- Have a Master's degree (Master 2 in the French system) or the equivalent
- Be a student at a higher education establishment in France (i.e., a university or Grand École) that has an accredited doctoral programme. See the list of doctoral programmes that have an established relationship with INRAE.
- Have a work contract associated with sufficient funding. Certain doctoral programmes require proof of sufficient funding before students can register.
Identify an INRAE host research unit and a thesis topic
Contact the director of the research unit. Each INRAE research unit is affiliated with a doctoral programme that supervises student training and ensures that students are registered at a university or Grand École.
- See the list of research units (organised by research centre): see INRAE's research centres. Certain INRAE centres are affiliated with campuses that have student facilities for living and studying: see the map of the different sites.
- See the list of research units (organised by research theme): see the directory.
- See INRAE’s list of available PhD fellowships and potential thesis topics (with and without sources of funding): See the offers on the JOBS website
Several different types of PhD funding exist. In most cases, the first step is to talk to the director of the research unit that interests you, who can clarify which of the following types of fellowship funding might be available:
- INRAE funding (100% or in tandem with funding from regional, ANR, and/or European research projects).
- CIFRE funding (French industrial convention for research-based training), which is provided through a partnership with a private company, which serves as the official employer.
- Doctoral programme funding. There may be differences among doctoral programmes: selection may be candidate based or candidate/project based (in these cases, students must first contact and establish an agreement with the research unit). PhD fellowships are awarded based on the results of open competitions; applications are submitted in February/March. See the list of doctoral programmes.
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action funding or Erasmus funding.
- Foreign students may also receive PhD fellowships from their countries of origin for use in France.
Other useful links:
- See the Campus France website for a description of how doctoral programmes work in France
- INRAE guidelines for PhD students and young researchers (in French)
International Master's degree
The Université Côte d’Azur, INRAE and the CNRS are opening in 2019 a new international and multidisciplinary Master of Science degree which aims at training students to conduct research and development programmes in plant protection. Three specialties will be offered to students: biopesticides and natural molecules, plant improvement for biocontrol, and bio-inputs based on macro- and micro-organisms, in order to cover the major fields of plant biology.
Coordinated by the INRAE-Université de Tours Joint Research Unit for Infectiology and Public Health (ISP), the international Master’s degree in “Infectious Diseases and One Health”, operated jointly with Erasmus Mundus (EMJMD-IDOH+), has been selected once again to benefit from European funding and is thus one of the 44 applications chosen out of 91 candidates.