Applying and registering for a PhD at the Université Grenoble Alpes

Préparer le doctorat

Applying and registering for a PhD is done in several stages. First of all, you must apply and register in one of the 13 Ecoles doctorales of the Université Grenoble Alpes, then register administratively at the College doctoral. Registration for the first year and re-registration follow separate processes.


  • Spring: choice of thesis subject, contacts with the Doctoral School and the future thesis director.
  • June: submission of the application form to the Doctoral School.
  • July: the application form is submitted to the Doctoral School.
    • study of the applications by the doctoral schools
    • opening of recruitment for the Research and Higher Education Label (RES in French) (1st year PhD students wishing to carry out teaching assignments).
  • July to december: registration and re-registration process
  • The Université Grenoble Alpes accepts, upon derogation granted by the Doctoral School, registrations outside this period, in certain cases (delay in obtaining funding for example).

Understanding the administrative process of the PhD student from registration to graduation

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Published on  January 21, 2021
Updated on September 9, 2021