Associations are essential to make the voice of doctoral candidates and doctors, to create social links and nurturing a community.

International and national associations of doctoral candidates and doctors make them heard by institution in charge of doctoral training, government and the public. 

Regional or local associations are, internally, essential actors of important events that punctuate the life of the community of doctoral candidates (welcoming days, graduation ceremony, doctoriales ...), they create social links, inform and represent doctoral students. They also help to establish an alumni network and to promote the doctors of the University Paris-Saclay.

The elected representatives of doctoral candidates in the bodies of the University Paris-Saclay (academic council, council of the doctoral college, council of each doctoral school) make the voice of doctoral candidates in each of these bodies, relay information to them and defend their interests and viewpoints  (See Organization and contacts).

Local associations, Université Paris-Saclay

logo ADDOC, Université Paris Sud - Association DoctorantsAgir pour les Doctorants et les jeunes DOCteurs (ADDOC) is an association of Paris-Sud University. It is physically based on the Orsay campus, and is intended to apply to doctoral candidates and young doctors from all disciplines of the University Paris-Sud. The missions cover ADDOC information and representation of doctoral candidates and young doctors, in particular to defend their rights in large administrative bodies of the Paris-Sud University (Scientific Council) and national (National Council of Higher Education and Research), as well as information about their further career..


 X'Doc is the association of doctoral candidates and doctors of Ecole Polytechnique. The goals of the Association of Doctoral Candidates and doctors from École Polytechnique (X'Doc) are to create a bond of friendship between doctoral candidates ; make their life on the campus more pleasant ; promote their integration in the rest of the campus; promote further training; to value the thesis, both upstream and downstream; to help doctoral candidates to build their career plans.


L'ADUV'SQ (Association des Doctorants UVSQ) aims at welcoming doctoral candidates and facilitating contacts between different generations of doctoral candidates at UVSQ from all disciplines. This can be done through events, the website of the association or any other means deemed useful. To support doctoral candidates in their thesis work and their professional integration, including through training opportunities and organizing an annual conference, in the minds of Doctoriales days, during which doctoral candidates can meet and exhibit their work, participate in events and conferences and meeting industry. To serve as support for doctoral candidates in trouble at UVSQ, either for administrative reasons or for material reasons, framing or status, and serve as a relay between the doctoral students and their representatives.


Logo de l'association Doc'JDoc'J Association of Young Researchers from the INRA center of Jouy en Josas. The Doc'J association brings young researchers from INRA Jouy en Josas (doctoral cabdidates, post-doctoral reserachers, interns, CDD ...) to create a dynamic and facilitate contacts between them.


D2I2 - Doctoral Candidates and Doctors from the two Infinities - is an association for all physicists covering the themes of the two infinites (particle physics and astroparticle physics nuclear, cosmology, astronomy and astrophysics). Its goal is to create a social and professional network by the creation of a directory of doctoral candidates and doctors and organizing various events such as seminars, evenings, workshops dedicated to the professional future ... D2I2 accompanies you from the second year of your master studies and then stays with you during during the preparation of your thesis and after graduation, whaterver your career plan are, academic or elsewhere !
ADIT - Association of doctoral cabdidates in Therapeuthic Innovation 
Doc' en herbe - Association of the doctoral candidates of the doctoral School in Plant Sciences
Actif - Association of the doctoral candidates of CEA in Ile-de-France

National Associations

Logos CJC

The CJC (Confederation of young researchers) brings together forty national associations of doctoral candidates and doctors, volunteers involved in the recognition of the doctorate as professional experience. At the national level, given its expertise on the doctorate, it is a privileged partner of public authorities, represented including CNESER (National Council for Higher Education and Research). At European level, it contributes to think-tanks on the doctorate and young researchers through the EURODOC Association, of which CJC is a founding member.

Logo ANDès The national association of doctors, founded in 1970  and recognized as of public utility since 1975, has three main missions:

promote the doctorate: highlight the added value that represents the professional experience of the doctorate to reveal the skills of doctors;

  • place the skills and talents of doctors at the service of the society:
  • contribute to overcoming professional spheres by positioning the doctors as "boundary spanners"
  • leverage the expertise and know-how of doctors to meet the challenges of tomorrow's world;

create and synergize doctors networks:

  • increase the collective visibility of the doctors,
  • allow everyone to develop their own professional network,
  • promote interaction between network designers.

logo_PhDTalent PhDTalent is an association founded by volunteer PhD students and young PhDs interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, applied research, and transfer of concept and ideas. PhDTalent collaborate with other PhD associations (from universities, labs or research institutions) to organize an international career fair in Paris for PhD students regardless their research field or academic background. (Learn more ...)

European Associations

Logo d'EurodocEurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. It is an international federation of 32 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of young researchers from 32 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Eurodoc’s objectives are:

  • To represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers.
  • To advance the quality of doctoral programmes and the standards of research activity in Europe.
  • To promote the circulation of information on issues regarding young researchers; organize events, take part in debates and assist in the elaboration of policies about Higher Education and Research in Europe.
  • To establish and promote co-operation between national associations representing doctoral candidates and junior researchers within Europe