The doctoral school
The EDMH (doctoral school ministry number 574) is a reorganization of several doctoral schools. Doctoral school 142 (mathematics in the Paris-Sud region, under the auspices of the University of Paris-Sud) – which ceased to operate on 31 September 2014 – has been completely absorbed by the EDMH and provides a third of its PhD students. The EDMH has taken over mathematical training provided by doctoral school 447 (École Polytechnique Doctoral School [EDX], under the auspices of the École Polytechnique); doctoral school 285 (Doctoral School of Practical Science [EDSP], under the auspices of the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan); doctoral school 539 (Versailles Science and Technology Doctoral School, under the auspices of the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines); doctoral school 511 (Doctoral School of Science and Engineering, under the auspices of the University of Évry Val d'Essonne); doctoral school 130 (Doctoral School of Computing, Telecommunications and Electronics [EDITE], under the auspices of the University of Pierre and Marie Curie); as well as a small number of PhD students and supervisors from other doctoral schools.
The EDMH’s area contains 15 institutions belonging to the University of Paris-Saclay and a co-accredited institution (via Paris Sciences & Lettres COMUE [association of universities and higher education institutions]) – the École Normale Supérieure – with 18 host laboratories, slightly over 300 PhD students, and slightly more than 240 accredited PhD supervisors. The EDMH is extremely open to international recruitment.
The EDMH is heavily supported by the Fondation Mathématique Jacques Hadamard (FMJH), and by the Labex de Mathématique Hadamard (LMH) for PhD grants, administrative staff, and funding. The FMJH had an essential role in establishing the EDMH and makes an essential contribution to its development.
The EDMH's degree areas and keywords are as follows:
- Pure Mathematics: algebra, analysis, geometry, logic, probability, statistics.
- Applied Mathematics: applied algebra, applied analysis, numerical analysis, scientific computing, applied geometry, mathematical engineering, financial mathematics, modeling, optimization, applied probability, applied statistics.
- Mathematics at Interfaces: mathematics-economics, mathematics-IT, mathematics-mechanical engineering, mathematics-physics, mathematics-engineering science, mathematics-life sciences, and others.
The initial scientific contacts for future PhD students and future PhD supervisors are the representatives of the following institutions :
- AgroParisTech: Stéphane ROBIN
- French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA): Jérémie BOUTTIER
- CentraleSupelec (CS): Erick HERBIN
- Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm): Raphaël CERF
- Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris Saclay (ENS Paris Saclay): Agnès DESOLNEUX
- Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE): Pierre ALQUIER
- National Institute of Advanced Technology of Brittany (ENSTA) and INRIA-Saclay's own GAMMA3 team: Frédéric JEAN
- École Polytechnique (X) and INRIA-Saclay's own M3DISIM team: Thierry BODINEAU
- Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies (IHES): Emmanuel ULLMO
- National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA): Sophie SCHBATH
- Telecom SudParis: Wojciech PIECZYNSKI
- Telecom ParisTech: François ROUEFF
- University of Evry-Val d'Essone (UEVE): Pierre-Gilles LEMARIE
- University of Paris-Sud: Stéphane NONNENMACHER
- Université of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ): Vincent SECHERRE
The EDMH's executive committee – comprising the director of the EDMH, Frédéric PAULIN and the deputy directors of the EDMH (representing one or more of the institutions formally grouped into 7 management clusters, especially in ADUM) – coordinates the doctoral school. PhD students are encouraged to contact the members of this executive committee. The list of deputy directors is as follows:
- Raphaël CERF (ENS Ulm)
- Agnès DESOLNEUX (ENS Paris Saclay)
- Thierry BODINEAU (Ecole Polytechnique, INRIA-Saclay M3DISIM team)
- Frédéric JEAN (CEA, CentraleSupelec, ENSTA, INRIA-Saclay GAMMA3 team)
- Stéphane NONNENMACHER (IHES and University of Paris-Sud)
- François ROUEFF (AgroParisTech, ENSAE, INRA, Telecom ParisTech, Telecom SudParis)
- Vincent SECHERRE (UEVE and UVSQ)
The EDMH Board
The EDMH’s board establishes the EDMH's scientific and teaching policy. It meets three times per academic year and is made up as follows:
The director of the EDMH: Frédéric Paulin
The deputy directors of the EDMH, representing its institutions (including its co-accredited institution) and research teams/units:
- Raphaël Cerf (ENS Ulm representative)
- Agnès Desolneux (ENS Paris Saclay representative)
- Thierry Bodineau (École Polytechnique and INRIA representative)
- Frédéric Jean (CEA, CentraleSupélec, ENSTA and INRIA representative)
- Stéphane Nonnenmacher (IHES, University of Paris-Sud representative)
- François Roueff (AgroParisTech, ENSAE, INRA, Telecom ParisTech, Telecom SudParis representative)
- Vincent Sécherre (UEVE, UVSQ representative)
Two representatives of the engineering, administrative, technical, maintenance, and service staff: Clotilde D'Epenoux, EDMH (FMJH) administrative assistant, and Loïc Gouarin (ICNRS research engineer, LMO Joint Research Unit 8628 CNRS, University of Paris-Sud)
A representative of the Paris‐Saclay Master's in mathematics: Pascal Massart
Four elected PhD-student representatives:
- Ordinary member: Sybille Rosset, 2nd year, LMV, UVSQ - Informal substitute: Kimsy Tor, 1st year, LTCI, TelecomParisTech
- Ordinary member: Valentin De Bortoli, 1st year, CMLA, ENS Paris-Saclay - Informal substitute: Margaux Brégère,1st year, LMO, Paris-Sud
- Ordinary member: Antoine Havet, 2nd year, CMAP, Polytechnique - Informal substitute: Pierre Roux, 2nd year, LMO, Paris-Sud
- Ordinary member: Nicolas Martin, 3rd year, CMLS, Polytechnique - Informal substitute: Emile Parolin, 1st year, UMA, ENSTA
Five external experts in relevant scientific fields or industrial and socio-economic sectors:
- Sandrine Charousset (EDF), optimization representative
- Benoît Desjardins (BD Conseil), scientific computing representative
- Georges Gonthier (Microsoft-INRIA), IT representative
- Catherine Matias, life sciences representative
- Huyên Pham (University of Paris Diderot), financial mathematics representative
Teams and Partners
A key partner for the EDMH is the Fondation Mathématique Jacques Hadamard (FMJH). The FHJH has an essential role in running the EDMH, especially via the Labex de Mathématique Hadamard (LMH) that comes under its auspices, its PhD grants, administrative staff, and funding.
Doctoral School Host Laboratories
- Centre de mathématiques appliquées de Polytechnique (CMAP), Joint Research Unit 7641 CNRS
- Centre de mathématiques et de leurs applications (CMLA), Joint Research Unit 8536 CNRS
- Centre de mathématiques Laurent Schwartz (CMLS), Joint Research Unit 7640 CNRS
- Centre de recherche en économie et statistique (CREST), Joint Research Unit 9194 CNRS
- Département de mathématiques et applications (DMA), Joint Research Unit 8553 CNRS
- Fédération de Mathématiques, FR 3487 CNRS
- Génération Automatique de Maillage & Méthodes Avancées (GAMMA3), INRIA's own team
- Institut de physique théorique de Saclay (IphT), URA 2306 CNRS
- Laboratoire Alexander Grothendieck (LAG), ERL 9216 CNRS
- Laboratoire de mathématiques d'Orsay (LMO), Joint Research Unit 8628 CNRS
- Laboratoire de mathématiques de Versailles (LMV), Joint Research Unit 8100 CNRS
- Laboratoire de mathématiques et modélisation d’Évry (LaMME), Joint Research Unit 8071 CNRS-INRA
- Laboratoire traitement et communication de l'information (LTCI), TelecomParisTech's own team
- Mathematical and Mechanical Modeling with Data Interaction in Simulations for Medicine (M3DISIM), INRIA's own team
- Mathématiques et informatique appliquées (MIA), Joint Research Unit 518 INRA
- Mathématiques et informatique appliquées du génome à l'environnement (MaIAGE), UR 1404
- Services répartis, Architectures, Modélisation, Validation, Administration des Réseaux, UMR 5157 CNRS, TIPIC team
- Unité de mathématiques appliquées (UMA), ENSTA – CNRS – INRIA
- École Polytechnique
- Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)
- École normale supérieure (ENS Ulm)
- École normale supérieure de Paris Saclay (ENS Paris Saclay)
- École nationale de la statistique et de l'administration économique (ENSAE)
- École nationale supérieure de techniques avancées (ENSTA)
- Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA-Saclay)
- Institut des hautes études scientifiques (IHES)
- Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA)
- Telecom SudParis
- Telecom ParisTech
- University of d'Evry-Val d'Essonne (UEVE)
- University of Paris-Sud
- University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ)
The EDMH is attached to the University of Paris- Saclay's mathematics department and the University of Paris-Saclay's pure science collegium.
