International doctoral programs

International collaborations are an integral part of research. Some programs in particular enable the development an international experience in the context of doctoral education.

International doctoral programs

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Sorbonne University have established a collaborative program offering excellent doctoral education to Chinese candidates in all disciplines represented at Sorbonne University. Doctoral candidates are hosted in a laboratory under the supervision of Sorbonne University and receive a scholarship funded by the CSC. This scholarship is for a maximum of 4 years. Its amount is currently 1350 €/month (amount periodically re-evaluated by the CSC). In addition, doctoral candidates will have to pay administrative fees.
Candidates having obtained the CSC scholarship are required to commit to returning to China after the defense of the thesis or after a postdoctoral stay abroad (after agreement of the CSC).

Recruitment campaign

It takes place in several stages:

  • A call for doctoral research projects is launched to researchers and academic researchers at Sorbonne University. The doctoral research projects are then validated by the doctoral schools and published.
  • Chinese candidates send their applications to the project leaders, who forward the files of the candidates they have pre-selected to the doctoral schools. The candidates' files are examined by each doctoral school, which may issue a pre-admission letter subject to funding.
  • The list of all candidates pre-selected by the Sorbonne University doctoral schools is sent to the CSC.
  • Candidates must then apply in China on the CSC website. They are evaluated by the Chinese party, which notifies and awards the thesis scholarship if necessary.


Eligibility conditions of candidates

The CSC 2021 is only open to candidates of Chinese nationality who do not have any job outside the Chinese territory at the time of their application.
They must demonstrate a very good level of English and, for some fields of humanities and social sciences, a very good level of French (B2 minimum, C1 recommended).

Student in China

  • Be a student in the final year of a master's degree or have recently graduated or,
  • Be in the first year of the PhD program, a letter of recommendation from the home university will be required.

Chinese student abroad

  • Be a student in the final year of a master's degree or have graduated less than a year before applying for the scholarship.

Provisional calendar 2020-2021

  • December 15: Validated projects put online on the Sorbonne University website
  • February 10, 2021: Deadline for student applications  Chinese candidates contact the project leaders and send them an application file. The project leaders organize interviews with the best candidates, select their favorite candidate and send his or her file to the doctoral school.
  • Until February 20: Doctoral schools study the applications and, if necessary, validate them by writing a letter of admission subject to funding conditions sent to the applicants.
  • From March 1 to 31, applicants who have received a letter of acceptance complete the CSC/SU Scholarship application form on the CSC website.
  • In April, the CSC on the China side examines the files


Doctoral project proposed for 2021

Astronomy et Astrophysics for Paris Area - DS 127
•    Chemical evolution of the Milky Way galaxy in the GAIA era - Nikos PRANTZOS

Brain, cognition, behaviour - DS 158  
•    Rod-derived cone viability factor 2 for the treatment of inherited retinal blindness - Thierry LÉVEILLARD and Xiaoyuan REN
•    Multimodal MRI modeling of progression of the neurodegenerative process in Parkinson’s disease - Nadya PYATIGORSKAYA
•    Role of the schizophrenia associated receptor GluD1 in excitatory synaptic neurotransmission - Ludovic TRICOIRE

Physical and analytical chemistry of Paris Centre - DS 388
•    Prebiotic chemistry on the surface of cosmic dust grains: From interstellar dusts to planetary atmospheres - Lahouari KRIM
•    Structure and elemental excitations in multiferoïc metal-organic frameworks- Vita ILAKOVAC
•    Smart and green materials for antiscalant/anticorrosion properties in natural waters - Hubert PERROT and Hélène CHARPENTIER-CHEAP
•    Mono and bimetallic nanoparticles for modulated plasmonic catalysis properties - Alexa COURTY and Adrien GIRARD
•    Theoretical investigation of X-ray emission from collision-induced highly-excited states of ions - Nicolas SISOURAT and Yong WU
Molecular chemistry of Paris centre - DS 406
•    Peptides Stapling by Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry - Roba MOUMNÉ
•    Metal carbonyl complexes – nanoparticles conjugates as CO-releasing theranostics (THERACORM) - Hélène BERTRAND

Civilizations, cultures, literatures et sociéties - DS 020

Life science complexity - DS 515
•    Hnf1b regulation during kidney development and regeneration - Muriel UMBHAUER
•    Analysis of MPK8/TCP module functions in regulating gene expression during seed germination in Arabidopsis thaliana - Emmanuel BAUDOUIN
•    Post-transcriptional regulation of muscle differentiation in vertebrates - Shi DE-LI

•    A structure-function analysis to decipher noise and robustness in the establishment of the Bicoid morphogen step-like response - Nathalie DOSTATNI

Concepts et languages  - DS 433

•    Comparative semantic analysis of preverbs and idioms in French and Chinese - Laurent PERRIN
•    Functional Analysis of Subordination in Modern Mandarin - Françoise GUERRIN

History of art et archaeology - DS 124

Géography of Paris - DS 434

Geosciences, natural resources et environment - DS 398
•    The magmatic plumbing system of Montagne Pelée (Martinique): a steady state system ? - Hélène BALCONE-BOISSARD

