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Financing your PhD degree

HOW TO FINANCE YOUR PHD DEGREE?

Several types of financial support are available. In some Doctoral Schools, your registration is determined by your having obtained sufficient funding to complete all three years of your doctoral training.

Doctoral contracts (funded by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research)

The doctoral contract is an employment contract of three years thanks to which the institution hires a PhD student. Recruitment is by competition, and is organized by the doctoral school. There are no conditions regarding age or nationality.

For further information please visit the websites of the doctoral schools

Financing of research projects (funded by the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, French National Research Agency, European Commission)

These funds, allocated in support of a research project to a team, result in an employment contract between the institution (or research organization) and the PhD student.

For further information please visit the websites of the doctoral schools and research units

Industry-sponsored funding (CIFRE: Convention industrielle de formation par la recherche)

This funding involves an agreement between three partners around a common research project: a corporation, a student and a research laboratory. The PhD student is recruited and employed by the company, on a fixed-term or permanent contract.

For further information please visit www.anrt.asso.fr (ANRT: Association nationale de la recherche et de la technologie) or http://www.doctorentreprise.fr/

Funding by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE), foreign governments, and bilateral cooperation agencies

International applicants must apply directly to these organisms prior to their departure to obtain all useful information. For MAEE scholarships, please contact the cultural service of the French embassy in your country.

For further information please visit the directory of scholarship programs on www.campusfrance.org

Scholarships from foundations and associations

These scholarships are common in medical research. PhD students must apply directly. This type of funding results in an employment contract between the institution (or research organization) and the PhD student.


Thesis funding by discipline

(2013 figures exclusively for doctoral contracts, other paid activites are not included)