Exemption from Accredited PhD Supervision at the EDMH
The list of potential EDMH PhD supervisors (HDR and similar, academic and industrial co-supervisors, HDR exemption-holders, etc.) is available in the ADUM software. The following describes the HDR exemption and application procedures.
In accordance with the University of Paris-Saclay's doctoral charter, lecturer/researchers and researchers from the EDMH's host laboratories who are not accredited PhD supervisors (as understood by article 16 of the ministerial Decree dated 25 May 2016 on doctoral training) can apply for an exemption in order to act as PhD supervisors, in accordance with the terms and conditions specified by the University of Paris-Saclay's academic board. This exemption is for a single PhD, starting two years at the latest after the approval date. The supervisor must have obtained his/her HDR before the end of the PhD.
After discussing the matter with their institution's EDMH scientific representative when drawing up the PhD proposal, applicants for this exemption should send their CV (including publications list) and the complete proposal for the planned PhD to the EDMH's administrative assistant. After agreement from the EDMH executive committee, candidates must complete an application submitted to the University of Paris-Saclay's academic board, in accordance with the terms and conditions specified on the University of Paris-Saclay's website. This application must be sent (as a single PDF file merging all the attached annexes), signed by the candidate and their laboratory director, to the EDMH's administrative assistant, who will forward it.
The dates of the academic board meetings, as well as instructions and deadlines for submitting applications, are available on this website.
For the time being, only the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, University of d'Evry-Val d'Essone, University of Paris-Sud, and University of de Versailles- Saint-Quentin, are approved to issue HDRs in mathematics. The procedures are described in the table below.
|Institution||HDR contact||Procedure||Cover page template|
|ENS Paris Saclay||Agnès Desolneux||See website / file||Nothing|
|UEVE||Pierre Gilles Lemarié-Rieusset||See website|
|University of Paris-Sud||Frédéric Paulin||See website|
|UVSQ||Fabienne Watier||See file|
To apply for a full professorship in France in spring of year n, you must be on a qualifying list drawn up by the French National Council of Universities. Applications for qualification must be made in autumn of year n-1 at the latest.
Details of the procedure are available on the Galaxie website. Calendar note: in 2016–2017, applications for qualification could be received from 8 September to 25 October. Applicants from French higher education institutes had to have defended their HDR by 14 December and sent their application to the CNU (French National Council of Universities) referees (external examiners) by 19 December.
Specific information about CNU sections 25 (pure mathematics) and 26 (applied mathematics), as well as advice and regulations, are available on the Opération postes website.
PhD students directory
The list of the EDMH's current and past PhD students (since switching to the ADUM software) is available via ADUM.
The EDMH general administrative contact – who serves in particular as the director’s and deputy directors’ secretary – is the administrative assistant:
Clotilde D'Epenoux (01 69 15 66 56)
Ecole Doctorale de Mathématique Hadamard
91405 Orsay Cedex
The EDMH administrative contacts are as follows:
- AgroParisTech: Christelle PIRES
- CentraleSupelec: Suzanne THURON
- Ecole polytechnique (X): Audrey LEMARECHAL
- French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA): Christelle PIRES
- Ecole normale supérieure (ENS Ulm): Albane TREMEAU
- Ecole normale supérieure de Paris Saclay (ENS Paris Saclay): Véronique ALMADOVAR
- Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE): Arnaud RICHET
- National Institute of Advanced Technology of Brittany (ENSTA): Corinne CHEN
- Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies (IHES): Christelle PIRES
- National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA): Christelle PIRES
- Telecom SudParis: Julie BONNET
- Telecom ParisTech: Florence BESNARD
- University of Evry-Val d'Essone: Véronique FOURNIÉ
- University of Paris-Sud: Christelle PIRES
- University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines: Fabienne WATIER
It is important for PhD students themselves to be involved in running the EDMH. They report back to the EDMH’s senior faculty members (from the institutions' scientific representatives to the executive committee) any requirements relating to the organization of PhD supervision, concerns about their material conditions (e.g. offices, funding), etc. The latest elections of PhD students agreeing to serve as their institution's contact person were held in November 2016. You can contact the following elected representatives:
- Sybille Rosset (UVSQ), substitute Kimsy Tor (Telecom ParisTech)
- Valentin de Bortoli (ENS Paris-Saclay), substitute Margaux Brégère (Université Paris-Sud)
- Antoine Havet (Polytechnique), substitute Pierre Roux (Université Paris-Sud)
- Nicolas Martin (Polytechnique), substitute Emile Parolin (ENSTA)
The doctoral training
PhD training provided by the EDMH is run in accordance with several statutory texts:
- Various ministerial decrees, including the Decree dated 25 May 2016 on PhD training, the Decree dated 29 August 2016 on complementary doctoral missions, and the Decree dated 29 August 2016 setting remuneration for contracted PhD students
- The University of Paris Saclay's PhD Thesis Charter
- EDMH Internal Regulations
- NB: no application will be considered that does not have prior agreement from a PhD supervisor (subject to obtaining funding and the agreement of the laboratory director, registration institution director, and EDMH executive committee). There is therefore no point contacting the EDMH's executive committee without this agreement.
- See the website of the Université of Paris-Saclay for any information concerning a VAE PhD
The following are a few avenues to help you find a PhD supervisor.
- Foreign students are advised to spend some time in one of the University of Paris-Saclay's institutions (e.g. during the second year of a Master's [M2]) to meet and talk things over with prospective supervisors. Examples of Master's grants are those offered by the Fondation Mathématique Jacques Hadamard (FMJH): bourses d'excellence and international program or by the Fondation de l'École Polytechnique.
- Applicants can enter into direct contact with prospective PhD supervisors for the topics they want to research. Please consult the list of EDMH HDR-holders or the lists of members of EDMH host laboratories. Applicants can also contact a senior member of the teaching staff at their registration institution (head of the University of Paris-Saclay's M2 degree program, lecturers on M2 core courses, tutors, directors of studies, etc.), or their institution's EDMH scientific representative.
- Finally, members of EDMH research units who are accredited PhD supervisors can submit offers for future PhD topics to the EDMH via ADUM, at least one month before the deadline for receiving applications. These offers will then be posted on the University of Paris-Saclay's website (see the PhD topics section below), unless they are directly earmarked for a particular candidate. Nevertheless, PhD topics in mathematics are not intended to be public knowledge. The EDMH’s executive committee members should therefore ensure that PhD topics remain confidential during the assessment procedures.
To organize its PhD funding, the EDMH requires applicants to complete a short online pre-application form as soon as possible after they or their PhD supervisor have contacted their institution's EDMH representative (preferably by the deadline: 30 April in the calendar year of their first registration). This form will be sent to the deputy directors of the EDMH and copied to the EDMH's administrative assistant. The following information is required: first name, surname, applicant's current situation, PhD supervisor, PhD title (rough working title), prospective host laboratory and registration institution, and expected funding (and approximate net monthly amount if funding is non-standard).
