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

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

The winning doctoral candidates will complete their doctorate in one of the Doctoral Schools of the Université Paris-Saclay.

 

1. Objectives 

The main objective of this program is to allow eligible students selected by the Université Paris-Saclay and Chinese institutions to prepare a PhD at the Université Paris-Saclay within a research unit of the 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

  • Applicants must be citizens of the People's Republic of China;
  • Chinese students studying for a Master's degree at the Université Paris-Saclay and at universities abroad are also eligible [2];
  • Applicants must meet the selection criteria:
set by Université Paris-Saclay Doctoral School
set by the CSC http://apply.csc.edu.cn

 

The Université Paris-Saclay helps the laureates in their efforts to

  • obtaining student housing on campus or rooms and apartments off campus
  • visa/residence permit formalities and banking procedures.
  • In addition, the Université Paris-Saclay will allow the laureates to take French courses during at least the first year.

 

The 2022 campaign of Université Paris-Saclay / CSC program will take place as follows : 

I am a candidate

I am a supervisor

I AM A CANDIDATE

Step 1 : Launch of the campaign 

Before the end of November, Chinese doctoral candidates are invited to submit an application on our server (CV submission) while waiting for the thesis topics to be put online:

 

Submit your pre-application

The collected applications are then transmitted to the potential thesis directors of the Université Paris-Saclay so that they can contact the declared candidates.

Step 2 : Applications from Chinese candidates

From 06 December 2021 to 04 January 2022

  • Chinese students must submit their final application to one of the doctoral projects proposed in this program on ADUM

Discover doctoral projects

Step 3 : Selection and validation

From January 05 to February 23, 2022

  • Selection and final validation by the Université Paris-Saclay of a main list of 50 project/applicant pairs and a complementary list. This selection will be transmitted to the CSC by February 28, 2022 at the latest. 
  • The candidates will be informed of the results after the selection committee meeting.

 

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 September 28 to October 25, 2021

  • Thesis directors propose doctoral projects in English via their ADUM interface by choosing the type of funding "Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) - UPSaclay Program".
  • Thesis directors must indicate on the subject that it is reserved for applications from Chinese doctoral students

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

The subjects will be validated by the management of the host research units and the doctoral schools. Then, the subjects will be submitted to the SDF (Defense Security) for validation. 

  • Without SDF validation, the subjects will not be included in the CSC call.

 

Step 2 : Dissemination of thesis topics

Only the subjects that have been validated (DU, ED and FSD) will be available online no later than December 06, 2021 on the site: http://www.adum.fr/psaclay/ptenAPCSC?an=2022&etab=61 

 

Step 3 : Chinese student applications

Application deadline: January 04, 2022

We invite you to consult in ADUM (as we go along) the applications on your subjects.

In case you are looking for candidates, a list of potential candidates is available on this link: https://enquetes-sphinx.u-psud.fr/PHdFutur/CSC-depot_CV/report.htm

  • To access it, you will need the password that we have provided you.

 

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

From 05 to 31 January 202

  • From January 5 to 12: final selection of candidates by the thesis directors, still via the ADUM interface (entry of the favorable/defavorable opinion, and a comment).
  • Before January 23, 2022: hearing of the candidates and ranking by the doctoral schools of the project/candidate pairs resulting from the selection by the thesis directors, and after collection of the opinion of the laboratory directors, according to the procedures specific to each doctoral school.
  • The doctoral schools must send their ranking (based on academic performance and English level) to csc.phd@universite-paris-saclay.fr by January 28, 2022 at the latest.

 

Step 5 : Validation of applications

Validation deadline: February 23, 2022

  • Selection and final validation by the Université Paris-Saclay of a main list of 50 project/applicant pairs and a complementary list.
  • Transmission of this list to the services concerned by the reception of foreigners and by the FSD procedures and implementation of the corresponding procedures. 
  • This selection will be transmitted to the CSC no later than February 28, 2022.​​​​​​​

 

Step 6 : Selection by the CSC of successful candidates

  • March 2022 (indicative date) : Chinese candidates submit their application to the CSC (on http://apply.csc.edu.cn)
  • April 2022 (indicative date) : examination of files admissibility of files by the CSC.

 

Step 7 : Results of the selection process

May 2022

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 2022.

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.