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Information in English about MAs and PhDs


MAs are done in two years, M1 and M2. Please note that we seldom take MA students straight into M2. Experience has taught us that students need to get acquainted with our research methods and the French academic system. If you are not a EU student, you need to apply through the Campusfrance website and write a research proposal. CampusFrance will take care of the assessment of your French during the procedure (note that there is a registration fee).

There are two possibilities :

  1. You are currently registered in a European university: you need to apply through the Paris Diderot "e-candidat" interface, just like any Paris Diderot student.
  2. If you are a non EU student, you need to apply a year in advance through the Campusfance (CEF) platform BEFORE APRIL. You have to pay for this, but the procedure includes the assessment of your proficiency in French, your motivation(s) and knowledge of the French academic system. Campusfrance emits an opinion on your appplication, based on your academic record and your likelihood to succeed in the curriculum you have chosen. Through Campusfrance, you can apply to several universities but you will eventually need to choose only one among those that accept your application. For an MA at Paris Diderot, you will be more likely to be accepted if you write a research proposal in advance and submit it to us in a preliminary advisory phase. We have in the past written recommendation letters on the basis of approved research proposals. You can include documents in your CEF application file; do not forget to include a research proposal.

In any case, YOU NEED TO WRITE A RESEARCH PROPOSAL and you may contact professors supervising the different MA specialties for advice. You are encouraged to consult the webpage describing the research interests of the department Faculty as well as the former research topics of previous MA students. You need to have followed curricula related to your research topic. Students with backgrounds other than English studies might be considered, especially for our professionally-oriented MAs in Visual Arts or “Intelligence et Innovation Culturelles“ (note that French is compulsory for this degree). Appointments or skype sessions might be organized to ensure that you can follow our classes in English.

What are the required documents for an MA application through the Paris Diderot e-candidat onterface?
As a EU student, for any application in M1 or M2, the list of documents you have to attach to your e-candidat application are the following:

  • Three self-addressed stamped envelopes
  • A copy of your most recent student card or registration certificate
  • A copy of your ID (identity card, passport), back and front
  • A passport photograph
  • A clear plastic document sleeve, in which you will place the different documents required in the specified order

As well as:

  1. Le dossier de candidature e-candidat saisi sur internet dûment COMPLÉTÉ et SIGNÉ
  2. Your printed-out e-candidat application form, duly completed and signed
  3. La photocopie des diplômes ou attestations obtenus dans l’enseignement supérieur
  4. Copies of degrees or certificates obtained at university level (BAs, Licence, etc.)
  5. La photocopie des relevés de note des diplômes ou attestations obtenus dans l’enseignement supérieur
  6. Copies of your transcripts or academic records
  7. Un curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  8. Your CV (2 pages max.)
  9. Une lettre de motivation manuscrite (1 page maximum)
  10. A hand-written cover letter (1 page max.)
  11. En M2, un projet de recherche (2 pages maximum) avec l’accord d’un directeur de recherche de la spécialité envisagée ; en M1 l’accord écrit d’un directeur de recherche, avec éventuellement déjà un sujet défini (un e-mail du directeur imprimé et joint au dossier suffit)
  12. For M2, a research proposal (2 pages max.) and a written agreement from a supervisor in the desired speciality ; for M1, a written agreement from a supervisor (a provisional title or detailed research proposal is not a requirement, but may help); a simple print-out of an email from said supervisor will do.

Si vous n’avez pas le niveau d’études requis pour la formation demandée, complétez en plus le dossier de Validation des Acquis des Personnels et Professionnels (VAPP).

If you do not have the degree(s) required to apply to the desired program, you must also complete the form and provided the necessary documents for the VAPP procedure (“Validation des Acquis Personnels et Professionnels”), in order to be allowed to move forward with your application, on the basis of work (or other) experience.

I need to be accepted by your MA programme to get a scholarship. What is the procedure?
Our colleagues specialised in your field can express interest in your research project, but we need the full Campusfrance application to reach a decison and to endorse your application. You need to apply through Campusfrance first, the advice is to enclose a research project. We can write a recommendation letter based on your research project to support your Campusfrance application.

MA Scholarship

Is there any possibility of being awarded a scholarship?

* International Master’s scholarships program – MIEM see details on the university central pages . DEADLINE Feb 15, 2016, 1700 local time

  • The administrative region of greater Paris (Région Ile de France) awards MA grants (up to 10,500 euros) for future MA students under 30. See the pointer in French

here for the Bourse Master « Île-de-France », Bourse d’accueil d’étudiants étrangers en master. Details and reglementations can be found in French here, the deadline was early March in 2014 for 2014-2015. Note that application files are endorsed and transmitted by a Parisian University, Paris Diderot in our case. You need to plan your application in advance and find a supervisor, preferably by January.

