Our ambition is to attract the best students in the world. Therefore, we provide financial and material support for all our future Ph.D. candidates.

The cost comprises both tuition fees and cost of living. Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities (top-notch research and teaching equipment with our library and electronic resources, and our campus and IT facilities university library, Wi-Fi on campus). The cost of living in Toulouse is not covered by your tuition fee. To cover these costs there are various forms of financial support available.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the doctoral programme amount to €15,000 per year as estimated for the academic year 2019 - 2020, with a tuition fees waiver for all admitted students.

Cost of living

The approximate cost of living is around €730 per month. This includes accommodation, electricity, gas, health, insurance, phone, Internet, food and leisure.


At TSM we are committed to financially supporting talented and motivated students to study in our programmes. Therefore we provide a number of scholarships for outstanding students who have been admitted to the doctoral programme. Doctoral candidates may be eligible for financial aid according to need and merit:


Additional funding for research cover:

More information about the doctoral contract and other external funding is available below.

Doctoral contract
The doctoral contract, as specified in Décret no 2016-1173 du 31 août 2016 (information in French HERE), is the same for all higher education institutions in France. It is open to all students in the second year of a doctoral programme (year following completion of Master of Science). The three year contract is signed by the University Toulouse Capitole and the doctoral student and confers to status of public sector contract employee to the doctoral student.
Doctoral contracts are awarded after a presentation by the applicant to the Doctoral School Council. Only a 7 to 9 contracts are available each year and academic excellence is the first selection criteria. Contracts are generally awarded to applicants intending to work in higher education and research.
The gross salary is 1758€ for contracts without any teaching responsibilities, and 1978€ for contracts with 64 hours of teaching per year. Contracts start October 1st. 
ADEME thesis programme
ADEME is a government agency dedicated to environmental development, and finances 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. For more information HERE
Doctoral contrat 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 contacts are offered annually in France for doctoral candidates who are registered as a disabled person.
Learn more about this contract HERE
CIFRE Contract
For almost 30 years the CIFRE programme (Conventions Industrielles de Formation par la Recherche) provides funding to French companies that hire a doctoral student in order to conduct research in collaboration with a university research unit. The work perfomed within the company will lead to a thesis defense in three years.
CIFRE contracts are entirely financed by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research and managed by the ANRT. Details about this type of contract (procedure to follow, offers, help, etc) are available on the  ANRT website.
Bresilian candidates are eligible for the CIFRE Bresil: more information HERE.
Indian candidates are eligible for CIFRE Inde: more information HERE.
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. For more information on the Écoles et their research programme, please consult this link.
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 runs by CampusFrance provides a directory of different funding possibilities such as grants and scholarships. You can search by nationality, type of studies, or location of studies. The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie offers grants and scholarships. More information here.
There also exists the programme for excellence scholarships Eiffel, which as 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 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 has created in 2015 a new funding programme for thesis 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 finance 6 grants per year, for 3 years. 
 2. Programme « innovation »
This programme aims to encourage innovative approaches by selecting subjects of any theme with innovative methodology or multidisciplinary aspects. This programme will finance 3 grants per year, for 3 years. 
More information HERE