End-of-PhD funding
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Presentation of the call

NeuroSchool and its PhD program are launching a call for applications for 6-month end-of-PhD funding, open to students enrolled in the NeuroSchool PhD program during the 2021-2022 academic year. Up to 30 months of funding will be distributed in total among 5 laureates.

The objective of this funding is to allow a student at the end of his/her PhD to finalize his/her research project and the associated publications in order to ensure a necessary background for the pursuit of his/her scientific career.

Among the criteria for evaluating candidates (detailed below), the PhD program wishes to take into account their attendance and involvement in the PhD program. Indeed, the success and quality of the program depend on the active participation of students in the organization and follow-up of these events. It is therefore important that we recognize their investment and support them in this process of personal and collective training.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicant profile: PhD student at AMU enrolled in their 3rd or 4th year at the time of application. Note that PhD students can apply twice during the course of their PhD, in case the  first attempt fails. However, PhD  students who obtain the 6 months End-of-PhD funding will have to defend their PhD before the end of their 4th year : the 6 additional months should in all cases not lead to registration in a 5th year of PhD. 
  • Host laboratory: associated with AMU
  • Mandatory registration to an AMU Doctoral School for the 2022/2023 academic year if the defense takes place after 31/12/2022
  • Enrollment in the NeuroSchool PhD Program before 2022

Documents to be provided

Documents to be provided in the form of a single PDF file named “yourname_EndPhD.pdf”:

  1. CV of the applicant (1-page maximum) detailing his/her academic and professional background (academic education, mobility, monitorat, research internship, conferences…)
  2. A document entitled “Report, justification and timetable” that will summarize in ENGLISH the results of previous PhD years, justify the request for additional months, show the feasibility and detail the calendar for the end of the PhD. This document should clearly show how the additional months of PhD funding will allow the candidate to make significant progress in his/her PhD.
    Recommendations for the “Report, justification and timetable ” document to be provided (charac.: maximum number of characters, spaces included) :
    – PhD project title and name(s) of PhD supervisor(s) and type of PhD scholarship
    – Did you apply or are you planning to apply for an end-of-PhD scholarship at another organization? If so, which one and when are the results expected? If not, explain why not. Did you ask for and/or obtain a funding extension in the context of the current pandemic?
    – PhD project description and progress report (2000 charac.)
    – Publications: detail the number of the PhD publications and their status (how advanced they are : data missing, submitted, under review?), and the attended meetings, with posters and oral presentations (1000 charac.)
    – Justification of the 6 additional months: How will 6 additional months significantly change the PhD outcome?  (2000 charac.)
    – Feasibility, including work program for the 6 months. Specify timetable and expected results. (2000 charac.)
    – Longer-term professional project  (500 charac.)
  3. The report(s) from the PhD Advisory Board (“rapport(s) du comité de suivi de thèse”)

Parts 1 & 3 can be in French or English, Part 2 must be written in English.

Recommendation letters

Please have the following persons send their detailed opinion (=recommendation letter) of the candidate (1000 charac.) directly by email to neuroschool-phd-program-direction@univ-amu.fr :

  • PhD supervisor(s)*
  • External member of the PhD Advisory Board*

* In addition to recommendations, please indicate one of the following opinions: Unfavourable / Favourable / Very favourable.

Submission procedures

  • Your application (a unique PDF document named “YourFamilyName_endphd.pdf” must be submitted via the form below.
  • PhD supervisors and external members of the PhD monitoring committee are requested to send their recommendation letters by email before the application deadline.
  • Deadline for application: Monday, February 28th, 2022, at midnight.
  • The jury will deliberate in March or early April, 2022.
  • Due to HR delays, the end-of-PhD contract is expected to start in June 2022 or later.

Rating criteria (total /20)

  • CV, PhD research project and research progress (3/20)
  • Justification of the additional 6 months (3/20)
  • Feasibility and detailed planning of the additional 6 months (5/20)
  • Report of the PhD monitoring committee + letter from the committee’s external reviewer (rapporteur) + consideration by the PhD student of any recommendations made by the committee (3/20)
  • Involvement in the PhD program since the beginning of the PhD (6/20)

The evaluations by the PhD supervisor(s) are important and help to shed light on the elements of the file provided by the candidates.


  • Employer: AMU (A*MIDEX funding)
  • Duration of the funding: 6 months, non-renewable. The fellowship will not continue beyond the PhD defense date.
  • Type of contract: full-time fixed-term contract (“contrat à durée déterminée”, CDD
  • Monthly gross salary: 1,771€ (net salary around 1,424 €, subject to revaluation and contribution rate changes.)
  • Start of the contract: from the end date of the current PhD contract.
  • After the PhD program selection, the laureates must provide an attestation from the Doctoral School stating that it validates his/her registration in the 4th PhD year before the funding can be granted.


Consisting of one representative from each laboratory, and presided by Pascale CHAVIS, the jury met on April 1st, 2022, to decide on the attribution of seven 6-month scholarships. Here are the laureates (Pedro BELIO MAIRAL (INP) and Lisa RAOUL (LNC) having finally obtained another funding and declined this one):



Director: Abdel-Mouttalib OUAGAZZAL

Cell-type optogenetic manipulation of external globus pallidus neurons in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease


Hannah IHME (INT)

Directors: Raoul BELZEAUX &  Christine DERUELLE

Interaction between attachment styles and resilience to trauma exposure: cognitive determinant and biological markers



Directors : Rochelle ACKERLEY & Jean-Marc AIMONETTI

Tactile and wetness sensitivity in humans: psychophysical and electrophysiological approaches



Directors: Françoise MUSCATELLI & Clément MENUET

A hypothalamus-brainstem neuronal network for oxytocinergic amplification of cardiorespiratory coupling



Directors: Christophe BOURDIN & Fabrice SARLEGNA

Specificity of proprioceptive perception in sighted and visually-impaired human adults.


Jean-Christophe VERMOYAL (INMED)

Director: Jean-Bernard MANENT

Multimodal analysis of epileptic networks in mouse models of grey matter heterotopia.


Gabriele GIUA (INMED)

Director : Olivier MANZONI

New Endophenotypes of Fragile X in the mouse nucleus accumbens core.