Every year more than 120 Students defend their PhD and more than 500 PhD Students are preparing a PhD at Ecole Polytechnique.
Preparing a PhD at Ecole Polytechnique means working at the heart of a competitive cross- disciplinary research center that clusters 23 Laboratories, out of what 22 are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) bringing together 1650 research staff covering 8 areas of research meeting the challenges of society and technology through mutlidisciplinary projects.
- Bioengineering, Biology and Health Sciences
- Concepts and Methods for a Digital Society
- Energy, Transportation and Environment
- Modeling and Optimization of Complex Systems
- Matter and Light in Extreme Conditions
- Markets, Innovation and Science-Society Relations
- Nanoscience, Innovative Materials and Efficient Processes
- Universal Laws and Structures
Every PhD Student at Ecole Polytechnique has a funding covering his/her salary for the entire duration of his/her PhD.
More than 25% of the PhD students at École Polytechnique are doing their PhD in partnership with a company either under the industry research partnership scheme (so called CIFRE) or thanks to a scientific collaboration between their laboratory and a Company, from start-up and small businesses to big size companies.
More than 40% of our PhD Students are international Students coming from more than 45 different countries and 25% are women.
Finally, 60% of our PhD Students had a connection with École Polytechnique before starting their PhD either as a student in the Ingenieur or Master degrees or through a research internship in one of our laboratory.
3 years after obtaining their degree, 99% of our Doctors are under employment.
At École Polytechnique, the Graduate School gives assistance to the PhD Students with every aspects of their training and life on campus, from information prior to formal application to graduation and takes care of the training quality control.
Applicants should hold a Master degree (MsC) or equivalent qualification.
Applications must be submitted directly to the Doctoral School -th edoctoral school depends on the PhD supervisor for your project- application file usually requires, at least, the following elements (extra requirements might be specified by each Doctoral School) :
- PhD Supervisor,
- Laboratory in which the research will be carried out,
- Foreseen funding
Your PhD project should be discussed ahead of the application with your potential supervisor and laboratory in order to design a tailor made project.
PhD subjects open for application are usually published at the end of each year (around December) on our website
Academic year starts in September-October. Registration for a PhD outside this period may be considered on a case-by- case basis.
> Costs and Funding :
Annual registration fees: 380€ (rate applicable in 2019-20).
Registration is subjected to the existence of a funding for the entire duration of the PhD ensuring a minimum monthly gross salary of 1,768€. Outstanding PhD Laureate may be granted a monthly bonus bringing their minimum monthly gross salary at 2,220€.
École Polytechnique has a PhD program with 40 three-years PhD funding alloted through the Doctoral Schools annual competition. Details for application are given by each Doctoral Schools on their website. PhD subjects open for the annual competition are available for online consultation.
> Assistantships :
Each year École Polytechnique propose 80 one assistantship positions that may either be Teaching assistantship, scientific outreach or consulting for industry.
A specific call is published each year in April. Fixed rate for assistantship is 41€ per hour (gross).