COMPETITION FOR DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: 2 - 4 June, 2021
Welcome to the competition for doctoral fellowships of plant sciences doctoral school.
As part of its missions, ED sets up a policy for choosing doctoral students, based on explicit and public criteria and organises, as part of the policy of ED partner institutions, the awarding of doctoral contracts allocated by the Ministry in charge of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) to the University of Paris-Saclay.
This is an open competition for anyone who will have a master's degree or equivalent by Oct 1st, 2021, but you can only enter the competition with the knowledge and support of a supervisor who presents a subject.
The list of thesis subjects are online from March, 2021 and can be found following this link. https://www.adum.fr/psaclay/ptenccdees?ed=136
Clicking on the title will open the project descriptions, most of which are in English as well as French. If a project interests you, contact the supervisor as soon as possible to discuss and see if your candidature interests him or her.
PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline was fixed individually by each supervisor and varies among the subjects. If a subject interests you must apply before the application deadline of that project.
This date is set at midnight on 11 May 2021 at the latest.
PLEASE NOTE: A SUPERVISOR MAY PRESENT ONLY ONE CANDIDATE FOR A SUBJECT, AND A CANDIDATE MAY COMPETE FOR ONLY ONE SUBJECT.
However, you can initiate the application procedure for several subjects and discuss with several supervisors to determine which subject you will really compete for.
You can apply by clicking on "Candidater" at the bottom of the page.
Please log into the ADUM system, and you can apply by clicking on "Candidater" at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the application forms that are available in English or French.
Then you can fill in your personal data and the information about your educational curriculum and past research activities and experiences. This will generate a detailed cv.
Click on “Motivations and Supporting documents”. On this page, in the box provided, please paste your "cover letter" explaining your motivation for preparing a PhD and the reason of your choice of this project. In the box for "Additional information" please provide a 3-page detailed description of a research experience of your choice. Most candidates will summarise their Masters research project, but if you have other more relevant research experience feel free to chose this. This summary of a research project you have carried out or are carrying out should not be more than 3 pages long and should lay out the scientific question(s), the methods used, the main results or predictions and the conclusions, if available. This summary serves to help the jury prepare questions that permit the candidates to demonstrate their skills and aptitudes.
You may also add a few lines on outside interests and hobbies after this summary.
You register your information and you will have access to the "Finalize my application" button.
If the thesis supervisor has selected you to apply for the competition, at that time, you must send to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 12, 2021 at the latest: your application file as a single .pdf file consisting of :
- the detailed 3-page description of a research experiment (which you have just put on ADUM)
- cover letter (that you just put on ADUM)
- Transcript of master marks 1 and 2
NB: do not send the complete document from ADUM.
For the supervisors:
The superviser must validate the candidature of her/his candidate and refuse all others on the ADUM site https://www.adum.fr/index.pl on the chosen date and before 11 May 2021 at midnight.
So, he/she must fill the chosen candidate's e-mail in the space "offre attribuée". Moreover, he/she must refuse the other candidates in order to inform them.
For each candidate, the two most appropriate jury members are chosen to examine the dossier in detail and evaluate it for the rest of the jury.
The jury is composed of 8-10 people who are not presenting a subject this year and representing the different research areas covered by the doctoral school.
It is constituted as follows:
- four or five members belonging to the doctoral school and representing the major scientific directions and sites, who are not presenting a subject this year.
- four or five external members chosen to be scientifically complementary to the internal members.
- the director and/or vice director of the doctoral school and one elected student representative are observers throughout the competition, attending the presentation of all candidates. The observers do not participate in the deliberation of the jury, the jury having supreme authority.
The competition (modalities of the 2020 competition)
The officials of the doctoral school together with the student representative prepare the elements necessary for the competition and inform the jury of the rules and procedures. The director of the doctoral school together with the student representative inform the candidates of the procedure for the competition, remind them of the criteria used for classing the candidates and inform them of the timetable for events following the interview: date of the publication of the results, procedure for registering if their candidature is successful, etc. Their role is to assure the equitable and fair treatment of all candidates by the jury.
Each candidate is interviewed for 20 minutes:
Auditions will be conducted by full videoconference for jury and candidates. Each selected candidate will receive a link to connect
-5 minutes of presentation during which the candidate should present how her/his past research experience has prepared him/her to carry out the thesis project for which she/he is competing.
- 15 minutes of discussion during which the jury will pose questions about her/his motivation and scientific knowledge relevant to the subject for which he/she is competing.
Your task in the competition is to convince the jury of your capacity to carry out the research project for which you are applying. You will be judged on your theoretical and your technical knowledge.
- The jury will have 5 minutes following each interview without the observers to discuss each candidate.
When all interviews are complete the jury alone, without the observers, will discuss and rank the candidates based on the criteria established by the scientific council of the doctoral school and explained to the candidates. These criteria are:
- strength of the candidate during the interview, in particular for the response to questions and discussion
- aptitude and preparation that the candidate demonstrates in both the written document and the interview for the subject(s) for which she/he competes
- motivation and aptitude
- grades of the Master or equivalent
The jury should not base their judgment on their perception of the quality of the thesis subjects, all subjects presented at the competition having already been validated. All subjects presented for the competition are judged equivalent.
The rank of the candidates will be determined by their scientific quality based on the criteria described above. Criteria such as equilibrium among sites, institutes and disciplines should only be employed for ranking candidates considered to be of equivalent quality based on the totality of the other criteria. The final ranking, produced by the jury alone with no outside witnesses, is given to the officials of the doctoral school and the student observer.
Results of the competition:
The jury gives to the Doctoral School management team the ranking of each candidate together with comments that justify the final ranking and results.
After the end of the competition each candidate and supervisor will be informed of her/his own result (received or position on the complementary list as well as the comments (that contain no personal comments or value judgments). Complaints or requests for additional information should be addressed to the president of the jury, the director of the doctoral school and to the student representative. The deliberations and discussion being confidential, only the final results and comments can be publicly accessible.
The director and scientific council of the doctoral school will proceed with the attribution of contracts together with the university and the corresponding service at the ministry. The procedure and final results of the competition are presented every year by the president of the jury to the scientific council of the doctoral school.
A contract is given to a student for a subject. Changing subjects after the competition implies loss of the contract*. If a student withdraws or refuses a contract, the liberated contract does not remain with the same subject but is attributed to the highest ranked of the complementary list for the subject for which that candidate competed.
* : except exceptional cases treated by the director of the doctoral school together with the scientific board.