PhD-Student Recruitment Criteria and Procedures
After the pre-application stage, the EDMH recruits PhD students via two procedures, each of which has its own methods for assessing interviews and written applications:
- Competitive recruitment for PhD contracts offered directly by the EDMH (via its partner institutions and subject to their final approval, or via foundations, labexes, and other partner institutions).
- Non-competitive recruitment, for all other funding sources.
Since less than 20% of funding is via competitive grants, future PhD students, PhD supervisors, and laboratory directors are encouraged to explore the many funding options described below. Funding terms and conditions, and the maximum number of PhD students per PhD supervisor are stated in the EDMH's internal regulations.
Written and Interview-Based Assessment Criteria
Applications are assessed on the following criteria, whether for competitive or non-competitive funding:
- applicant's quality (including Master’s [M2] or equivalent results; applicant's aptitude for research, as assessed from internships or a research-based dissertation; and recommendations from teaching staff)
- PhD supervisor’s quality
- PhD topic’s quality (including its originality, openness, feasibility, etc.)
- suitability of applicant’s training to solve the problem addressed by their PhD
- PhD supervisor’s suitability to supervise the proposed PhD topic
- Appropriate funding for the PhD to run smoothly and comply with the EDMH's internal regulations
Whether applying for competitive or non-competitive funding, students must briefly present themselves during their interview (to prove their aptitude to solve their PhD topic), as well as their topic, its originality and the scientific methodology they intend to use. They must also present their funding applications and briefly state their post-doctoral career plans.
Applications and their Assessment Criteria
All competitive applications to the EDMH – as well as many non-competitive applications – are made online in the ADUM software. There are two possible procedures:
- Proposal submitted by a PhD supervisor, approved by the doctoral school and posted on the website to attract applicants. The supervisor must click on the two buttons ‘online application for this topic: yes’ and ‘post online’ (at the bottom of the page). Applicants select the PhD proposal in the EDMH PhD offers portal and click on the ‘Apply’ button at the end of the offer. An offer can be earmarked for a prospective candidate by entering his/her email address. Such candidates will find the proposal in their application interface when logging into their previously created ADUM account via the University of Paris-Saclay's specific access. Such a candidate will be the only one able to apply for this project. But posting on the website generates extensive publicity for the topic, which may be undesirable. In the absence of the prospective candidate, you will have to handle many pointless applications (click on ‘PhD supervisor's opinion: ‘unfavorable’ without making any comment).
- Proposal submitted by applicants themselves when they apply: use the unsolicited application module in the ADUM software. Except if there is no prospective applicant, the EDMH recommends this mode.
Some application procedures for funding from outside the EDMH (hence non-competitive applications) may include additional paper or online forms to obtain the doctoral school's prior approval (and must be signed by the director or deputy director).
Some information must be entered online. In the ‘Type of Funding’ section, indicate the funding you have already obtained if applicable, or the list of all funding for which you plan to apply. In the ‘Funding status’ section, select ‘Obtained’ or ‘Pending’ respectively. If the name of your PhD supervisor does not appear in the drop-down list, please write to the EDMH administrative assistant so that she can add it in ADUM. The main document to be attached (in the ‘Motivation and Credentials’ section) is a pdf file containing:
- A description of the PhD proposal: obligatory (including the project title in French and English, a project summary (15 lines) in French and English, the type of funding requested (100% or co-funding), the research unit(s) supporting the project, the PhD supervisor(s), the doctoral school to which you are attached and registration institution, 5 pages (maximum) giving the context, perspective, and work plan for your PhD.
- Applicant's CV: obligatory (including surname, first name, date of birth, address, email address, phone number, description and names of Master's dissertation supervisors, and research internships.
- Available marks for Masters (M1 and M2) (send the others as soon as possible).
- Reasoned opinions and references: detailed reasoned opinion from the prospective PhD supervisor(s), brief reasoned opinion from the laboratory director(s), and possibly other references.
- Possibly a covering letter.
Please indicate on the PDF file’s cover page the list of all funding you are applying for with this application, and mention the PhD topic.
If you are applying for an interdisciplinary grant or an IDI from Paris-Saclay's IDEX or the Labex de Mathématique Hadamard (LMH), please add to the description of your PhD proposal either the priority IDI research area or the LMH interdisciplinary topic for which you are applying, and a paragraph highlighting the interdisciplinary aspect of your proposal. Please also ask your PhD supervisor to highlight the interdisciplinary aspect in his/her reference. If you are applying for an earmarked Île-de-France region ‘mathematics and innovation’ grant (Dlm MathInnov), please add a substantial paragraph highlighting the prospects for industrial or ‘real life’ applications.
For PhDs under international cotutelle agreements, indicate the specific terms and conditions envisaged when you describe the PhD proposal.
Do not fill in the ‘Covering Letter’ and ‘Additional Information’ sections in ADUM since this content is included in the above pdf file if applicable. For any questions and problems, please contact the EDMH administrative assistant.
Recruitment for Directly Funded EDMH PhD Fellowships
PhD students or supervisors should contact their institution's EDMH representative, who will study the application and send an opinion to the EDMH's committees.
There is one committee per funding source for ministerial grants managed directly by the EDMH. This committee draws up a ranked main list (which may not be in order) and a strictly ranked supplementary list. These committees meet at the same time in the same room and all comprise the director and deputy directors of the EDMH, with the following invited members as required:
* One or more representatives of the University of Paris-Saclay's Master's degree in mathematics and applications
* One or more representatives of mathematics at interfaces
* Representatives of institutions as required
Laboratories and teams who wish to do so can send their pre-ranking to the committees via the EDMH's administrative assistant.
The general calendar is as follows:
- End of May: applications studied and short-listed via email discussion
- Early June: short-listed applicants interviewed for about 20 minutes by one or more of the EDMH’s director and deputy directors
- By mid-June: applicants ranked by the awarding committees, with supplementary lists; results sent to eligible applicants ranked on the main list; request for applicants ranked on the main list to accept by return of post, subject to final approval of the EDMH board and the University of Paris-Saclay. In addition, applicants must obtain a Master's or equivalent and, if applicable, authorization from senior defense officials, visas, etc.
- Mid-June: applicants on supplementary lists collated by the doctoral school board, results sent to applicants on these lists, with a request to accept by return of post (subject to obtaining their Master's or equivalent, authorization from senior defense officials, visas, etc.
- Early July: approval by the EDMH board of the chosen applicant lists; approval by the board and members of the University of Paris-Saclay; results and supplementary lists for withdrawals.
The EDMH hopes to award the following PhD grants:
- CentraleSupelec: 1 every other year
- École Polytechnique-ENSTA: 4.5
- ENS Paris-Saclay: 1
- University of Évry: 1.5
- University of Paris-Sud: 8
- University of Versailles: 1
- ENS Ulm (PSL): 1 from time to time
- 15 May at midnight: application deadline
- 14 and 15 June: interviews by one or more of the director and deputy directors, followed by the ranking committee
- 22 June: final ranking by the FMJH-LMH steering committee for LMH-EDMH and LMH-MathSV grants
- 26 June: final committee meeting to award institutional grants and IDI grants by the University of Paris-Saclay’s doctoral college board
The number of competitive grants in 2017 is as follows:
- CentraleSupelec: 1 firm
- École Polytechnique-ENSTA:
- ENS Paris-Saclay:
- University of Évry: 1 firm
- University of Paris-Sud:
- University of Versailles:
- ENS Ulm (PSL): 0
Archives the number of ministerial grants awarded in previous years was as follows:
|ENS Paris Saclay||1||0|
|University of Evry||1||1|
|University of Paris-Sud||9||8|
|University of Versailles||1||1|
|ENS Ulm (PSL)||1||1|
Recruitment of Students Funded by Non-EDMH Sources
This recruitment procedure is for all PhDs not funded by directly awarded EDMH PhD contracts; see the funding sub-section. PhD students or supervisors should contact their institution's EDMH scientific representative, who will study the application. If the application is eligible, the scientific representative will interview the applicant for about 10 minutes (this may be via Skype for foreign applicants) and send an opinion to the EDMH's committee – formed from the EDMH executive committee – which will give notice of acceptance.
