Funding a thesis
Remuneration for a PhD candidate may come from various sources. For example:
- Doctoral contracts from public higher education or research establishments (published in the official French Republic bulletin on 25 April 2009)
- PhD candidate contracts with research bodies: CNRS, ADEME, CEA, etc.
- PhD candidate contracts from regional authorities (Regions first and foremost)
- CIFREs (Industrial Training through Research Agreements) that allow PhD candidates to carry out their research project within a company, actively involved in the works and their consequences
- Work contracts based on research contracts allocated by the National Research Agency, by the European Union or by a company. Consult the host team
- Funding from foreign Governments for their citizens, from the French Ministry of foreign affairs (French ambassadors), from the French-speaking universities agency, etc.
- Funding from associations that support research (especially medical research)
A few remuneration amounts*
- Doctoral contracts from public higher education or research establishments: approximately EUR 1,700 or EUR 2,000 gross per month if the PhD candidate integrates additional assignments (introduction to higher education or other assignments)
- CEA: EUR 2,100 gross per month
- CIFRE: EUR 2,000 gross per month, minimum.
*(gross monthly amounts over 12 months; 2014 figures)
Funding by an international thesis co-supervisory body
- Requires an agreement to be put in place between the two partner establishments (must be established at latest during the first 18 months of the thesis)
- Simultaneous enrolment in both higher education establishments, one French, one foreign, under the responsibility of a thesis supervisor in each of the two countries
- Work carried out alternately in both teams, in accordance with the development of the subject, by means of long-term stays in each partner institution (financial aid for mobility may be obtained (enquire with the establishments).
One single defence acknowledged by both establishments
- PhD awarded by contracting establishments, either jointly or separately: the young researcher is therefore a made doctor by each establishment.
Depending on the establishments and the content of the co-supervision agreement, the PhD candidate only pays the enrolment fee in one establishment (generally the one where he/she will defend the thesis).
There is a social cover requirement in both countries (discuss methods when setting up the co-supervision agreement: refer to the International Relations departments of the Universities concerned).
Further information is in the official text of the decree of 6 January 2005