Institutional funding opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities.

Institutional funding opportunities:


  • Research grant from the Ministry of Research

Qualifications requirement:
Students who wish to benefit from a research grant must apply in the academic year immediately following the date on which they obtained a DEA, a Research Masters or an exemption from them.
This time limit does not apply to candidates who hold the Agrégation.

Exemptions are permissible if, between the year of obtaining the DEA or the Research Masters and the year of application, the student either:
- completed their national service, regardless of the duration thereof, or accompanied their spouse who was completing their national service abroad,
- prepared, for one year, and took the examinations for the Agrégation or the CAPES,
- completed the practical training period of the Agrégation or the CAPES
- was on maternity or sick leave for more than four consecutive months
- completed a traineeship abroad of up to one year
- finished their specialist internship for medicine and pharmacy interns, after benefiting from a research year to prepare a Research Masters or a DEA.
Qualification origin requirement:
The research grant candidate must have obtained their DEA or Research Masters in France or an equivalent qualification in a signatory country of the agreement relating to the European Higher Education Area (besides the member countries of the European Union, this agreement has been signed by Albania, the Principality of Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Russian Federation, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Moldavia, Norway, Serbia-Montenegro, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the Vatican State).

Age requirement:
Under the age of 25 at the end of the calendar year of registration in the first year of your thesis.
Exemptions, granted by the head of the institution, are permissible for students under the age of 30 on1st January of the year of application, upon presentation of a formal and reasoned request from the head of the doctoral school.


  • The Ile de France Region Research Grant

Each year the Ile de France region offers doctoral grants in the form of a 3-year fixed-term contract for doctoral students starting their doctoral research before 31st December.
These grants are allocated for calls for projects on themes proposed by the region.
You will find all the information on the Ile de France region website.


  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarships

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is establishing a new programme, the Eiffel Doctorate Scholarship, to supplement the already existing Eiffel provision by extending it to doctoral training, in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Prime Minister.
The purpose of this programme is to encourage the welcome in France of high-level doctoral students.
The aim is to train future foreign public and private-sector decision-makers in French higher education institutions .
Applications are encouraged from students from emerging countries (Asia, Latin America, new EU Member States, Russia) but also from countries with strong scientific and academic potential.
The Eiffel Doctorate Scholarship programme offers foreign doctoral students a year in France (preferably the 2nd or 3rd year of their thesis, except in special cases).

Target audience:
This programme is aimed at foreign students who are holders of a Masters level qualification and would like to undertake a placement year in France.
Joint management of the thesis is compulsory, joint supervision desirable.
Students continue to be registered in their university of origin for the entire duration of the doctorate.
Applications from non-Francophone students are accepted provided that they attend a language course before and during the year of doctoral training in France.
Candidates must be no older than 35 in the year of selection.
Priority will be given to doctoral students planning on taking up positions in the public or private sectors.
Length of placement: 10 months (average preferred length of placement); renewal is not permitted under the programme.
The placement must commence between 1st September and 31st December of the year in which the scholarship is received (if departure is deferred, the duration of the scholarship may not extend past the end of the calendar year following selection).

How to apply: through their structured partnerships with high-quality foreign institutions (see
programme quality charter) French higher education institutions preselect, from among the best foreign students that they wish to welcome for training, the candidates they will present for Eiffel Doctorate scholarships.
Applications must be signed and stamped by the head of the institution (vice-chancellor or president of the university or school director).
Direct applications from students or foreign institutions are not accepted.


  • Eiffel Excellence Scholarships

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarships programme, launched in 1999 by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, is intended to support the international recruitment of French higher education institutions, in a context of growing competition between developed countries to attract the elite of foreign students.
The main aim of the programme is to train in France the future decision-makers of the private sector and civil service of emerging countries.


Detailed information on the Eiffel Scholarships is on the EGIDE website.

Funding opportunities from semi-public bodies

  • CIFRE Agreements

Industrial Agreements for Training through Research (CIFRE) enable companies to recruit young people who have completed 5 years of higher education and whose research and development work will lead to a doctoral thesis.
Since their institution in 1981, CIFRE agreements have been managed and run by the ANRT (Association nationale de la recherche technique - National Agency for Technical Research) on behalf of the Ministry of Research.
To date, more than 15,000 doctoral students have benefited from them.
CIFRE agreements involve - around a research project which will lead to a doctoral thesis defence - three partners: a company, a young graduate, and a laboratory.