The EDMH gives notice of acceptance on an ad hoc basis and is only valid subject to obtaining the funding requested and final approval from the University of Paris-Saclay. In addition, applicants must obtain a Master's or equivalent and, if applicable, authorization from senior defense officials, visas, etc.
A non-exhaustive list of funding sources is given below.
PhD applicants and supervisors should keep an eye on the various deadlines for these funding applications.
- ANR grants (offered via an Agence nationale de la recherche project)
- CIFRE grants. NB: the ANRT application procedure takes a long time
- other industrial grants (e.g. industrial chairs sponsored by big groups)
- grants from major research bodies (DGA, INSERM, INRA, INRIA (CORDI), CIRAD, IRD, IRSTEA, ADEME, CNRS (PhD grants for engineers, BDI, etc.)
- research grants from the Centre de recherche en économie et statistique (CREST)
- European grants (project grants ERC, Marie Curie action, including COFUND, etc.
- Specific polytechnique student grants (AMX)
- Specific ENS grants (e.g. ENS Ulm and ENS Cachan grants)
- Grants via IDEX Paris-Saclay calls for applications. E.g., grants offered by
- * Interdisciplinary Doctoral Initiatives (IDI)
- * Centre de la Science des Données (CDS)
- Île-de-France regional grants (DIM MathInnov), starting in May 2017
- Fondation Mathématique Jacques Hadamard grants (FMJH)
- grants from other foundations (Gaspard Monge international PhD grants from the École Polytechnique, please contact the École Polytechnique for information). Future & Rupture PhD call for applications from the Institut Mines-Télécom, Fondation Télécom, and Institut Carnot
- integrated Master + PhD grants from the École Polytechnique
- grants from the Labex de Mathématique Hadamard (LMH), under the auspices of the FMJH. PhD students who have received an LMH grant must state the following in every publication, in both French – Ce travail bénéficie d'un financement public Investissement d'Avenir, reference ANR-11-LABX-0056-LMH – and in an appropriate translation for the publication language. In English, the statement reads: 'This work was supported by a public grant as part of the Investissement d'Avenir project, reference ANR-11-LABX-0056-LMH.'
- grants from other labexes
- foreign grants, including CSC (China Scholarship Council), which has many agreements with French universities, e.g. its agreement with the University of Paris-Sud
For some funding sources, (specific funding for École Normale and École Polytechnique students, Paris X Monge grants, Telecom's Futur et Rupture grants, CIFRE grants from the ANRT, IDEX grants from the University of Paris-Saclay, etc.), the EDMH gives an opinion subject to obtaining funding, before these funding bodies make their assessment and, where applicable, using the forms they provide. In particular, specific ENS Ulm, ENS Cachan, and École Polytechnique grants require the corresponding deputy directors to sign applications in their institutions after the EDMH executive committee has given its agreement.
For other funding sources (DIM, FMJH, and LMH grants), the EDMH also provides pre-rankings for the external awarding committees, in collaboration with representatives of these funding bodies: DIM grants: one FMJH representative (final decision made by the DIM committee). LMH and FMJH grants: one FMJH representative and one LMH representative for LMH research topics (final decision made by the FMJH and LMH steering committees).
For CSC grants (response given around April), the EDMH sends a ranking to the University of Paris-Saclay or the corresponding registration institutions at the end of January/early February. These institutions are entrusted with collating applications and sending them to the CSC at the end of February/early March.
Prizes and Distinctions
- Universities of Paris Chancellery Prize
- Chinese Government Prize
- My PhD in 180 Seconds
- Math-Entreprise AMIES PhD Prize
- Blaise Pascal Mathematics Laboratory PhD Prize
- Signal, Image and Vision PhD Prize
Tony Yue YU (supervisors: Maxim Kontsevich, IHES, and Antoine Chambert-Loir, LMO): Blaise Pascal Mathematics Laboratory PhD prize
Matthieu Aussal (supervisor: François Alouges, CMAP): Math-Entreprise AMIES PhD prize
Marc Lebrun (supervisors: Jean-Michel Morel, CMLA and Frédéric Cao, DxO Labs): Accessit Signal, Image and Vision PhD prize
Shen Lin (supervisor: Jean-François Le Gall, LMO): Chinese government PhD prize and Perrissin-Pirasset/Schneider PhD prize from the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris
Silvain Rideau (supervisor: Elisabeth Bouscaren, LMO): Thiesset de Rosemont/Demassieux PhD prize from the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris
Valérie Robert (supervisor: Gilles Celeux): winner of the Overseas Territories Talent prize
Thierry Dumont (supervisor: Elisabeth Gassiat, LMO): Math-Entreprise AMIES PhD prize
Laure Dumaz (supervisors: B. Toth and W. Werner, LMO): Thiesset de Rosemont/Demassieux PhD prize from the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris
Igor Kortchemiski (supervisor: J.-F. Le Gall): Perrissin–Pirasset/Schneider PhD prize from the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris
Pierre Simon (supervisor: Elisabeth Bouscaren, LMO): Perrissin–Pirasset/Schneider PhD prize from the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris
PhD International Co-Supervision
The application procedure for PhD international cotutelle agreements was simplified in spring 2017. The EDMH now recommends applying for this supervision as soon as international cotutelle is envisaged. The PhD supervisor must fill in an online form (if applicable, putting ‘See attached PDF file for PhD proposal’ or ‘Not applicable’ in the fields that do not have to be filled in immediately), available on point 3 of the doctoral college’s page for international cotutelle agreements. Using this form, the international relations department of the doctoral college and the various institutions will draw up the agreement and send it to be signed by the various people concerned (including the PhD student, PhD supervisor(s), director(s) of the laboratory, EDMH, and institution.
The following is the 2014–2015 list of PhDs under international cotutelle agreements at the EDMH:
- Alex Amenta, University of Paris-Sud (supervisor: Pascal Auscher) and Canberra University, Australia (supervisor: Pierre Portal), 1st year in 2013–14
- Leila Azem, École Polytechnique (supervisor: Olivier Pantz) and Science Faculty of Tunis (supervisor: Hamdi Zorgati)
- Maxime Breden, ENS Cachan (supervisor: Laurent Desvillettes) and University of Laval, Quebec, Canada (supervisor: Jean-Philippe Lessard), 1st year in 2014–15
- Rémi Cornaggia, ENSTA/EDX (supervisor: Marc Bonnet) and University of Minnesota, USA (supervisor: Bojan Guzina), 1st year in 2012-13
- Mikaela Iacobelli, École Polytechnique (supervisor: François Golse) and Sapienza University of Rome (supervisor. Emanuele Caglioti)
- Mor Absa Loum, University of Paris-Sud (supervisor: Elisabeth Gassiat) and University of Saint-Louis, Senegal (supervisor: Aliou Diop) 1st year in 2014–15
- Djordjo Milovic, University of Paris-Sud (supervisor: Etienne Fouvry) and Leiden University (supervisor: Peter Stevenhagen), the Netherlands, 1st year in 2013–14
- Santosh Nadimpalli, University of Paris-Sud (supervisor: Guy Henniart) and Leiden University (supervisor: Bas Edishoven), the Netherlands, 1st year in 2012–13
- Tobias Rienmuller, École Polytechnique (supervisor. Houssem Haddar) and University of Bremen (supervisor. Armin Lechleiter), defended in autumn 2015
- Qihao She, École Polytechnique (supervisor: Emmanuel Gobet) and NTU Singapore (Nanyang Technological University) (supervisor: Nicolas Privault)
- Faisal Wahid, École Polytechnique (supervisor: Frédéric Bonnans and University of Auckland (New Zealand) (supervisor: (supervisor: Andy Philpott)
- Xiaodong Wang, University of Paris-Sud (supervisor: Sylvain Crovisier) and Peking University (supervisor: Wen Lan), China, 1st year in 2013–14
Explanations on the section "PhD proposal"
The University of Paris-Saclay has joined the network using ADUM software, which brings together over a hundred doctoral schools in France. The two sub-sections of the 'PhD Topics' section are, respectively: 'Offers for PhD Topics' and 'Suggest a PhD topic':
- To applicants: a few PhD topics are submitted via ADUM, but these offers are far from representing every possibility for PhD supervision at the EDMH. Most topics for a PhD in mathematics are finalized via direct contact between applicants and supervisors. See the PhDs section for information and application procedures, whether for topics suggested by supervisors via ADUM or entered by applicants. If a PhD supervisor has submitted an offer in ADUM and earmarked it for a specific candidate, this candidate must use the Paris-Saclay specific ADUM access to apply for the PhD now appearing in his/her personal ADUM file.
