Saturday 06 March 2021
Ecole Doctorale BIOLOGIE SANTE (ED n°446)
Faculté de Médecine Pôle Recherche
1 place de verdun
59045 Lille cedex - France
Tél. : +33 (0)3 20 62 34 27


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First doctoral registration

     Complete application material should be received preferably before the end of October of each year. International applicants are encouraged to submit their information earlier for verification of eligibility.

     Applicants may either contact directly a research unit affiliated with the Doctoral School or provide the Doctoral School with a letter of interest (including motivation relevant to a research topic, names and emails of two references) that will be transmitted to the relevant research teams.

     The application of eligible candidates is considered in respect of the available financial support and an open position in a relevant research unit supporting the application. The Doctoral School can reject any application based on inadequate scientific standards, even if all administrative criteria are fulfilled.

     The number of doctoral students accepted in the program is limited by the number of students who can receive supervision in a relevant research unit supporting their application. As a rule, a senior scientist habilitated to supervise research can be allowed to supervise only three doctoral students, in order to foster close interaction between students and faculty.

     After the applicant has been selected by a research supervisor, a research topic proposal and research plan is established.

     Registration is then conducted online (Lien externe - Ouverture dans une nouvelle fenê The completed application form, signed by the candidate, the supervisor and the head of the research unit, must be forwarded to the Doctoral School, along with the candidate’s curriculum vitae (including study curriculum with rankings, relevant research experience and publications), a photocopy of his/her diploma (including translation into French or English if necessary), and his/her research topic proposal and research plan.

     The final decision is taken by the director of the Doctoral School. On receipt of the approval by the director of the Doctoral School, the applicant is allowed to register at the University to which his/her research unit is affiliated.

     In order to ensure the correct implementation of the doctoral program, a doctoral charter which sets out the rights and responsibilities of all the parties involved is signed by the doctorate student, his/her supervisor, the head of the hosting research unit and the director of the Doctoral School.

PhD candidates outside EU: when enrolling in a Doctorate


  • find a thesis topic and a thesis supervisor in the Doctoral school
  • have a Master's degree or equivalent (with appropriate grades) - evaluation of non-european master qualifications for the PhD programme admission is needed
  • have a Thesis funding (at least 1000€/month for 3 years)

3 process to follow (interlinked)

  • admission (Doctoral School)
  • enrollment (University) and registration fees (approx. 380€ + taxes)
  • recruitment (if applicable)

About visas:

The circumstances of the doctoral program determine the appropriate visa, ex :

  • long stay "D visa" "Passeport talent : Scientific researcher” visa and residency permit in the case of a doctoral contract signed with a French institution
    hosting agreement provided by your hiring institution
  • long stay "D visa" "Passeport talent : Student” visa for doctoral students enrolled in a French higher education establishment and who do not have a French employment contract
    depending of your country, three ways to apply for you VLS-TS for PhD study: Campus France's CEF procedure, French Consulate/Embassy, Goverment website

Warning, it is important to anticipate some process with sometimes dependency between procedures:

  • Recruitment file will require stating your bank account, residency adress,...
  • Opening a bank account require a proof of adress, visa and ID
  • Booking private accomodation require proof of ressources (contract,...)

Gather necessary documents before you leave your country:

  • birth certificate (original document and copies)
  • previous diplomas
  • ...

Once in France, other administrative tasks to perform:

  • social security registration
  • prepare to be eligible to income tax (if employed)

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