They are aimed at companies that agree to assign to a young graduate (who has completed 5 years of higher education) a research project in direct conjunction with an external laboratory.

The company signs an employment contract that is open-ended or fixed for 3 years
(article D 121.1d of the Employment Code) and pays its ""young CIFRE" a salary higher or equal to €20,215* (gross annual salary, excluding employer's contributions).
In the case of graduates who are non-EU nationals, the company must obtain a full-time work permit for them.
During the three-year period of the Agreement, the company is awarded a fixed annual subsidy of €14,635*, paid to it by the ANRT, responsible for managing and running CIFRE agreements on behalf of the Ministry of Research.

The ANRT does not  intervene until the three partners are brought together.
The company must be constituted under French law.

The candidate, aged approximately 26, holds a recent qualification obtained after 5 years in higher education.
He must not have been involved in doctoral studies for more than one year.
It is his first professional experience.
He intends to make a career in business.
In the case of graduates from Engineering, Business or Management schools who do not hold a DEA, they must obtain it during the first year of the agreement.
The CIFRE procedure is open to any nationality.
The laboratory will be based in a university, a school, a public research organisation, or a technical centre.
It may be a foreign laboratory.
It must be able to supervise the candidate effectively to give him training through high-quality research.

  • Research Organisations

There are numerous research organisations that offer thesis funding.
The majority of funding opportunities are summarised on the ANDES website: funding of doctorates.
CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research): the CNRS offers a scholarship to support doctoral students: the BDI (Doctoral Scholarships for Engineers)
INRIA (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control): the INRIA is a partner of the EDDIMO doctoral school, and welcomes doctoral students from Dauphine.
The INRIA offers financial support.
Other organisations have already worked with Dauphine in the past: INRA, INRETS, CEA, IRD and IFP.


Funding within the University

Funding opportunities within the University:


  • Assistantship

The assistantship is teaching practice and preparation for the roles of teacher/researcher in parallel with your research work.
An initiation through practice: the assistant provides 64 hours of tutorials or 96 hours of practicals, i.e. 2 to 3 hours per week during the academic year, ideally with undergraduates.

The assistant will be backed by a qualified tutor.


  • The ATER (Research and Teaching Assistantship)

This gives you the possibility of preparing a thesis or taking university teaching competitive recruitment examinations while teaching, as a member of staff under contract.
As an ATER you will teach 128 hours of classes or 192 hours of tutorials or 288 hours of practicals per year.
You may apply to work part time.
However, it is not permitted to teach fewer than 64 hours of classes, 96 hours of tutorials or 144 hours of practicals per year.
In all cases, there will be various obligations incumbent upon you relating to your teaching activity: supervision of students, assessment of knowledge and examinations.
As an ATER you also receive a salary fixed by reference to gross index 513, i.e. in March 2002, €1,911.37 (12,538 F) gross per month, plus an annual research and university teaching bonus of €1,152 (7,557 F).
A part-time ATER receives a salary fixed by reference to gross index 327, i.e. on 1st March 2002, €1,346.55 € (8,833 F) gross per month.

In order to be an ATER, you must be in one of the categories below:
1- Tutor recruited under a university teaching assistantship: you must hold a doctorate and undertake to enter a university teaching competitive recruitment examination.
Duration of contract: 1 year renewable once.

2 - Category A established or probationary civil servant:
   - you are registered to prepare a doctorate or an accreditation to supervise research (HDR)
   - or you already hold a doctorate or an accreditation and you are undertaking to enter a university teaching competitive recruitment examination.
Duration of contract: 3 years maximum, renewable once a year.

3- You are a teacher or researcher of foreign nationality having taught or conducted research abroad for at least two years and you hold a doctorate or a foreign title or qualification deemed equivalent by the institution's committee of specialists.
Duration of contract: 3 years, renewable once for one year.

4- Teaching and research grant holders, and former university teaching grant holders (previous regimes on which some students are still dependent), may also become ATERs.

It is advisable to consult the Service du Personnel Enseignant (Teaching Staff Department).