- To supervisors: an interface with the ADUM software and minimum required explanations:
- You can only log in if you are registered in the database. Please contact your institution's EDMH scientific representative, the EDMH's management, or the EDMH administrative assistant. You will then receive a login code, which will also enable you to approve registrations and re-registrations, and enter required documents.
- Please remember to update your personal space in ADUM
- If you wish, you can submit a PhD topic by following the submission procedure in ADUM, choosing whether or not to advertise it on the EDMH website, and manage applications to your offer. If you submit an offer in ADUM without posting it on the website but earmark it for a specific candidate (enter the candidate's email address or ADUM code), please inform the candidate that he/she must use the Paris-Saclay specific ADUM access to apply for the PhD now appearing in his/her personal ADUM file.
Registration and Re-Registration
The list of EDMH registration institutions (more precisely, institutions administering PhD registrations and defenses in the name of the University of Paris-Saclay) is as follows:
- Ecole polytechnique
- Ecole normale supérieure (ENS Ulm)
- Ecole normale supérieure de Paris Saclay (ENS Paris Saclay)
- Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE)
- National Institute of Advanced Technology of Brittany (ENSTA)
- Telecom SudParis
- Telecom ParisTech
- University of Évry-Val d'Essonne
- University of Paris-Sud
- University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
The following are the registration institutions for the EDMH’s other institutions :
|EDMH Host Institution||Registration Institution|
|AgroParisTech||University of Paris-Sud|
|French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA)||University of Paris-Sud|
|Ecole normale supérieure (ENS Ulm)||University of Paris-Sud*|
|Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies||University of Paris-Sud|
|National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA)||University of Paris-Sud|
* To be more precise, in accordance with the co-accreditation agreement between PSL and Paris-Saclay, student registration is effected:
- in the institution paying the PhD student if it is authorized to award PhDs, or else in the registration institution by agreement, when the PhD student's funding is a non-earmarked ministerial five-year contract, or an IDEX PhD contract other than for a labex
- in the institution paying the supervisor if it is authorized to award PhDs, or else in the registration institution by agreement, when the above scenario is not the case and when the PhD supervisor is a lecturer/researcher paid by an institution in the Paris Science et Lettres (PSL) and University of Paris-Saclay COMUE (association of universities and higher education institutions
- in the ENS Ulm for all other cases, except for exemptions approved by the PSL and University of Paris-Saclay’s COMUE.
Each re-registration is approved in ADUM by the director or relevant deputy director, who checks the progress report (1-2 pages) written by PhD students and approved by their PhD supervisors, as well as the courses (discipline-related and complementary) validated by PhD students, and their funding. Although the course requirements are given for the entire duration of a PhD, it is not sensible to do all of them in the final year. In the absence of a pedagogical reason, your re-registration will not be approved if you have not completed enough courses.
After their course (re-)registration has been approved by the director or deputy director of the EDMH in ADUM, PhD students print off the required documents and obtain the signatures on the registration form and charter (signed by themselves, their PhD supervisor, host laboratory director, and corresponding deputy director [posted or emailed if the deputy director is not on site]). They may have to go through the registration institution's EDMH administrative contact to obtain the latter two signatures. PhD students then go to the registrar's office at their registration institution – in accordance with this office's procedures for making appointments and processing applications – with all the documents required for their administrative registration.
Practical arrangements 1srt year
For any question about registration and re-registration, please contact the registration institution's administrative representative.
The detailed registration procedure for EDMH PhD students in the ADUM software is as follows:
1) Create a personal space in ADUM on the website, if not already done when you applied.
2) Enter or update the files containing your complete CV (PDF) and photo (jpg).
3) Create or update your profile
Obligatory fields: those marked with a red star. For everything relating to your PhD proposal, however, simply put: ‘see PDF file for the PhD proposal’. Many fields (including parents' socio-economic category, type of degree enabling you to do a PhD, funding source, etc.) will used for obligatory ministerial data-collection campaigns. For this reason, please fill them in carefully. You must also enter your:
* surname, first name, sex, date and place of birth, nationality
* if a foreign national: how long your residence permit is valid for
* phone number, email address, home and work address (remember to update them)
* PhD year
* photo (jpg) and CV (PDF) if you accidentally forgot earlier
* EDMH cluster (see drop-down menu. This is essential for management per doctoral school):
- APT-ENSAE-HEC-INRA-TELECOM: AgroPariTech, ENSAE, HEC, INRA, Telecom ParisTech and Telecom SudParis
- CEA-CS-ENSTA: CEA, CentraleSupélec, ENSTA
- IHES-UPSUD: IHES and University of Paris-Sud
- UEVE-UVSQ: University of Evry-Val d'Essonne, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin
- École Polytechnique, ENS Ulm and ENS Paris Saclay are obvious clusters
- INRIA's own GAMMA3 and M3DISIM teams are attached to the CEA-CS-ENSTA and École Polytechnique clusters respectively
* Funding, type of work contract, employer, funding source, full- or part-time
* Research unit and research team (see the 'list of laboratories' menu)
* Supervisor and co-supervisor (if one of them is not in the 'list of officials', check to see if they are attached to another doctoral school. Otherwise, write to the EDMH administrative assistant firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can create a file for them in ADUM).
Fields not to be filled in: everything already in the PDF file to be attached, even if it means resending it.
4) PDF documents to be attached for pedagogical reasons (merge all these documents into a single PDF file with the administrative documents. There is nothing to attach for the admission process):
* specific attachments that may be asked for by individual doctoral schools are as follows:
- complete PhD proposal
- supporting letter from your PhD supervisor (if your PhD supervisor prefers to send a private letter, he/she must send it to the relevant deputy director of the EDMH)
- CV (so that it also appears in this PDF, to simplify the EDMH's checks)
- M2 or equivalent marks
* certificate of successful completion of required degree or an exemption form
* international cotutelle agreement (if applicable and if already signed)
* proof of funding
5) Attach the administrative documents required by your registration institution and finalize your registration.
Practical arrangements 2nd and 3rd year
For any question concerning the registration and re-registration, please contact the EDMH administrative contact of the registration institution.
Here is the detailed registration process to the EDMH for the PhD students through the ADUM software:
1) update your CV and your personal informations (do not fill in the fields concerning the PhD progress, the informations are to be given in a PDF file)
2) pdf files to be inserted from the pedagogical viewpoint:
*besides the following ones, there are no specific files that are required by the doctoral school:
* progress report of your PhD (between one and 2 pages), seen and signed by your PhD advisor. For the third year registration, the PhD defense month needs to be written on the report.
