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To apply for a doctorate

You want to apply for a doctorate and you are a foreign applicant. The following pages are designed to help you with many practical issues that may arise in the context of your international mobility & doctoral studies.

You will find below all the information you might need for this purpose:

1) How to apply

You can apply to enter the PhD programme in the same manner as a French citizen. However, if you do not hold a master's degree, you must demonstrate that you hold an equivalent degree that has allowed you to acquire research training. Your training program must be in accordance with your PhD project.

2) Identify a doctorate subject

A doctorate subject must be founded with at minimum of 1300€ per months. To identify a doctorate subject, financial support, a doctorate supervisor and a laboratory.
Please contact the laboratories affiliated to the doctoral school:

3) To prepare your application form

Once the thesis subject is known as well as the supervisor and the financing found, you can submit your application file to the doctoral school. This one decides then on the admissibility of your application on educational criteria (level and motivation of the candidate, the availability of the supervision), on materials (amount of funding, means for the research works) administrative (required diplomas), in particular on the basis of the decree of May 25th, 2016. [PDF - 236 Ko]

The application files must be uploaded via ADUM (Accès Doctoral Unique et Mutualisé). All the information to access ADUM is given in this page.

4) Enrolment to a PhD thesis

If your application is accepted by the doctoral school, you can begin the registration via ADUM. The registration in doctorate is twofold: with the doctoral school and with the institution of higher education and research related to the doctoral school and connected to your doctorate supervisor (Ecole Centrale de Lyon or Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon or Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1).
It is also with this institution that you will pay every year your registration fees. The first payment of these registration fees signs the beginning of your doctorate. Concretely, it means that you will have in principle 36 full-time months from this date to realize your doctorate.