Doctoral Contract and various employment contracts

Depending on your funding, various contracts are possible:

  • The Contrat Doctoral /.
    This is the most frequent case. Whatever the origin of your funding, the money is given to your registration University. You sign your contract with this University. It follows an official law, décret du 29 août 2016, which is a 3 years employment contract with the French government.
  • Le contrat CIFRE /.
    This is a contract with a private company interested in your thesis subject. It provides part of the funding, and you usually spend part of your time in its laboratories.
  • A contract / with some another public or semi-public entity (CNRS ou EPIC) /.
    These contracts depend on the specific status of the entity (CNRS, CEA, ...). Usually, they follow closely the rules of a "Contrat Doctoral", but with some specificities. Check them before signing your contract. Specifically, check if teaching is allowed if you wish to do so, since it may not be systematically the case.
  • Funding from a foreign government / or an university out of France.
    If your funding comes directly from your country of origin, you may get the money directly without any contract. This is usually not optimal, and we would prefer for the funding to go through your University of registration to allow for the signature of a "Contrat Doctoral". If this is not possible, please contact us as soon as possible to allow for your specific case to be checked. If your grant is too low, we may ask your laboratory to find some supplementary funding.


  • 09 june 2021: Apply for teaching missions at Université de Paris. Deadline, 30th June, 5pm
  • 20 May 2021 : Apply for teaching missions at Observatoire de Paris. Deadline, 16th June
  • 18 May 2021: Congratulations to Mathias Nowak, Olivier Chesneau Prize 2021 for his PhD thesis entitled: "The 2017 conjunction of Beta Pictoris b: the life and death of PicSat, followed by a VLTI/GRAVITY observation of the re-emergence" at Paris Observatory
  • 1 February 2021: The AAIF ED competition is open. Please apply before 22 April 2021, 5pm. The rules, subjects, can be found in the enrolment page.
  • 29 January 2021: The call for doctoral contracts of the Physics of Infinite initiative runs until 20 February
  • 4 January 2021: The ED AAIF wish you a happy new year.
  • 1 December 2020: PhD advisor can submit their PhD projects up to Januray 31st, 2021.
  • 28 October 2020: Further congratulations to Claire Guépin, also winner of the Prix solennel de la Chancellerie des Universités de Paris 2020.
  • October 6, 2020: Congratulations to Claire Guépin, Daniel Guinier-SFP 2019 Award.
  • October 2, 2020: Congratulations to Léa Bonnefoy, L’OREAL-UNESCO Young Talent Award.
  • July 1st. Results of the 2020 competition. Main list by alphabetical order: AIMAR Nicolas, ARMANTE Mélanie, CHICHE Simon, COURTOT Ariane, DHOUIB Hachem, KOURDOURLI Mehdi, LE PIVERT-JOLIVET Tania, LEROY Lucas, LESEIGNEUR Yann, LUASHVILI Anna, MÂLIN Mathilde, MCINTOSH Ophélie, MICHOTTE DE WELLE Bayane, NOURRY Valentin, PARESSANT Keegan, PIERROT Arsène, RICHARDSON Thomas, TEP Kerwann, VINOGRADOV Alexander, WICKER Raphaël
  • July 1st. Results of the 2020 competition. Waiting list by alphabetical order: BEDOUCH Antoine, BENKADOUM Yaniss, BIGOT Axelle, CRITON Benjamin, DE BATZ DE TRENQUELLÉON Bruno, FORERO-SANCHEZ Daniel, GARMIRIAN Félix, GASPAR GOROSTIETA Iveth, GHESQUIERS Nathanaël, GROLLERON Guillaume, HOWARD Saburo, JANNAUD Thomas, KOSKAS Rémy, MILCARECK Gwenaël, MUNAIBARI Edhah, PELLEGRIN Théo, PELLOUIN Clément, QUILLEY Louis, SAMPATHKUMAR Pranav, STEICHEN Valentin, VARAEI SINA
  • April 13rd, 2020: Congratulations to Doogesh KODI RAMANAH for the SF2A 2020 thesis award.