* list of the discipline-related and complementary trainings completed by the PhD student (whether in your field or transversal), called "individual training program"
*funding justification, unless already given for three years
* cotutelle agreement, when appropriate and unless already given
3) add the administrative documents that are required by your registration institution and finalize your registration.
Each (re-)registration is validated in ADUM by the director or the relevant deputy director, who checks the progress report (one or two pages) written by PhD students and validated by their PhD supervisors, as well as the training courses (discipline-related and complementary) validated by PhD students. Although the training course requirements are for the entire duration of a PhD, it is not sensible to concentrate all of them into the final year. The third re-registration will only be validated if half of the training course requirements have been completed or scheduled.
After this validation, the PhD student prints the required documents, and obtains the signatures on the registration form and the thesis charter (himself, the PhD advisor, the head of the host laboratory, the relevant deputy director (by postal mail if the deputy director is in another intitution), with the help of the local administrative contact of the EDMH for the last two signatures. He then goes to the scholar service of his registration institution, according to the local organisation and processes, with all the files necessary for his administrative registration.
Practical arrangements 4rth year and beyond
For all questions about re-registration, please contact the EDMH administrative representative at your registration institution
The detailed re-registration procedure for EDMH PhD students in the ADUM software is as follows:
1) update your CV + profile (do not fill in the fields for how your PhD is progressing and the courses you have taken since these must be attached as a PDF file)
2) PDF documents to be attached for pedagogical reasons (to be merged into a single PDF file with the administrative documents):
* PhD progress report (1-2 pages) approved and signed by your PhD supervisor. In the third year, you must state the month in which you plan to defend your PhD.
* list of discipline-related and cross-disciplinary courses taken (called your personal training plan)
* proof of funding, unless already provided for three years
* international cotutelle agreement (if applicable and unless already provided)
3) Attach the administrative documents required by your registration institution and finalize your registration.
Each re-registration is approved in ADUM by the relevant deputy director, who checks the progress report (1-2 pages) written by PhD students and approved by their PhD supervisors, as well as the courses (discipline-related and complementary) validated by PhD students. Although the course requirements are given for the entire duration of a PhD, it is not sensible to do all of them in the final year. In the absence of a pedagogical reason, your re-registration will not be approved if you have not completed enough courses.
After their course (re-)registration has been approved in ADUM by the director or deputy director of the EDMH, PhD students print off the required documents and obtain signatures on the registration form and charter (signed by themselves, their PhD supervisor, host laboratory director, and corresponding deputy director [posted or emailed if the deputy director is not on site]). They may have to go through their registration institution's EDMH administrative contact to obtain the latter two signatures. PhD students then go to the registrar's office at their registration institution – in accordance with this office's procedures for making appointments and processing applications – with all the documents required for their administrative registration.
This section describes doctoral training and monitoring of PhD students other than that provided by PhD supervisors and teams of research supervisors.
The EDMH's position on the 'author pays' system.
In conformity with the recommendation of the CNRS Scientific Board, the EDMH asks its PhD students not to submit articles to journals that impose author publishing charges (APCs) for articles to be published under gold open access. It is also important not to exceed the maximum length authorized by certain journals, failing which you will have to pay an excess length charge. The EDMH will not pay these publishing charges, either out of the budget provided by the University of Paris-Saclay's doctoral college or by the LMH labex.
The EDMH requires its PhD students to validate the following courses, divided into discipline-related and complementary courses. The full EDMH course catalog is available in the ADUM software. Courses are validated via this software, which provides attendance sheets for each course. These sheets must be signed by the course organizers or trainers and handed in for validation to the EDMH administrative contact at each registration institution. This catalog is subject to change: PhD students, supervisors, laboratory directors, contract holders, and institutions (via EDMH representatives) can send suggestions to the EDMH administrative assistant to be put online in ADUM and potentially added to the Paris-Saclay doctoral training course catalog.
The minimum requirement for discipline-related courses is 7 days over a 3-year PhD (for calculating mini-courses, 8 hours count as one day). The minimum requirement for complementary courses is 7 days over a 3-year PhD (one extra- or interdisciplinary training course can be recommended but not required, except on specific programs). If necessary, the EDMH's executive committee will decide how many days a given course is worth and post its decision in ADUM.
Except for specific cases with attendance sheets in another format (e.g. the EDMH start-of-academic-year day), please print off this attendance form and get it signed by the course leader (organizers or trainers). Then scan it into a PDF file and enter this file into ADUM.
- Specialized M2 courses
- Four-season schools, such as:
- Doctoral school courses
- IHES courses and FMJH Hadamard Lectures. See the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) website for the list of IHES courses and the Fondation Mathématique Jacques Hadamard (FMJH) website for the list of Hadamard Lectures.
- SMF theme days
- SMF ‘state of research’ training courses
- Collège de France courses:
For Collège de France courses, please write to the EDHM assistant, for preliminary authorisation
- Mini-courses given by visiting professors
- Taking part in specialized terms or semesters, e.g. those offered by the following institutions:
- Centre de Recerca matemàtica (CRM) Barcelona (see especially its doctoral training unit [UFD-CRM])
- Centre de recherches Mathématiques (CRM) Montreal
- Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio De Giorgi, Scuola Normale Superiore
- Hausdorff Center for Mathematics
- Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP)
- Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Newton Institute)
- Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)
- Mathematisches Forschungsinstitute Oberwolfach, especially its Arbeitsgemeinschaft
- Cross-disciplinary courses offered by the University of Paris-Saclay's doctoral school
- Language courses (e.g. French [preferably scientific] for non-French speakers or English[preferably scientific] for non-English speakers)
- History of science courses
- Epistemology of science seminars (e.g. philosophy and mathematics seminar at the ENS Ulm)
- Attendance at interdisciplinary conferences, e.g.:
- theoretical mechanics in Quiberon
- information geometry theory
- control theory
- mathematical physics (e.g. Les Houches summer school and Les Diablerets winter school)
- Attendance at: the maths and enterprises study week (SEME) at the AMIES
- the Summer Mathematics Center for Advanced Research in Scientific Computing (CEMRACS) at the SMAI
- the Forum Emploi Maths and Salon de l'emploi pour doctorants (PhD Talent Fair)
- the Île-de-France Region's Days for PhD Students in Mathematical Science organized by the DIM RDMath 2011–2016 and the DIM MathInnov 2017–2022
- Courses on practical popularization and dissemination of scientific culture (e.g. as part of doctoral missions):
- Practical popularization for Orsay PhD students
- Supervising school pupils for MATh.en.JEANS
- Involvement in Animath initiatives, especially the discovery and preparation initiatives for school pupils at the French National Library exhibitions, as part of the Un texte, un mathématicien (‘One text, one mathematician’) lectures
- Mathematic Park
- French tournament for young mathematicians
- Mathematics Kangerou
- Science Académie
- Palais de la Découverte (Discovery Palace) science museum
It is not possible to enter every course into the ADUM software. If you attend one of these events, please remember to use the off-catalog procedure (see above) to enter the information into ADUM. Indicate the event in the list of courses taken, which you must attach to your overall PDF file in ADUM each time you re-register as a PhD student.
Annual opening conference day
An annual day for all EDMH PhD students is organized between October and December, usually at the IHES. PhD students, especially those in their first year, are strongly advised to attend; a buffet lunch is provided.
The presentations are devoted to the EDMH’s degree programs (including PhD students' rights and duties), as well as to giving insight into scientific research conducted by the EDMH’s host laboratory teams. This helps the various partners get to know one another better and promotes the EDMH’s cohesion.
The EDMH start-of-academic-year day will take place on Monday 9 October 2017, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm at the IHES
Centre de Conférences Marilyn et James Simons
35 Route de Chartres, 91440 Bures-sur-Yvette
Lunch will be provided by the EDMH. To help us plan numbers, please register by filling in this short registration form.
