Public funding

Several types of public funding are available for students preparing a doctorate:
  • Doctoral contracts funded by the Ministry and awarded by the university.
 
Doctoral students on contract are paid a gross monthly salary of € 1,684.93 over 3 years.
Applicants are selected after a review of their application and an interview, on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Scientific excellence of the project.
  • Innovative nature of research.
  • Applicant's competency (master's degree obtained with a distinction: mention bien).
  • Ability to deal with the topic within approximately 4 years.

Contract award rules, click here
 
Timetable:
  • Application documents must be submitted on eCandidat before the end of June.
  • Applicants are interviewed between July 1 and July 10.
 
Applicants who have obtained a contract can request a supplementary activity:
  • Either additional teaching (64 units per year).
  • Or research development in a laboratory.
 
  • Young doctoral student contracts funded by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region
 
Doctoral students on contract are paid a gross monthly salary of € 1,684.93 over 3 years.
 
Each project must involve a student, a research laboratory and a business partner.
If possible, the partner must commit to co-finance 10% of the grant if it is a micro, very small or small enterprise or non-profit with less than 50 employees, and 50% in other cases. The co-financing requirement may be waived in the humanities and social sciences.
 
Applications must fit into two categories:
 
  • General interest: any disciplinary theme, but must have a regional focus, including in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Strategic activity: in line with the themes listed in the region's innovation strategy as defined by the Regional Council. Out of 5 possible themes, only 2 apply to students in the humanities:
    • Intelligent and sustainable mobility.
    • Tourism - cultural industries and digital content.
 
Timetable:
  • The application must be signed by the business partner and submitted to the Doctoral School in January.
  • The six best applications are selected by the Doctoral School, then ranked by the College of Doctoral Studies by mid-February.
  • The ranked applications are sent in mid-March to the Regional Council.
  • The best projects are selected by the Regional Council by the end of April.
  • Among the selected projects, the best doctoral applicants are selected in early July. The selected applicants must have defended their master's degree.
 
  • CIFRE scholarship
 
Research funded by a partner company and matched by the French Association for Research and Technology (ANRT).
Minimum gross monthly salary of € 1,957.
Themes in line with company requirements: applied research.
No deadline for applying.
For more information, click here
Information: www.anrt.asso.fr
 
Other possible funding:
  • Mobility scholarships within the framework of exchange programs organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Basileus, Vinci, etc. Joint doctorates (cotutelle) have priority.
  • Funding linked to research contracts obtained by thesis supervisors. See the list of proposed thesis topics.