More information on external aids

ADEME thesis programme

ADEME is a government agency dedicated to environmental development and funds doctoral contracts through its research and innovation programme. The application deadline is generally mid-spring, and the application must be submitted with the support of a future supervisor and research laboratory.

Doctoral contract for the disabled

As part of the efforts to serve the disabled, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research has made available doctoral contracts specifically for disabled persons. Twenty-five contracts are offered annually in France for PhD candidates who are registered as a disabled person.

CIFRE Contract

For almost 30 years the CIFRE programme (Conventions Industrielles de Formation par la Recherche) provides funding to French companies that hire a PhD student in order to conduct research in collaboration with a university research unit. The work performed within the company will lead to a thesis defense in three years.

CIFRE contracts are entirely funded by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research and managed by ANRT. Details about this type of contract (the procedure to follow, offers, help, etc) are available on the ANRT website.

Doctoral contract with an École française 

As part of the efforts to support international cooperation, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research allots five doctoral contracts annually in partnership with a doctoral school and one of the five Écoles françaises abroad: École française d’Athènes, École française de Rome, Institut français d’Archéologie orientale, École française d’Extrême-Orient, Casa de Velázquez (École des hautes études hispaniques). Successful candidates will have a thesis project related to the research priorities of one of the Écoles.

Interested candidates should contact the doctoral school early in the admission process in order to prepare their application.

Funding for international candidates

The platform CampusBourses run by Campus France provides a directory of different funding possibilities such as grants and scholarships. You can search by nationality, type of studies, or location of studies.

Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie offers grants and scholarships. More information here (only in French)

There also exists the Eiffel programme for excellence scholarships, which was created in January 1999 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This scholarship is managed by CampusFrance. The scholarship was created to enable French higher education establishments to attract top foreign students to enroll in their Master’s and PhD courses.

Candidates for the scholarship are pre-selected by the University in the fall to study in the following year. To apply, contact the Doctoral School between September and early November.

International students are also encouraged to inform themselves of the availability of funding from their home country.

Doctoral grants for thesis in International Relations and Strategy by the Ministry of Defense

Following the recommendations of the most recent white paper concerning defense and national security as related to supporting strategic research, the Ministry of Defense created in 2015 a new funding programme for research projects in the field of International Relations and strategy.

The PhD grants for International Relations and strategy are offered through two programmes:

  1. Programme « themes»
    The programme targets themes that have been determined by the Ministry to be priorities, all the while offering a flexible framework to allow applicants and doctoral schools to propose topics. This programme will fund 6 grants per year, for 3 years.
  2. Programme « innovation »
    This programme aims at encouraging innovative approaches by selecting subjects of any theme with an innovative methodology or multidisciplinary aspects. This programme will fund 3 grants per year, for 3 years.