Program of the 2017 sesion:
9h30-10h30 : F. Paulin (Directeur de l'EDMH) : "Informations sur le déroulement du doctorat à l'EDMH"
10h30-11h00 : Cafe break
11h00-11h50 : Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Dhia (ENSTA) : "Quelques aspects de la recherche doctorale sur l'équation des ondes dans Paris-Saclay"
12h00-12h50 : Arnak Dalalyan (ENSAE) : "Quelques aspects de la recherche doctorale en statistique dans Paris-Saclay"
12h50-14h10 : Lunch
14h10-15h00 : Christophe Breuil (Université Paris-Sud) : "Quelques aspects de la recherche doctorale sur la théorie p-adique des formes automorphes dans Paris-Saclay"
15h10-16h00 : Aline Marguet (doctorante Ecole Polytechnique) : "Sur les processus de branchement pour la modélisation d'une population de cellules"
16h10-17h00 : Thomas Moreau (doctorant ENS Paris-Saclay) : "Comprendre les signaux physiologiques au travers de la représentation parcimonieuse"
17h00-17h30 : Tea break
The representatives at each institution are the main contacts for monitoring the scientific and educational progress of EDMH PhD students. They complement PhD supervisors in the following roles:
- giving information
- providing guidance
- advising on courses (discipline-related and complementary)
- monitoring training plans/applicant portfolios
- offering support and encouragement
In the event of difficulties or problems, PhD students are strongly encouraged to request a meeting with the relevant deputy director of the EDMH and the director of the EDMH. Specific supervision is as follows:
To detect possible problems at a fairly early stage and give advice for the future advancement of their thesis, all first-year PhD students are interviewed (10-minute non-specialist presentation and 10 minutes of discussion and questions) by a committee made up of their institution's representative, as well as the relevant deputy director and invited members (including the director of the EDMH) where applicable, depending on the PhD topic and various configurations. This interview takes place between June and October, before first re-registration. PhD students are encouraged to carefully prepare for this interview by discussing it with their PhD supervisor(s).
Between February and May of their second year, representatives at institutions organize a half-day (or full day if there are too many students) of presentations in laboratories (or teams if the laboratories are too big). These presentations, lasting between half an hour and one hour, are given by second-year PhD students on their research. They are given in the presence of senior EDMH staff: institution representative, deputy director, or director. In addition to promoting internal dissemination of PhD students' research, this is an opportunity to check the advancement of PhD research and give tips for presenting it.
Between January and April of their third year (and of each subsequent year), the deputy directors and invited members (including the institution’s representative or director, or even an ombudsman) where applicable, have a 20 minute-meeting with PhD students in their cluster’s host laboratories. This is to discuss end-of-PhD procedures (including PhD content and writing up), current applications, and career openings. PhD students are encouraged to carefully prepare for this meeting, which is crucial for defense procedures. They should discuss it with their PhD supervisor(s) and come with an up-to-date CV and a list of courses (discipline-related and cross-disciplinary) they have taken.
According to the Internal Regulations of the EDMH, the monitoring committee ("comité de suivi") of every PhD student of the EDMH is the executive committee of the EDMH. For registration purposes, in the ADUM form concerning the monitoring committee, the names to be given are the one of the director of the EDMH and the deputy director in charge of your cluster ("pôle"). If ADUM requires a third name, please indicate another deputy director, the closest to your research interests, or the name of the scientific contact in your institution, if different from the deputy director in charge. If one of the previous people is one of your advisor, please give yet another deputy director name.
The EDMH’s PhD Defense Procedure
We recommend three months between starting the procedure (date when the final version of the PhD thesis is available) and the defense date. This includes the time required (which cannot be shortened) by registration institutions between the arrival of PhD assessment reports and the defense date, the time needed for EDMH decisions, and the usual minimum 2-month period given to referees (external examiners) to read, check, and assess the thesis and write their report. NB: the time required for the various stages of this process may vary according to the registration institution and must be strictly complied with.
After discussing the matter with their institution's EDMH representative, it may be worth PhD supervisors contacting the referees (external examiners) and members for the PhD examining committee before the official appointments and deadlines to schedule a defense date. It is especially difficult to change the dates and composition of PhD examining committees near the defense deadline (the first half of December) for CNU (French National Universities Council)-qualification procedures (which can be consulted on the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research's Galaxie website or the Opération postes website).
For members of PhD examining committees, please use the wording: ‘Subject to favorable assessment by the referees (external examiners) and agreement of the executive committees of the Hadamard Doctoral School of Mathematics and registration institution’.
The names of referees (external examiners) and PhD examining committee members are entered into the ADUM software by PhD students and approved in ADUM by the relevant deputy director. The route for obtaining signatures depends on each institution; please contact the relevant EDMH administrative contact. After the forms have been signed, the EDMH will send them to the relevant departments at the registration institution's doctoral schools.
Following ministerial recommendations on the use of French, PhD theses must contain a sufficiently long section (at least 10-20 pages) written in French. For example:
- a summary chapter or
- an introduction to the PhD, as well as placing the research in context and presenting its scope.
Electronic deposit of PhD theses, requests to print copies for examining committees, managing PhD defense applications
PhD students must contact their registration institution's administrative contact for practical details (including deadlines) about the following:
- electronic deposit of PhD theses via the ADUM software (interfaced with the STAR software), in accordance with procedures implemented by the University of Paris-Saclay's doctoral school. There are two steps: 1) before the defense, which is a condition for authorizing the defense; 2) after the defense, which is a condition for PhD degree certificates to be issued by France's national printing works (imprimerie nationale). Do not delay, unless the examining committee asks for major modifications.
- making appointments with the registration institution's library or archive department for the first legal deposit of your PhD thesis.
- requests (and number authorized) to print copies of your PhD thesis for the examining committee
- collecting your defense application, which is given to the examining committee on the day of your PhD defense
- returning your completed defense application to the relevant departments at your registration institution
- printing copies of your PhD thesis after your defense
- collecting your degree certificate
Front page of EDMH PhD thesis
The templates for the cover page and back cover of EDMH PhD theses are as follows (see instructions in the latex PDF source file to modify and adapt them to your specific case, especially for PhD theses under formal international cotutelle agreements):
The logos appearing on all PhD thesis cover pages are as follows:
The institutional logos are as follows:
- Centrale Supélec
- Ecole polytechnique
- Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)
- Ecole normale supérieure
- Ecole normale supérieure de Paris Saclay (ENS Paris Saclay)
- École nationale de la statistique et de l'administration économique (ENSAE)
- École nationale supérieure de techniques avancées (ENSTA)
- Institut des hautes études scientifiques (IHES)
- Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA)
- Telecom SudParis
- Telecom ParisTech
- Université d'Evry-Val d'Essonne
- Université Paris-Sud
- Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Laboratory logos, for those that have one, are as follows:
- Centre de mathématiques appliquées de Polytechnique (CMAP)
- Centre de mathématiques et de leurs applications (CMLA)
- Centre de mathématiques Laurent Schwartz (CMLS)
- Département de mathématiques et applications (DMA)
- Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique (CREST)
- Génération automatique de Maillage & Méthodes Avancées Troyes (GAMMA3)
- Institut de physique théorique de Saclay (IphT)
- Laboratoire Alexander Grothendieck (LAG)
- Laboratoire de mathématiques d'Orsay (LMO)
- Laboratoire de mathématiques de Versailles (LMV)
- Laboratoire de mathématiques et modélisation d’Évry (LaMME)
- Laboratoire traitement et communication de l'information (LTCI)
- Mathematical adn Mechanical Modeling with Data Interaction in SImulations for Medicine (M3DISIM)
- Mathématiques et informatique appliquées (MIA)
- Mathématiques et informatique appliquées du génome à l'environnement (MaIAGE)
- Services répartis, Architectures, Modélisation, Validation, Administration des Réseaux (SAMOVAR)
- Unité de mathématiques appliquées (UMA)
Appointment of Referees (External Examiners)
After discussing the matter with the EDMH scientific representative at the PhD student's host laboratory, the PhD supervisor (or the PhD student with the agreement of their supervisor) will suggest between two and four names for referees (external examiners) to the relevant deputy director. These suggestions are made by email or in the ADUM software and require prior agreement from two of them. The appointments are made by the EDMH’s executive committee, after any necessary checks and consultations have been carried out.
