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 2024 until 19 April 2024 (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 19 April 2024 (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 15th, 2024. If for some imperative reason you are unable to attend on the day of the convocation, please inform the doctoral school immediately.

Single application

You can apply to only one subject open to the Doctoral School 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, ...).


  • The ED AAIF is saddened to learn of the death of one of its alumni, Paul de Fromont, who completed his thesis at LUTH with Jean-Michel Alimi in 2016. We offer our condolences to Diane, his wife, and to all his family and friends.
  • -* The 2023 Kick-off meeting of AAIF ED will take place on 9 October 2023 at the Observatoire de Paris, Meudon Campus.
  • The ED and PhDTalent are organising a skills assessment for doctoral students on 5 September 2023. Contact the ED if you are interested in this course.
  • -* Candidates on the main list funded by the ED AAIF competition: ABELLO Alex, BESNARD Anaïs, CARINOS Emile, CHAPPUIS Loris, COLOGNI Romane, CROS Lucie, DIALLO Nimatou Seydi, FLORES MORALES Sofia, FORT Antoine, FRANCEZ Théo, GAYOUX Théo, GIRARDOT Adrien, KOLHE Neel, LECLEF Apolline, LOIRE Baptiste, MALANDRINO Rosa, MAZUREK Helena, MEAGHER Nathan, TEYSSEYRE Pauline, URSO Irene, VARESE Maxime
  • Candidates on the complementary list for the ED AAIF competition, in alphabetical order: AUBRY Camille, BARONI Marco, BOUGAKOV Alexandre, CHANDRA Kumar, CUVELLIER Jean-Baptiste, DEBORDE Robin, DIAS COELHO MARQUES José, EVANGELISTA Lorenzo, GALOIS pierre, GHISALBERTI Ambre, KORDT Aron, KWOK Ka Wang, LECHIEN Thibault, LIBERATORI Alessio, MAI Nicolas, MAZDE Kratika, MEHTA Nishil, METAUT Guillaume, MONDELIN Maëlie, NARDELLI Laura, NOOR Mehdi, PARICHHA Abineet, RAZA Md Salman, SEEBARUTH Thershi, SRIKANTH Rohan, TEDROS Jean, TOURESSE Jade, TRIPATHI Priyamvad, VALOUR Thomas
  • 1st February 2023: Applications for the 2023 Doctoral School Competition are accepted until April 20th, 2023.
  • 13th December 2022: Opening of the 2023 call for thesis projects. PhD advisor can submit their PhD projects on their ADUM account up to January 31st, 2023.
  • 7th December 2022: Congratulations to Tony Bonnaire, Prix de la thèse des Chancellerie des Universités de Paris