Selection for grants

Calendar for 2019:

The schedule for the 2019 PhD candidate selection is as follow:

  • From February 2nd to April the 26th: On line applications opens. Use the key "Candidater" at the bottom left of the page.
  • May 6th: Selection and call for interviews.
  • From May 20th to 24th: Interview of selected candidates in Paris.
  • May 27th: First jury.
  • July 1st: Final jury selection.

The supervisor agreement is expected before the interview. The laboratory agreement and a copy of the master’s thesis report are expected before the final jury.


The interview lasts 30 mn. A 15 mn presentation by the applicant should show his/her previous curriculum in research and his/her understanding of the context of the PhD subject and how he/she is the best choice to meet the goals. Typically, use 3 mn to introduce yourself, 7 mn to present your Master’s thesis results and 5 mn on the PhD subject.

About 10 mn of questions follows the presentation.

Interviews take place at Paris Observatory. Applicants are advised to make the trip to Paris if they can. Some interviews by skype are possible, but past history shows that this is almost always detrimental to the candidate.


A first meeting (on May 27th, 2019) synthetises the interviews. The jury may attribute up to 1/3 (at most) of the grants. Selected candidates are contacted directly by mail.

The final jury offers the remaining grants and set a list of supplementary candidates. It is requested from the selected candidates to answer as soon as possible to allow for a smooth exploration of the supplementary list.

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