The minimum and usual number of examiners appointed is two, with the option of adding a third if necessary (industrial, multi-disciplinary, etc. PhD theses). The examiners must hold a HDR or equivalent (as understood by article 17 of the Decree dated 25 May 2016 on doctoral training). Unless precluded by the research field or content, these examiners must be from outside the EDMH and the candidate's University of Paris-Saclay institution (see article 17 of the Decree dated 25 May 2016 on doctoral training). Unless it proves exceptionally difficult to find a competent examiner from outside the EDMH's partner institutions to assess the PhD thesis, the EDMH's prefers examining committees to contain an internal referee (examiner) as well as the two official examiners.
After the EDMH has given its agreement, PhD students must enter the examiners' names and addresses into ADUM. PhD students or their supervisors send the thesis to the examiners, indicating the address and expected date of return for their report. An official letter from the registration institution will be sent to the examiners (you must enter their names and addresses into ADUM as soon as possible after receiving the EDMH's agreement), but we recommend you to suggest that they do not wait for this letter before starting their assessment. Unless their report has not yet arrived, it is advisable to contact the examiners one week before the registration institution's deadline for receiving reports.
The following is the list of each registration institution's deadlines for receiving pre-defense reports, as well as the person to whom signed reports must be officially sent (by email attachment or hard copy). The examiners must also email a copy of their reports to the relevant deputy director of the EDMH. This deputy director will forward them to the EDMH administrative contact at the relevant institution, if he/she has not already received them.
|Registration Institution||Pre-Defense Deadline|
Official Address for Sending Reports
|Ecole Polytechnique||4 weeks|
PDF file (with electronic signature or signed and scanned hard copy)
- PDF file (with electronic signature) : Suzanne THURON
|ENS Paris-Saclay||4 weeks||Département des Etudes Doctorales|
Bâtiment d'Alembert, bureau P2-24, 2ème étage
61 avenue du Président Wilson
94235 Cachan Cedex
|ENSAE||2 weeks||PDF file (with electronic signature or signed, scanned hard copy) :|
PDF file (with electronic signature or signed and scanned hard copy)
|Telecom ParisTech||15 days|
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Appointment of PhD Examining Committees
After discussing the matter with the EDMH scientific representative at the PhD student's host laboratory, PhD supervisors (or PhD students with the agreement of their supervisors) will email or use the ADUM software to send suggestions for an examining committee to the relevant deputy director. The appointments are made by the EDMH’s executive committee, after any necessary checks and consultations have been carried out.
The deadlines for filling in the forms appointing examining committee members and authorizing PhD defenses are the same as for returning reports (see previous sub-section). Nevertheless, you are advised to fill them in well in advance – using the following wording when contacting prospective examining committee members: ‘Subject to required authorization from the EDMH’ – to ascertain whether they are available and agree to be part of the examining committee.
Rules for the composition of EDMH PhD examining committees:
- PhD examining committees comprise between 4 and 8 members, except in specific cases subject to agreement from the EDMH’s executive committee (industrial, cotutelle, interdisciplinary theses, etc.), for which the upper limit is 6 members.
- Except in special circumstances, the committee must contain at least one member from the registration and defense institution apart from the PhD supervisor.
- It is highly recommended (but not required) for at least one of the external examiners to be a member of the examining committee.
In accordance with article 18 of the Decree dated 25 May 2016 on doctoral training, half of the members must be from outside the EDMH and University of Paris-Saclay, and half must be professors or similar. Examining committees must contain a balance of men and women (in 2010, 14% of assistant professors and full professors were women in section 25, and 27% in section 26).
Temporary Lecturer and Research Assistant (ATER) and Post-Doc Applications
NB: if you want to do a post-doc in the academic year following your PhD (whether starting in October if you defend your PhD by September, or starting in January or February if you defend it in December), you sometimes have to apply well in advance. This is often the case for the USA (typically apply by November of the third year of your PhD) and for several foundations, including the FMSP and FMJH.
The following websites list post-doc offers:
- French website: Opération postes (the Opération postes website also lists posts for assistants holding the 'agrégation', temporary lecturer and research assistant [ATER] posts, etc.)
- FMJH: FMJH and LMH international post-doc program and Hadamard Teaching Assistants
- IHES: IPDE grants
- American website: MathJobs (watch out for USA deadlines since they are often around November of the previous year)
- English website: jobs.ac.uk (see the 'Academic Jobs' section)
Applications for temporary lecturer and research assistant (ATER) posts are usually made in May, but this depends on each university. Enquire from January onwards.
Applications for Extra-Academic Jobs
For job offers in companies and start-ups, we recommend consulting job offers on the Agence pour les mathématiques en interaction avec l'entreprise et la société (Agency for Interaction in Mathematics with Business and Society [AMIES]) website.
Applications for Teaching Jobs and Deferrals
PhD students who also hold the 'agrégation' and who want a teaching post in a lycée (high school), must take part in the Académie de Versailles mouvement intra-academique (annual application procedure for teaching posts within a given school district) (or of the school district for your teaching post/teaching assistantship). If applying for a first appointment, they must also take part in the mouvement inter-academique (annual application procedure for teaching posts between school districts). PhD students can also apply for another deferral to carry out an ATER, post-doc, etc.
The procedure starts in November of the third year of a PhD:
- See information on the Official Journal of the French State Education System, website, especially the special issue explaining the procedure to follow (which may change from year to year) published at that time.
- Obtain your NUMEN. If you do not have a NUMEN, you must ring the Rectorat de Versailles on 01 30 83 44 44.
- Log in to the SIAM website and follow the procedure. In principle, your login name is the first letter of your first name followed by your family name, all written as one word and in lower case letters. If you have namesakes, add a number (1, 2, 3, etc.). The password is your NUMEN. Given the low number of initial points, some school districts will be hard to obtain.
The application procedure for posts in preparatory classes in Grandes Écoles (CPGE) is not via SIAM (even though you have to undertake this procedure if you do not obtain a CPGE post immediately and even though information about posts may be available via SIAM). You should instead write to the DGRH/B2 and contact the schools inspectorate in November: consult the official journal. It may be worth consulting teaching union information about this matter.
The second phase of the application procedure for 'agrégation' holders in is March-April. You must take part in the mouvement intra-academique. You must apply for a TZR (substitute teacher) post if you want a temporary assignment (e.g. to do an ATER or post-doc; the exact terms and conditions for temporary assignments depend on the job). To avoid being struck off the French state education system, you must follow the temporary assignments procedure and contact your education authority before leaving to do an ATER job or post-doc. The temporary assignment procedure can take a long time and you should not wait for confirmation that you have obtained it. It may also be worth consulting teaching union information about this matter.
Qualification for an Assistant Professorship
To apply for an assistant professorship in France in spring of year n, you must be on a qualifying list drawn up by the French National Council of Universities. Applications for qualification must be made in autumn of year n-1 at the latest.
Details of the procedure are available on the Galaxie website. Calendar note: in 2016–2017, applications for qualification were admissible from 8 September to 25 October. Applicants from French higher education institutes had to have defended their HDR by 14 December and have sent their application to the CNU (French National Council of Universities) external examiners by 19 December.
Specific information about CNU sections 25 (pure mathematics) and 26 (applied mathematics), as well as advice and regulations, are available on the Opération postes website. This is a great website for managing assistant professorship applications, and is the envy of other disciplines (except for IT, which is also involved). You are strongly advised to create a MARS file in it (in addition to the website).