valide the projects, after consulting the management of the host research units, so that they are published online before 04th, 2020 on the site : http://www.adum.fr/psaclay/ptenAPCSC?etab=61&an=2020
  • The research units will ensure, from this stage, they take contact with the competent authorities in matters of security and defense (FSD), so that the necessary steps, if necessary, can be anticipated. 

 

Step 3 : Chinese student applications

From December 04th, 2020 to 04th January, 2021 

 

Step 4 : Eligibility for doctoral studies by the doctoral school of Université Paris-Saclay

From 05th to January 31st, 2021 

  • From 05th to 12th January : final selection of candidates by the thesis directors, always via ADUM interface (input of favorable / unfavorable opinion, and a comment
  • Before January 23rd, 2021 : hearing of the candidates and ranking by the doctoral school of the project/candidate pairs resulting from the selection by the thesis directors, and after collection of the opinion of laboratory directors, according to the procedures specific to each doctoral school.
  • Doctoral school must send their ranking (based on academic performance and level of English) to csc.phd@universite-paris-saclay.fr no later than January 29th, 2021.

 

Step 5 : Validation of applications

From 01st to 23rd of February, 2021 

  • Selection and final validation by Université Paris-Saclay of a main list of 50 project/candidate pairs and a complementary list. 
  • Transmission of this list to relevant services of Université Paris-Saclay to advise and assist newcomers in France with their administrative procedures and FSD authorizations.
  • This selection will be sent at the latest by February 28th, 2021 at the latest.

 

Step 6 : Selection by the CSC of successful candidates

  • March 2021 (indicative date) : Chinese candidates submit their application to the CSC (on http://apply.csc.edu.cn)
  • April 2021 (indicative date) : examination of files admissibility of files by the CSC.

 

Step 7 : Results of the selection process

May 2021 

The China Scholarship Council informs the Université Paris-Saclay of the results of its selection and ensures the publication of the results through its own channels, then will follow the arrival of future doctoral reserchers from September 2021. 

In order to facilitate communication between all those concerned, an email address specifically dedicated to the CSC program has been created : csc.phd@universite-paris-saclay.fr. It will be the single point of contact for the CSC program, both for thesis directors and doctoral school and Chinese applicants.