Modern et contemporary history - DS 188
•    France, China and Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa from 1950s to 2001: the question of cooperation in international relations - Laurent WARLOUZET

Information technology, telecommunications et electronics in Paris - EDITE - DS 130

French and comparative literature - DS 019

•    The Motif of Foldinf Fan in 19th Century French Literature - Sophie BASCH

Ancient et médieval worlds - DS 022

Pierre Louis of public health in Paris : epidemiology and biomédical information sciences - DS 393  

Physiology, physiopathology et therapeutics -  DS 394
•    Portal mesenchymal cells in liver fibrosis - Chantal HOUSSET
•    Alleviating corneal pain with opioids - Annabelle REAUX LE GOAZIGO
•    Genetic dissection of Neuropilin1-triggered signaling pathway in Chronic Kindey Disease progression - Christos CHATZIANTONIOU and Amélie CALMONT
•    Mitochondiral Activity in hepatic fibrogenesis - Fabienne FOUFELLE
•    Role of microbiota in leukaemogenesis - Florent Malard
•    The gut microbiota as an actor immunometabolism: impact in inflammatory bowel diseases - Harry SOKOL
•    Identification of Protective Immune Mechanisms in Diabetes Complications - Nicolas Venteclef
Material physics and chemistry - DS 397

Synthesis of Janus nanorods for surface patterningLaurent Bouteiller

Highly efficient enantioselective catalysis through supramolecular chirality amplificationMatthieu Raynal

Nanofiber-materials through polymerization induced self-assembly (PISA)Jutta Rieger

Insertion of synthetic nanopores into polymeric membranes - Philippe Guégan

Physics of Ile-de-France - DS 564

•    High Sensitivity Quantum Gradiometer for ground and space applications - Franck PEREIRA DOS SANTOS 
•    Optically-induced Tesla range magnetic fieldsCatherine Schwob

•     Towards a combined NDACC/TCCON site at Paris for integrated climate and air quality studies above a European megacity - Yao TÉ et Christof JANSSEN

Environment sciences of Ile-de-France - DS 129
•    Using small sensors to characterize volcanic and urban pollution plumes in the atmosphere - Slimane BEKKI
•    Modelling in-canopy sources and sinks of volatile organic compounds in crops and forests - Benjamin Loubet and Dave Simpson
•    Dynamics of sub-inertial internal tides and impact on ocean mixing - Pascale BOURUET  AUBERTOT and Yannis CUYPERS

Natural and human sciences: evolution and ecology - DS 227
•    Marine polychaete symbionts as a source of new natural products – Ecological aspects and biosynthesis - Cédric HUBAS
•    Exploring the role of LuxR transcriptional regulators in marine bacteria-phytoplankton interactions - Raphaël LAMI and Christian JEANTHON
•    Gametogenesis and development in the flat oyster Ostrea edulis: a genomic approach to improving reproduction - Arnaud TANGUY

•    Covariation of the brain and skull during human evolution, the case of the Chinese fossil record - Antoine Balzeau

Earth, environmental and physical sciences of the universe - DS 560

Mathématical sciences of Paris Centre - DS 386
•    On the Langlands correspondence for non-supercuspidal representations of p-adic reductive groups - Anne-Marie AUBERT

Mechanical, acoustic, electronics and robotics sciences of Paris - SMAER - DS 391

Microfluidic organ-on-chip integrating sensors for permeability assessment Zhuoxiang REN

Request for specific assistance for doctoral fellows (sciences) - ASDB

For all doctoral candidates who will be affiliated to the Faculty of Sciences of the Sorbonne University, the ASDB should be set up in order to complete the 1350 euros of scholarships
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For any questions (except for the ASDB), please contact Camille Vignes

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It also relies on the network set up by the International Joint Unit UMMISCO of Sorbonne University-IRD, whose teams specialized in mathematical and computer modeling are spread over five countries: Morocco, Senegal, Cameroon, Vietnam and France.

The themes of the PDI MSC are multidisciplinary; they relate in particular to the use of complex systems modeling to solve problems of development and/or management of resources and environments, particularly in southern countries with problems in health and epidemiology, management of renewable resources, urban and regional dynamics, ecosystem dynamics.

Each year, the last three promotions of doctoral candidates registered at Sorbonne University in co-supervision with several foreign universities are gathered on the IRD Bondy campus to follow a 3-week training course.

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Coordinator: Professor Andrea FABIANO (ED 020: Civilisations, Cultures, Literature and Societies)

Sorbonne University / University of Florence

Sorbonne University have signed a collaboration with the University of Florence (Università degli Studi di Firenze) that enables doctoral candidates working on the world of European Humanism, in all disciplines to enrolled in this framework.  The doctoral candidates will obtain the double title of Doctor of the University of Florence and Doctor of Sorbonne University, when they have defended their doctorate, directed in partnership by professors from both universities.

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Coordinator: Professor Hélène CASANOVA-ROBIN
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Alexis Tadie (ED 020)

For more information, see: the University of Venice site


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