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The PhD program covers all of the Graduate School's research themes around sport, healthy or pathological human motor skills, and human factors.

The disciplinary fields are very varied: human and social sciences, life sciences, engineering, information sciences, ergonomics, and a great deal of innovative research is interdisciplinary.

These researches are undeniably useful to society, in the fields of leisure and sports events, prevention and health, aging, well-being, disability, etc. which affect the entire population, from the youngest to the oldest, from beginners to high-level athletes, from able-bodied to disabled.

Human and Social Sciences / Life Sciences / Engineering / Information Sciences / Ergonomics

Program content

This PhD program is attached to the doctoral school Sports and Human Movement Sciences (SSMMH), a monothematic multidisciplinary doctoral school.

It brings together a wide range of disciplines, Human and Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Information and Engineering Sciences, around the themes of sport and human movement. It is also a doctoral school of site (Ile-de-France) which gathers the research teams of the Faculties of Sport Sciences but also other teams concerned by the study of the human motricity. It is one of only two doctoral schools in France on this theme.

The doctoral school delivers PhD diplomas in three disciplines : human movement sciences, psychology and ergonomics. This monothematic interdisciplinary positioning is one of the strengths of the doctoral school SSMMH. It allows it to bring together researchers from different backgrounds interested in movement, beyond the field of sport, and authorizes innovative interdisciplinary research

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PhD students admitted to the Phd program will have a public law doctoral contract. The duration of the contract is 3 years. The contractual Phd students are full-time employees with the sole or main mission of carrying out their doctoral project. They may also be entrusted with complementary missions of teaching, scientific mediation, valorization or expertise.

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Possible employers* for Phd students under contract to the program are :

  • University of Paris-Saclay (Faculties of Sciences of Orsay, Medicine, Pharmacy, Sports Sciences and Law-Economy-Economy-Management)
  • University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
  • University of Evry Val d'Essonne
  • Centrale Supélec
  • ENS Paris-Saclay
  • Agro Paris Tech

* This list remains to be completed or specified

The doctoral school Sports and Human Movement Sciences  (the only doctoral school of the GS "Sport, Movement, Human Factors") is one of only two doctoral schools on the theme of sport and human movement in France.

Its co-accreditation with two other universities in the Ile-de-France region (University of Paris and University of Paris-Nanterre) allows us to offer Phd students targeted scientific training delivered by renowned teacher-researchers from these components.

Moreover, the moderate size of the doctoral school makes it possible to have individualized administrative follow-up by the management team and the administrative staff, and to organize annual scientific events during which PhD students can get to know each other.

The surveys on the professional situation on December 1, 2019 of PhDs who graduated in 2016 and 2018 (96% response rate) from the University of Paris-Saclay within the Graduate School Sport, Movement, Human Factors, reveal that 100% of respondents were employed at the time of the survey.

 Among them, 83% were satisfied or very satisfied with their professional situation in general and 73.9% were satisfied or very satisfied with the adequacy of their job with the PhD. Moreover, 78.3% of the respondents had a permanent job and 17.4% had a post-doctoral contract, ATER, or a scientific contract of limited duration. 

The two main sectors of activity are :

  1.  Teaching, research, R&D
  2.  Human health and social action

How to be admitted to the doctoral program in Sport, Movement, Human Factors ?

Find below the different steps to apply for the Sport, Movement, Human Factors Program – GS SMFH


Candidates for the PhD program must hold a master's degree from a French or foreign university, or a degree conferring the grade of master. All master's degrees from the Sport and human movement sciences field are the main recruitment channel for the PhD program, but it is not the only one.

 Master's degrees in the above-mentioned disciplines (see paragraph on the program's objectives) may be considered (e.g. Master's degrees in Neuroscience, Public Health, Social Sciences, Psychology, Education Sciences, Ergonomics) as long as there is a proven experience in scientific research (internships), and if possible in connection with the themes of the PhD program.


Jury Evaluation Criteria

  • Academic level of the candidate
  • Ability to present his/her thesis project in 10 minutes (scientific questions, methodology, three-year agenda)
  • Ability to answer questions from the jury and show a very good level of understanding of the thesis subject


The steps  

All candidates must apply via the Adum interface before May 14.

Two types of applications are possible :

  1. Application on a thesis subject published on Adum from April 1
  2. "Spontaneous " application when a thesis director has been identified and has given his or her prior agreement to direct the proposed thesis

The doctoral school (ED) of GS Sport, Movement, Human Factors is co-accredited with the University of Paris-Nanterre and the University of Paris, which also have contracts to offer.

For the selected candidates

Candidates selected for the audition must present their thesis project for 10 minutes, emphasizing the scientific questions and hypotheses, but also presenting if possible the envisaged methodology and timetable.

Given the limited time for presentation, candidates do not need to insist too much on their academic background, which is already included in the application file, unless they feel it is useful to show that their skills are well matched with the skills required by the thesis topic.

Candidates are then asked to answer questions from the jury members for about 10 minutes.


2022 Calendar - Candidates

  • March 31: Deadline for thesis topics to be submitted on ADUM by thesis directors
  • May 13: Deadline for applications (for published thesis subjects or "spontaneous" applications) 
  • between May 20 and 27: Period of the jury for the selection of the auditioned candidates 
  • June 9 and 10: Audition period
  • June 17: Confirmation of results


The jury

The candidates are evaluated by the same jury that represents the different scientific fields that make up the doctoral school. The jury is made up of members of the board and the council of the doctoral school (representatives of laboratories and institutions) who are available to participate during the 2 days scheduled for the competition. The list of these members is available on the website of the doctoral school.