The Astronomy & Astrohysics Doctoral School calls for applications for PhD positions once a year. In the regular recruitment cycle, applications for starting a PhD at autumn 2020 may be submitted (application) from February 3rd to April 15th, 2020.

Registration at our Doctoral School requires to fulfill the following conditions:

  • A Master degree in Physics, or an equivalent degree.
  • Endorsement from the PhD advisor.
  • Funding for three years

Funding may be provided through two different ways:

  • The doctoral school contest.
  • The research team. In this case, applicants must submit their application both to the doctoral school and to the funding body (CNES, CNRS, ...)

List of PhD Subjects opened in the 2020 call for application.

2019 contest

In 2019, the Doctoral School received 134 applications for 18 contracts, 60 of whom were interviewed. Including all sources of fundings, 47 PhD students started their PhD in 2019.


  • December 8th: Congratulations to Camille Gennet (AIM) and Eduardo Vitral (IAP) elected PhD student representatives for two years. Great thanks to Nicolas Dagoneau and Elena Bellomi for their service to the doctoral school.
  • December 4th: The 2020 Elbereth conference will take place on February 26th-18th at IAP.
  • November 25th: The PhD advisors are invited to submit their PhD projects from their ADUM account before February 2nd.
  • October 11th: Congratulations to Océane Barraud and Nicolas Oudart, first and second prize of the contest my thesis in 5 minutes from the French Association for Astronomy
  • October 4th, 2019: Kick-off for the 2019-2020 year of the doctoral school in Meudon Observatory. Foreign students are expected at 10am for a special meeting. General meeting at 2pm.
  • September 1st, 2019: Registration at PSL University are now done online only. PhD students must fill in their registration on ADUM, PhD advisors and Lab Heads validate on ADUM only. No more papers to be signed.