In case of trouble

In case of trouble

A PhD may be rough. If you are in trouble, or feeling bad, do not stay alone! The sooner you share your troubles the easier it is to find help.

Read again your thesis charter, which includes prescriptions to solve conflicts. You may ask:
* Your thesis committee
* members of your laboratory
* The doctoral school representatives
* PhD students representatives
* Anybody you trust

Some problems deserve a special attetion. Do not by-pass them, whether you are a witness or a victim.

A PhD is a lot of work. Usually much more than a typical job.

However you should not work night and day, WE included. There may be some times when extra efforts are required. But you must also keep a healthy life, including (some) hollidays. You will work better if you keep in shape.

These guidelines were written for the SciencesPo school so the mail contact and phone number are not valid for the doctoral school.

We recommend you to read these brochures (link above) about sexual harassment to help you to identify and react if need be. Indeed, a part of sexual harassment problems is that it is not always detected as sexual harassment by the victims or/and witnesses.

Moreover, contrary to popular belief, sexual harassment perpetrators are not only supervisors or bosses, it can come from anyone: PhD students, postdocs, researchers, professors, ... (male and female). We want to remind you that sexual harassment is against the law and only the perpetrators are to blame and not the victims.

If you are a victim or a witness of an inappropriate situation, you can contact the representative students, the representative from the Universities or the director of the doctoral school. You can also talk confidently to a doctor, a nurse or a social worker in the universities and/or laboratories.


  • 05 July 2021. Accepted for a doctoral contract: AUCLAIR Constant, BALLERINI Giulio, BARRÈRE Paul, BRIGHI Emile, CERARDI Nicolas, COULON Xavier, GALLO Stefano, GODINAUD Leïla, GUERRA Corentin, HAFFOUD Paolo, HENAULT Elsa, KONAKA Mina, LALLEMENT Manon, LAPEL Axel, MASSON Adrien, MANZINI Davide, MAUDUIT Emilie, MERIOT Romain, PAGNINI Giulia, PANEK Emilie, SACCARDI Andrea, TEINTURIER Lucas, TOURENQ Sébastien, VERMERSCH Julie
  • 05 July 2021 Waiting liste by alphabetical order: ABD EL DAYEM Karim, GUÉ Jordan, GOLDMANN Serena, HUET Paul, JOLLY Rodrigo, KHALIL Yassin Rany, LOMAZZI Paul, MAKNAVICIUS Monika, MARIANI Vincenzo, ROTH Olivier, VEILLET Roméo, YOUSFI Fayin
  • 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.