Educational registration

To be admitted in the first year, the following conditions must be met:

– Hold a master’s degree conferred by a French university. The average grade of the master – calculated from the averages of the 4 semesters – must be at least 12/20. – Have obtained the agreement of a thesis director (DT) authorized to direct research.
– Exceptionally, the ED may admit candidates who have obtained the research master with an average of 2 years (M1 or equivalent + M2) between 11 and 11.99 on prior examination of the file by the ED pedagogical committee which gives an opinion on registration.
– Applicants whose M2 equivalent degree is awarded by a foreign university, must apply for an exemption from the French MASTER. To save time, it is advisable to file the corresponding file as soon as possible. The request for exemption (in French / in English) is examined by the pedagogical committee of ED and must reach the secretariat of the doctoral school no later than the following dates:

February 21 2020, Mai 15 2020, June 26 2020, and August 28 2020

– As soon as you have done your pre-registration online, you can make an appointment for an interview with the director of ED, from:

Mr Jonathan SITTLER Tel: 03 68 85 16 94 or 03 88 10 71 55

For a first doctoral enrollment, the head of the Doctoral School will ask you to present your research project on the basis of a document of 2-3 pages to provide at the time of registration and a document attesting the financing of the doctorate for three years. The amount must be at least the level of a doctoral contract of the University. You will also need to bring the thesis charter approved and signed by the different parties. Applicants who do not hold a French Master’s degree or equivalent are subject to the derogatory application procedure.

From the 2nd year

Period of electronic filing of files: from June 15 to September 30, 2020.

– On the occasion of your registration in the second year, the head of the Doctoral School will ask you to draw up a report of the past year on the basis of the progress you have made during the pre-registration ( 3-5 pages) with a list of scientific and professional courses taken during the year, participation in schools, publications published or in progress etc ….

– For your third (and in principle last) registration, the previous topics will be approached again on the basis of a progress report filed previously online (3-5 pages) including a list of scientific and professional courses followed in progress year, participation in schools, publications published or in progress, oral presentation of the thesis mid-term. Special attention will be paid to the progress of your thesis.

Finally, you will be asked to outline your post-thesis project. It will be necessary to specify as far as possible if you wish to make a profession in basic or applied research, or if you prefer to move in other directions. In these different cases, you will need to specify the strategy that you intend to use to achieve it. For example, if you want to join the CNRS or the University, it is advisable to contact the corresponding laboratories and ask them for the profiles of posts likely to be published in the next two years. It is then possible to choose a post-doc knowingly.

For enrollment in the fourth year of doctoral studies and beyond, a detailed report and a progress report of its work of about ten pages will be asked to the young researcher. In addition, he must provide a provisional defense schedule signed by him and his thesis supervisor and a certificate of funding.

For your thesis defense, pay attention to administrative delays. In particular, doctoral students must take into account the sometimes complex administrative procedures of their two universities before defense. Therefore, it is advisable to anticipate at least 2 additional months compared to the normal delay.