Your thesis project

You wish to apply for a thesis, but you still have questions about the thesis process, the choice of your subject, life in a laboratory, etc.: here is a FAQ that can help you. You can also find information about the thesis, funding, the post-thesis, etc. on the website of the CJC (in French).

We remind you that it is essential to contact and meet the thesis director who proposes the subject you wish to apply for. At the time of the meeting, ask for the contacts of former doctoral students or post-doctoral students so that you can discuss with them the progress of the thesis, the science of your thesis subject, your future thesis director, your future laboratory, etc.


Applications must be made online, from 1 February 2022 until 21 April 2022 (23h59 CEST), using the Candidater button at the top left of the form describing the thesis topic. No other applications will be considered, sent by email or by standard mail. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt from the Doctoral School. If you think you have filled in your application correctly, but do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt, please contact the ED directly at

To apply for a subject, navigate to the subject file, and use the Candidater button at the top left of the page.

The application file must include the following documents:

  1. A full CV detailing previous research experience, including the actual duration.
  2. A letter of motivation explaining how you have constructed your project to do a thesis in astrophysics, the qualities, skills and expertise you have acquired to undertake this project
  3. A copy of all academic results, with full marks.

These documents must be submitted in your application file by 21 April 2022 (23h59 CEST) at the latest.

At least one letter of recommendation from a person other than the thesis director must be sent to the Doctoral School by email

The supervisors give a favourable or unfavourable opinion on your application via ADUM before the selection on file. If you have not contacted the thesis director, the opinion may be very negative!

If your application is accepted for an audition, you will receive a convocation on May 10th, 2022. If for some imperative reason you are unable to attend on the day of the convocation, please inform the doctoral school immediately.

Dual application

Until last year, it was possible to apply for two subjects open to the Doctoral School competition. This possibility is not open for the 2022 competition.

Of course, it is still possible to apply to a subject open to the competition and to a subject funded by another funding agency (ANR, ERC, ...).


  • It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden death of Manuel Berthet on Friday 3 December in a tragic road accident. The accident that took his life also seriously injured his partner Maud, whose life is not in danger. Their one-year-old child, Silvère, was unharmed.

A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, Manuel had completed the Master 2 AAIS course in 2011-2012, before passing the agrégation in physics in 2013. He then started a PhD thesis in the radio astronomy laboratory of the ENS, which he chose to interrupt in 2017 to devote himself fully to teaching.

Manuel was a teacher in preparatory classes at the lycée Chrestien de Troyes.

The physics department of the ENS, and in particular the astrophysics team, his former comrades and colleagues of the preparation to the agrégation of physics of Montrouge, as well as the whole doctoral school, associate themselves with the pain of his family and present them their most sincere condolences.

The farewell ceremony will take place at the Crematorium of Mâcon (Saône-et-Loire), on Monday 13 December at 10:30 am. Manuel would have been 32 years old on that day.

  • 26 November 2021: Opening of the 2022 call for thesis projects. PhD advisor can submit their PhD projects on their ADUM account up to January 30th, 2022.
  • 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.