2024 PhD contracts for international students
Call for projects until : Mar 01, 2024

Presentation of the call

The PhD Program in Neuroscience of Aix-Marseille University (AMU) offers 3 PhD contracts (3 year-long) to students who have validated a Master’s degree outside France. The contracts are fully funded by NeuroSchool (nEURo*AMU, ANR-17-EURE-0029).

The selection process takes place in three stages:

  1. a call for projects for research teams from Aix-Marseille University laboratories with project submission by March 1st, 2024, at the latest ;
  2. a call for applications from master’s degree students or alumni with applications by April 14, 2024, at the latest ;
  3. the audition of the shortlisted candidates which will take place in late May or early June 2024 (date to be specified later).

NeuroSchool plans to fund up to 3 x 36 months of PhD salary through this call, which will be distributed among the top-ranked candidates. Note however that candidates for the international co-supervision call will be ranked together with candidates for the International PhD fellowships, thus there could be a redistribution of the funded months following the deliberation of the selection committee.

Call for projects (for researchers) - OPEN

AMU neuroscience research teams are invited to propose a PhD research project in neuroscience for the next 3 years, with a maximum of one project for every 3 HDRs in a given team (a team with 1 to 3 HDRs may submit 1 project, a team with 4 to 6 HDRs may submit 2 projects…). In this call, a principal investigator (PI) means either a supervisor or a co-supervisor.

Eligibility criteria:

  • At least one of the principal investigators (PIs) with whom the PhD student will perform the research activity must hold an HDR affiliated to the Ecole Doctorale Sciences de la Vie et de la Santé (ED62) d’Aix-Marseille University and must be working in a research team affiliated to NeuroMarseille.
  • The PI cannot simultaneously supervise more than 3 full-time PhD students or co-supervise more than 6 PhD students.
  • Any PI whose student received a NeuroSchool contract for international students or for an international co-supervised PhD in the previous 3 years (2021, 2022 or 2023) is not eligible to submit a project this year for any NeuroSchool PhD contract (neither for international students nor for co-supervised PhDs). This restriction also applies to co-supervisors.
  • IMPORTANT: A given PI applicant is only allowed to submit one project for one of the following calls:
    • international co-supervised PhD contracts (NeuroSchool)
    • PhD contracts for international students (NeuroSchool)
    • ED62 doctoral school call for doctoral contracts
    • PhD contracts offered by other Institutes/PhD Programs linked to ED62

AND  Any PI who has obtained PhD funding the previous year from ED62 doctoral school, NeuroSchool or any other PhD Program/Institute linked to ED62 (ILCB, CenTuri, etc.) is not entitled to submit a project to NeuroSchool this year.

To submit a project, please download the file below (see the “Documents available for download” tab, scroll down the left panel to see it), fill it out and upload it once completed.

The file must contain a summary of the research project highlighting its neuroscientific aspects (max. 1 page in a Word document in 11 pt Verdana font), including:

  • State of the art
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Expected results
  • Feasibility (e.g. indicate the CPP number for human studies)
  • In the case of co-supervised PhDs, explain the complementarity of the two laboratories
  • Expected candidate profile, specifying at least 4 skills

Research projects should be sent at the latest on March 1st, 2024, at midnight, through the online form below.

After verification of the eligibility criteria by the NeuroSchool PhD Program executive committee, research projects will be posted on the NeuroSchool website as well as advertised worldwide by early March 2024. PI applicants are also encouraged to advertise these calls.

Call for applications (for students) - CLOSED, WILL OPEN IN MARCH

This call for three contracts is open to Master’s graduates from top-ranked non-French universities. Joint master’s degree graduates may apply if the main institution is not in France and if they have spent more time abroad than in France during their Masters. This distribution must be specified in their application file

The candidates can download the necessary documents from early March, 2024, in the “Documents available for download” tab (scroll down the left panel to see it):

  • The list of proposed research projects
  • The document “Choice of research projects”, in which the candidate should select and rank two of the proposed research projects
  • The template for the two recommendation letters that must be sent by two referees (from their institutional email address) directly to neuroschool-phd-program-direction@univ-amu.fr

We invite interested candidates to contact PIs as early as possible to learn more about their project, specifying that they are preparing an application.

The complete application must be submitted in English on our website before April 14, 2024, at midnight (Marseille time), and must contain:

  • The document “Choice of research projects“ highlighting the adequacy between the applicant’s background and the two research projects selected (see the “Documents available for download” tab, scroll down the left panel to see it)
  • a detailed CV with copies of the obtained degrees, and mention of the related marks and ranking
  • a letter of motivation (500 words max): compared to the document about the choice of research project, you can talk more generally about your application and research interests, without going into detail about the chosen projects.

Important reminder: The two recommendation letters must be received before the deadline as well. At least one of the referees must have supervised the candidate in a laboratory (internship, master’s thesis…).

Where should you apply? Click directly on “Submit your application” on this call.

The selection of candidates is performed in 3 phases:

  • 1st phase: the PI proceeds to a first ranking (pre-selection) of the candidates who have selected her/his project. Each PI can select up to two preferred candidates.
  • 2nd phase: the selection committee examines the pre-selected candidates of all projects and selects a shortlist of candidates to be auditioned according to their academic background, motivation and their adequacy with the project.

Important : not all candidates who are pre-selected by the PI will necessarily be auditioned.

Shortlisted candidates for auditions are strongly encouraged to contact the PIs and discuss with them about their oral presentation.

  •  3rd phase: the shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (videoconference) by the selection committee, who will establish a final ranking.

PhD starting date : between October and December 2024.


The auditions will be held between the end of May and mid-June, 2024 (exact date to be confirmed later), in front of a selection committee including a representative from each NeuroMarseille laboratory and the heads of the NeuroSchool PhD program, Anna Montagnini and Wafaa Zaaraoui.

The interview usually consists of :

  • a brief presentation of the applicant’s CV and background, the main objective of the selected project and the applicant’s motivations (10 minutes),
  • answers to questions from the selection committee (10 minutes).

The jury will meet twice:

  • by videoconference for the selection of the candidates that will be interviewed;
  • in person (on the Timone campus) for the auditions of the selected candidates (interviewed by videoconference).


The successful candidates must register for their PhD in neuroscience at AMU and do their research work on a full-time basis in an AMU research laboratory for a period of 3 years starting no later than December 2024.

Pecuniary information:

Monthly salary: 2100€ gross, i.e. approximately 1687 € net, i.e. 1705 € net after income tax (subject to contribution rate changes).

Be aware that Neuroschool will not pay any travel costs (nor visa fees, if applicable): other specific sources of funding can be found (including via AMU labs/teams). Laureates also pay their own annual tuition fees (around 470 €).



Documents available for download

Call for projects phase – open

Please rename the document with the name of the PhD supervisor. Remember to include the summary of the PhD project.

Call for applications phase – closed

Please rename the documents to include the applicant’s last name in first position.


Results will be announced later.

PhD project


PhD supervisor

If applicable: PhD co-supervisor

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