  • The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development offers MA scholarships in scientific areas and in political sciences in a competitive program called "Eiffel". Candidates need to be approved at departmental level and at university level (8 Dec 2014). Only 40 students might be proposed by the university at MA level for further selection. We may consider research projects in political sciences, economy (see our list of supevisors).

Candidates must be under 30. The Eiffel scholarship includes a monthly allowance of €1,181 (a maintenance allowance of €1,031 and a monthly stipend of €150). Scholarship holders may also receive an additional housing allowance, under certain conditions. Details here

  • The English catalogue in English hosted by Campusfrance has an on-line searchable database, CampusBourses,

the grant search engine.

Where can I find more details ?
* Paris Diderot's presentation of our MA
* the complete catalogue of our postgraduate modules
* our Faculty website

* General presentation in English of our MAs


— You may read le guide du doctorant (in French) or download Information in English about a PhD at Sorbonne Paris Cité, aka Paris Diderot and affiliated Parisian universities or in French la plaquette «Faire son doctorat à USPC» en français

  • FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the doctoral course?
Limited to three years, especially for students with a PhD grant. Each graduate school has its own rules, but a PhD is usually between three and five years, (potentially more, but only if you work full-time). For linguistics, you should refer to the Graduate School of Linguistics and Language Studies (ED 132 Sciences du langage) (head: Ioana Chitoran, secretary Irène Rasoarinoro ed@linguist.univ-paris-diderot.fr).

What is the procedure to apply to your university?
You need to write a research proposal, and find a supervisor willing to supervise your PhD. The PhD project has to be accepted by the person in charge of your supervisor’s research team and by the head of the graduate school. For linguistics, a referee (un référent) also has to be appointed. The paperwork for the registation procedure also includes a charter in French describing expectations and obligations.

What is the deadline for enrolling in your PhD programme?
Once you have a formal agreement with a supervisor, you apply on line. The on-line application system is open in July and from the end of August to end of November. See details in French here. There are no courses as such, but PhD candidates have to follow seminars in semester 1 (end of Sept - Dec) or semester 2 (Jan-May).

PhD Scholarship

Is there any possibility of being awarded a scholarship?
PhD grants (‘Contrats doctoraux’) are alloted by each graduate school, based on an evaluation of research proposals pre-selected by the different research teams); a decision is reached in early July. There is an in-person interview with the graduate school board. PhD candidates are strongly encouraged to pursue their MA (M2) at Diderot if they wish to apply for PhD grants through the graduate schools. For the Humanities (English Literature/History/Visual arts), see deadlines on the webpage for the graduate School ED131 (in French). See explanations in French page 5-6 of this document. For Linguistics, refer to the webpage in French for ED 132.

Additional programs exist, but calls for projects and deadlines may vary from year to year

  • The “federation” of universities (COMUE, “communautés d’universités et établissements”) Sorbonne Paris Cité (to which Paris Diderot belongs) awards 20 PhD grants to candidates who have only resided in France for a year. See page in English here. A fact sheet in English can be downloaded here. The call for proposals (in French) for 2015 is here. The deadline is end of January 2015.
  • The administrative region of greater Paris (Région Ile de France) awards PhD grants on a regular basis in specific fields (known as DIM, “Domaines d’Intérêt Majeur”) and issues other more irregular calls for proposals. See initial pointers in French here. The deadline was March in 2014 for regular programs (127 PhD grants for all Parisian universities) and January for the other programs (30 in 2013). You may consider the pointer for gender studies . Three PhD grants were awarded in 2014 for research on gender studies.
  • Specific programs, usually in connection with specific countries, may be financed by the French national research agency ANR.
  • if your supervisor works in a CNRS research team, you may be eligible for specific calls. See yearly schedule in French of the main programs here. There are constraints and conditions, you need to be supported by a local research team in your home university. The application deadline is mid-December 2014 for the academic year 2014-2015. See instructions about the application form published in French by the INSHS, the CNRS institution in charge of Humanities.
  • PhD candidates in political sciences may consider the competitive program called “Eiffel”. Candidates need to be approved at departmental level and at university level (8 Dec 2014). A monthly allowance of €1,400 is awarded (to successful candidates…) for 10 months for PhD students wanting to spend ten months in France, through joint supervision or dual enrolment (preferably in the second year of their PhD). Details here.
  • PhD candidates needing to spend 10 months in America may consider the competitive program organised by L'Institut des Amériques. All over France, 4 PhD projects can be financed for fieldwork in America. Look the presentation in French for the 2015 call for projects . The deadline is March,16th.

To apply, you must write a research proposal (between three and ten pages + references), and contact a supervisor specialised in your domain with your CV and papers or summary of your MA research.

Does the university provide accommodation for international students?

It does not, as a rule, but arrangements can be made as Paris Diderot has privileged connections with la Cité internationale, the international halls of residence, which has an interface in English.

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