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The main sources of funding :

  • Doctoral contracts from the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI), through permanent allocations in the budgets of the institutions or through special calls (e.g.: normal students, polytechnics, disability, international),
  • Resources from the EPST, local authorities, national calls (e.g. ANR) ...

The doctoral contract is the main form of support that can be awarded to doctoral students. The 8 doctoral schools of the University of Bordeaux launch a recruitment campaign every year in June for the start of the academic year in September.

The doctoral contract is :

  • A 3-year fixed-term employment contract
  • It can only be extended by one year in exceptional cases such as sickness, maternity leave, etc.

The doctoral contract provides the possibility of 3 complementary activities to the research one :

  1. A teaching mission
  2. Consultancy or expertise missions for companies or public authorities
  3. Missions to disseminate scientific and technical information or to promote research

Other types of funding :

  • Industrial agreements for training through research: the CIFRE

They enable young researchers to complete their thesis within a company by carrying out a research and development programme in conjunction with a research team from outside the company, integrated into a doctoral school.

  • Scholarships from foreign governments (e.g. ministries ...)
  • International programs (ex : China Scholarship Council ..)
  • Funding from the European Commission ( ex : Erasmus ..)
  • Private funding

Please note

The obligation to funding a thesis is not required in the Decree of 25 May 2016 relating to doctoral training. However, it is a mandatory prerequisite for registration in a thesis for some doctoral schools. Some even introduce a minimum funding threshold when it is not a doctoral contract.

Updated on 04/03/2020

Contractual PhD student guide

The contractual doctoral student has the dual status : student and University employee. This guide informs you of the HR regulations concerning each newly recruited contractual doctoral student in addition to the many resources and tools available on the job site.