PhD Tour 2020

A window to the world of research opportunities in France.
Virtual interactions with around 15 universities and research institutes.

21 – 25 September, 2020

The educational, scientific and cultural department of the Embassy of France in India, Institut Français en Inde, in collaboration with Campus France Paris, is organizing a series of thematic webinars on doctoral programmes from 21 to 25 September, 2020. The event will highlight research opportunities available for Indian students, beginning next year, at some of the best French universities and doctoral schools. The sessions will comprise alumni meets as well as information on doctoral and post-doctoral programmes, visas, scholarships and an overall insight into French higher education, research and innovation. The programme covers a broad range of disciplines: pure science, natural science, applied science as well as social sciences.

For participating in the PhD Tour, please register at

Participating Institutions

Federal University of Toulouse, University of Côte d’Azur, The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, The French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), Institut Polytechnique of Paris, Paris Saclay University, Sciences Po, Toulouse School of Management, Aix-Marseille University, The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), University of Lorraine, University of Rennes, University of Strasbourg, Bordeaux INP, Toulouse INP, The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), St Etienne Engineering School (ENISE) and more.


DateThemeTime (IST)Theme Time (IST)
21 September Economics, Social Sciences 6 to 7 pm Management 7.30 – 8.30 pm
22 September Ecology, Biodiversity, Agronomy 6 to 7 pm Health Sciences 7.30 – 8.30 pm
23 September Mathematics 6 to 7 pm Physics, Chemistry, Materials 7.30 – 8.30 pm
24 September Information Technology & Artificial Intelligence 6 to 7 pm Engineering Science and
Sustainable Development
7.30 – 8.30 pm
25 September Energy and Process 6 to 7 pm Earth and Space Sciences 7.30 – 8.30 pm

Why pursue research in France?

  • International recognition: France has the 4th highest number of Nobel laureates in the world (70) and is 2nd in the world for Fields Medal winners. It ranks 3rd in the world for research in physics, mathematics, biology, and nano- and biotechnologies. More recently, France was recognised as a trailblazer with its remarkable jump up four ranks, overtaking China on the Global Innovation Index. The University of Paris-Saclay reached the 14th rank in the Shanghai World Universities Rankings 2020, 3rd in Europe after Cambridge and Oxford. And it took the top international spot in Maths.
  • A global research network: France’s major research bodies include CNRS, CIRAD, INRA, INSERM, IRD, Institut Pasteur, with more than 250 facilities around the world. These public institutes are very prestigious. The CNRS is, for example, the leading research institute in the world in terms of number of scientific publications.
  • Research knows neither borders nor nationality: 41% of those enrolled in French doctoral schools are foreigners and 54% of French scientific publications are the result of international collaboration. Many French research centres regularly open specific positions to foreigners and invite people from around the world to teach in France.
  • Funding for research: Each year, France spends almost 48 billion euros on research, equal to 2.24% of its GDP. This has enabled the country to achieve its objectives, particularly at an international level and attract talented researchers from around the world.
  • Excellence in higher education: France is known for its highly reputable institutions. Its 265 doctoral departments have the advantages of being attached to very specialized universities and offer a wide range of resources.
  • Affordable: Higher education in France is quite affordable (lower tuition costs as compared to other European countries). PhD programme fees are the same for every student, irrespective of nationality.
  • Time-bound programme: Unlike in India and other European countries, a PhD in France can be completed within 3-4 years.
  • No language barrier: A doctorate in France can be done in both English and French.


The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs awards various scholarships to international students for doctoral studies. Financial assistance is available at different levels:

  • Scholarships offered by French institutions, doctoral schools, laboratories, research organizations etc. A doctoral contract could pay roughly €1,400 a month (net) for a period of 3 years.
  • Scholarships offered by the Embassy in a candidate’s country of residence e.g. Raman Charpak
  • Scholarships offered by the European Union e.g. Horizon Scholarship
  • Scholarships are also offered by the regional authorities in France to foreign students enrolled in programmes offered in their region.
  • Corporate financing under a CIFRE contract, wherein the doctoral candidates receive approximately €1,800 a month for 3 years.
    For more on research scholarships:

Also coming up: Choose France virtual tour

The PhD virtual tour will be followed by the Choose France Virtual Tour in November 2020. This is a bi-annual recruitment event that aims to promote higher education and research in France among Indian students. Students will be able to interact online with over 40 private and public universities and learn about 1600 programmes in English and French. Students can avail of free one-to-one counselling sessions with the participating institutions on Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral programmes as well as obtain information on visas, scholarships, student benefits and alumni networks.

About French Institute in India

The Institut Français en Inde (French Institute in India) is the educational, scientific and cultural department of the Embassy of France in India. It facilitates academic and scientific exchanges between higher institutes of learning and research, enables student mobility, promotes the French language, and artistic and cultural dialogue. Cooperation between India and France takes place through a number of sectors: Arts & Culture, Books & Ideas, French Language & Education, Study in France programme, Academic Partnerships, Science & Technology, as well as Innovation and Multimedia.
To know more, please visit
Opportunities to study in France:

About Campus France

A French government agency, Campus France is part of the Embassy of France, providing service to students who wish to pursue higher studies in France. It serves as an information resource for students in planning every stage of their stay in France, helping them define their study plans, choose and apply to programmes, and assist them in the visa application process. Campus France has 12 offices across India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
For more information, please visit:

Last modified on 15/09/2020

top of the page