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Are you driven to start a PhD in a leading French institute with top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology?


École Polytechnique offers a 5-year PhD program designed for outstanding students of any nationality.

Students work closely with academic tutors who will oversee their progress and help design their training with regards to their own interests and goals.

Annual scholarship in year 1 and 2: 10 000€

Minimum monthly stipend in year 3 to 5: 1758€ (gross)

Students involved in the PhD program benefit from the attention and expertise of renowned experts in the following areas of research:

  • Applied Mathematics: Partial differential equations, Stochastic dynamics, Interacting Particles, Numerical analysis and numerical Probability, Statistical learning and computational statistics, Optimal control and differential games, automatics and robotics, Inverse problems, Applications to mechanics, physics, evolution and population dynamics, biology, economics, finance, shape optimization, signal and image analysis, data science
  • Biology: Biology and interfaces
  • Chemistry : Molecular chemistry, Chemistry of materials
  • Computer Science: Algorithms, complexity, combinatorics, constraints and optimization; Bioinformatics; Concurrent and distributed Systems, Security and Networks; Control (Hybrid) and Cyberphysical Systems; Symbolic Computation, Proofs and Types, Verification
  • Economics : Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Financial Economics, Economic Theory, Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, Game Theory, Industrial Organisation, International Trade, Spatial Economics, Public Economics, Public Finance, Labour Economics.
  • Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Humanity and social sciences : Sciences and Technology History, Business and corporate History, Political Science, Ethics and philosophy, Litterature and Sciences, Cultures and Globalization
  • Mechanics: fluid and solid mechanics, environmental and geophysical science, bio-mechanics
  • Physics: Physics of the Two Infinities, High-energy physics; Optics, Lasers, and Plasmas; Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Information, and Communications; Condensed Matter, Materials, Energy.
  • Pure Mathematics : Algebra & number theory, Analysis & partial differential equations, Geometry & dynamical systems

The first two years of the program are based on a customize selection of taught modules and lab experience to give students the tools to continue with a three-year long challenging research projects leading to a PhD degree of University Paris-Saclay.

Direct access to the program in the second year of the MSc may also be considered. (4-year PhD program)

With the support of “Fondation de l'École polytechnique” (FX) http://www.polytechnique.edu/fondation/page-accueil

For more information on postgraduate studies at École Polytechnique see : https://www.polytechnique.edu/en/masters-programs