Doctoral School Contest

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Doctoral School receives 19 full doctoral contracts (1430 euros net per month for 3 years) from its different universities. These contracts are awarded through a joint contest that takes place every year.

Calendar of the 2021 contest
  • Applications must be received before April 22nd, 2021.
  • The files will be examined by the jury May 10th, 2021. Selection is based on academic grades, adequation of academic education with PhD project, reference letters.
  • The selected candidates will be convened for a hearing that will take place on May 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 31st, 2021.
  • Some candidates will be able to propose a contract after the audition.
  • The remaining contracts will be awarded by the final jury on July 5th, 2021.

Applications must be posted through the website of the Doctoral School (application) from February 1st to April 22th, 2021.

Course of the hearing

The hearing lasts 20 minutes. A 12-minute presentation should outline previous research experiences (their scientific objectives, the applied methods, and the results obtained) and how the applicant understand the PhD subject and how he or she intend to tackle the subject. Typically, the applicant should use 2 minutes to introduce his/her academic education, 5 minutes to describe his/her previous research experience (mainly the Master thesis), and 5 minutes about the PhD project and its stakes.

The presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of questions.

Auditions will be held with Zoom.


The first jury (June 1st, 2021) can award up to 1/3 of the doctoral contracts available. Selected candidates are notified directly by email.

The final jury will award all the remaining contracts available and constitute a waiting list. The selected candidates are asked to respond within a week to this proposal in order to allow an adequate management of the withdrawals.


  • 1 February: The AAIF ED competition is open. Please apply before 22 April 2021, 5pm. Some additional topics will be posted online until 5 February.
  • 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.