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Partnership with the China Scholarship Council

Partnership's agreement

The Group of French Écoles normales supérieures (ENS) has signed a cooperation agreement with the China Scholarship Council - CSC, providing funding for 30 PhD students for the whole ENS group (Paris, Paris-Saclay, Lyon, Rennes), on the basis of a selection by the ENS and by the CSC.

2018 Call for applications

Application process

Phase 1: Call for thesis proposals
November to December 1st, 2017

PhD thesis proposals for Chinese students:

Phase 2: Call for PhD applications

From December 1st, 2017 to March 1st, 2018
Send your application to the International Affairs Office international.strategy@ens-lyon with all the documents required:

  • CV of the applicant (level of English and/or French)
  • Cover letter in English or French
  • Signed CV of the thesis director
  • CSC application form filled in and signed by the thesis director
  • Letter of acceptance signed by the thesis director at the ENS de Lyon (describing the thesis subject and the context of cooperation).
    Cette lettre doit être visée par le Directeur du laboratoire et le Directeur de l’Ecole doctorale.
Following the inter-ENS committee, the International Affairs Office will establish a Pre-admission letter signed by ENS de Lyon for the selected candidate.

Phase 3: Selection of applications

Early March, 2018
Within the agreement between the Group of 4 French ENS and the China Scholarship Council (CSC), ENS Lyon is launching the PhD call for applications intended to recruit high-level-students that wish to carry out a thesis in its research laboratories.

Phase 4: Application procedure in China
From March 20th, 2018 to April 5th, 2018
Selected candidates apply on the CSC website:
Applicants must specify that they are applying as part of the specific ENS-CSC program.

Phase 5: Registration procedure in France
Before August 2018
Double registration (online) of selected PhD students at ENS Lyon:

Selection criteria

The selection criteria will take into account the quality of the application, the interest in the topic of research by the host laboratory in ENS Lyon, and in the existing cooperations with the home university candidates (PROSFER-JoRISS programmes with ECNU in Shanghai, university of Fudan in Shanghai, Beijing, international associated laboratories...).

Candidates eligibility conditions

  • The scholarship is granted for a maximum of 4 years. The total amount of the grant is €1200 per month. Joint-PhD and thesis codirections are privileged. In case of a Joint-PhD, the grant will be transferred only when the Chinese researcher will be in France.
  • Candidates must be of Chinese nationality, live in China and to not work outside of China while applying.
  • Selected CSC candidates commit to go back to China after the dissertation defense or after a postPhD stay abroad (after the CSC agreement).
  • Candidates must fulfil the conditions of entry and selection of ENS de Lyon and the concerned doctoral School; they must have an improved English level and for humanities candidates an excellent French level.
  • Candidates must be welcomed in a laboratory as part of ENS de Lyon.
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