After the master's degree

Doing a PhD

In order to be able to continue with a PhD, it is necessary to seek funding. The different options available to students are listed here.

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Phd program team

Neuroschool Doctoral Contracts

NeuroSchool PhD program offers doctoral contracts every year:

• for international co-supervised PhDs
• for international students wishing to do their PhD in Marseille
• for interns, young MDs and PharmDs wishing to dedicate a year to research as part of a neuroscience thesis 

In general, projects are submitted around March 1st and applications are made in April : information and application here.

NeuroSchool calls for students

Doctoral school competitions

At the end of M2, a student wishing to do a thesis may apply for a doctoral contract (= a research allowance, i.e. a 3-year salary) as part of the Aix-Marseille University Doctoral Contracts competition for the Doctoral School of Life and Health Sciences. Each year, about 7-8 doctoral contracts are awarded to the best neuroscience students.

Warning: a student can apply to the competition at the Doctoral School of Life and Health Sciences only if his/her future thesis supervisor has a Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR) and is attached to neuroscience at the Doctoral School level.

It is also possible to apply for competitions at other doctoral schools as an external candidate.

More about the competition of ED62

Where to find other funding?

Some ways to find other sources of funding

There are also industrial agreements for training through research (CIFRE grants).

In addition, other funding can be obtained directly by the research laboratories: if you are passionate about the work of a laboratory, contact it as soon as possible to seek funding together.

This information can also be found in the form of a video (password: neuro): Finding thesis funding and scientific job offers.

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Where to look for a PhD contract?

Check out sites like these:

• Association Bernard Gregory
• Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

• Sign up to the ITMO Neuroscience newsletter lists weekly job offers or calls for applications for funding

• PhD students' society Hippo’thèse

A more complete list is available on our Useful Links page.

Funding and advice for a PhD

Foreign students

How to come and do a PhD in Marseille?

NeuroSchool contracts for international students

The PhD Program in Neuroscience of Aix-Marseille University (AMU) offers 3 PhD scholarships (3 year-long), per year, to Master’s graduates from top-ranked non-French universities.

Calls for international students

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