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Pursuing a PhD

Information for all PhD students


  • Registration must be renewed every year.
  • To renew your registration following the third year, you must apply to the PhD registration office (Service des études et de la scolarité - bureau du 3e cycle) for a Special Dispensation.
  • To enrol in doctoral studies at the ENS de Lyon, students must provide proof of funding for at least 3 years:
    • 1370€ per month in the Exact Sciences
    • 1000€ per month in the Arts and Human Sciences.

Prepare your stay

Espace Ulys in Lyon and Saint-Etienne assists foreign PhD students before they arrive in France and throughout their stay (bank account, health insurance, etc.).

Application process

Option 1: you are pursuing a PhD exclusively at the ENS de Lyon

You are required to carry out two separate registrations each year:

  • Course registration at a doctoral school of the Université de Lyon via the SIGED application
    The approval of your application dossier by the doctoral school, via the SIGED application, signifies your registration at the doctoral school. This registration must be renewed each year via SIGED.
  • Administrative registration at the ENS de Lyon
    You have been invited by e-mail to carry out your administrative registration at the ENS de Lyon. This e-mail explains how to proceed, as well as indicating the deadline.
    Your registration is valid for the duration of the academic year, from October 1 to September 30 of the following year. This registration must be renewed each year. To renew your registration following the third year, you must provide at the minimum a reasoned opinion by your director. Additional requirements may be imposed by your doctoral school.

Find out more in this PhD student guide [Université de Lyon] 

Option 2 : you are pursuing an international joint PhD (Double Degree)

  1. The director informs the Office of International Affairs of your wish to establish an International Joint Doctorate through this application. An agreement will then be drawn up.
  2. You must apply online and fill out the section pertaining to the International Joint Doctorate [Same procedure as "OPTION 1]
  3. Once the application is approved, the Office of International Affairs submits the International Joint Doctorate agreement to all parties for signature.
  4. If you are a non-European doctoral student who is salaried by the receiving laboratory, the said laboratory establishes the agreement for the reception of scientists (convention d'accueil) which it then transmits to the Office of International Affairs for signature by the President and by the Prefectural authorities. This document is necessary for obtaining a visa.
  5. Upon arrival, you go to the Office of International Affairs for initial contact and residence permit application procedures, and then make an appointment with the PhD resgistration office to finalise enrolment.

Please Note
  • Remember to renew your administrative enrolment at the ENS every year.
  • If you apply for an enrolment in a fourth or successive year to prepare the doctoral thesis, you must apply to the PhD registration office (Service des études et de la scolarité - bureau du 3e cycle) for a Special Dispensation.
  • An amendment to your International Joint PhD agreement will be established by the Office of International Affairs.

Option 3 : you are pursuing a jointly supervised PhD

If you are enrolled in an institution abroad:
  1. The co-director at the ENS de Lyon informs the receiving laboratory and the Office of International Affairs your wish to establish an International Joint Supervision of a doctoral thesis. An agreement will then be drawn up and submitted to the different parties for signature.
  2. For non-European doctoral students, the receiving laboratory establishes the agreement for the reception of scientists (for the duration of the 6 month stay) then transmits it to the Office of International Affairs for signature by the President and the Préfecture. This document is required for you to obtain a scientific visa.
  3. Upon arrival you must present yourself to:
    - The receiving laboratory for your logistic reception (access badge, etc)
    - The Office of International Affairs for the application for temporary residence permit
If you are enrolled at the ENS de Lyon:
  1. The director at the ENS de Lyon informs the Office of International Affairs of his/her wish to establish an International Joint Supervision of a doctoral thesis. An agreement will then be drawn up and submitted to the different parties for signature.
  2. You must apply online and specify “co-direction”/”joint supervision” on your application [Same procedure as "OPTION 1]
  3. The Office of International Affairs will inquire into the conformity of your enrolment application dossier with the appropriate service (bureau du 3è cycle) before submitting the copies to the President of the ENS de Lyon for signature. A copy of the agreement is transmitted to the doctoral studies service (bureau du 3e cycle).

Contact us

Office of International Affairs
Phone: +33 4 37 37 66 82
Fax: +33 4 37 37 63 60
international@ens-lyon.fr

PhD registration office

For the arts and humanities: etudes-theses-hdr@ens-lyon.fr
For exact sciences: etudes.doctorales@ens-lyon.fr
Contact

ENS de Lyon
15 parvis René Descartes - BP 7000
69342 Lyon Cedex 07 - FRANCE
Descartes Campus : +33 (0) 4 37 37 60 00
Monod Campus : +33 (0) 4 72 72 80 00

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