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What you need to know

In France, a doctorate is a research training course leading, for successful students, to the grade of Doctor. It is prepared in three years or more, depending on the subject.

A doctorate is a genuine professional experience, opening the researcher to other disciplines such as management and communication. It provides access to careers in public and private research, as well as to all sectors requiring the ability to analyse and summarise, skills in precision, autonomy, creativity, persistence, and to sectors with complex challenges.

Preparing a doctorate is a challenging task involving different actors, in which the doctoral student undertakes scientific research at a high level.

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible to apply for the 1st year of the doctoral course, an applicant must have:

  • defined his/ her dissertation subject: the application for a particular subject proposed by a Doctoral School or the host laboratory has been accepted, or the subject proposed by the applicant has been accepted;
  • obtained the agreement of the doctoral dissertation supervisor and the host laboratory,
  • obtained the relevant funding (this may or may not be compulsory according to the area of research).

The applicant must also be a holder: (see Decree of 7th August 2006)

  • of a Master's degree at one of the French universities proving aptitude for research, or
  • of an equivalent diploma obtained at a foreign university proving aptitude for research. In this case, you need to ask for your Master diploma equivalence during the application procedure.

Key Dates

Spring: choice of the dissertation subject, first contacts with a doctoral school and the future doctoral dissertation supervisor.
June: registration of applicants with a doctoral school.
- reviewing the applications by doctoral schools
- opening of the recruitment process for the Research and Higher Education Label (Label Recherche et Enseignement Supérieur (RES) in French). This concerns first-year doctoral students wishing to carry out teaching assignments.
From September to December: enrolment in the 1st year of the doctorate.
Université Grenoble Alpes accepts, with special permission from the doctoral school, applications received outside the registration period in certain cases (e.g. period required to obtain the relevant funding).
January: applications from doctoral students to access the common core of the Label curriculums for those so wishing.

Updated on April 26, 2018


The College and the doctoral schools (except Philo) moved on September 1st, 2020 to join the Maison Jean Kuntzmann at 110 rue de la Chimie 38400 Saint-Martin-d'Hères on the University Campus (Tram B and C, stops "Bibliothèques universitaires").
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