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HTP - How to apply?

Gaining admission to the doctoral programme requires rigorous preparation prior to submitting one's application. For most would-be PhD students, this preparation begins during the last year of the Master's, which is when one must begin the various necessary application procedures in order to properly prepare one's application dossier. The doctoral school will base its admission decision on this dossier. Below, you will find complete information on the different obligatory steps.

The different steps

Admission requirements for the PhD programme

  • A Master 2 or equivalent degree
  • Proof of an initial research experience
  • A specific thesis subject
  • A thesis director
  • Funding

To begin preparing your application dossier, you must first contact laboratories partnered with the doctoral school so as to find a thesis director who agrees to monitor and assist you throughout your doctoral studies. Your director will also help you define your thesis subject. In most cases, thesis subjects are proposed by the laboratories. In certain cases, the subject may be proposed by a partner organization or manufacturer; it may even be proposed by the PhD student. In any case, the PhD student must be financed during the entire duration of his/her thesis.

► More information on the doctoral school research teams

In order to be admitted into the PhD programme, you must demonstrate proof of funding, the minimum amount of which is set by your particular institution (for example, €1,340 net per month for PhD students registered at the Université de Lyon 1). This funding must cover the entire duration of your thesis.  In most cases, your research team will assist you in locating financial assistance.

► More information on financial assistance

Once you have determined your thesis subject, located your thesis director and validated your funding, you may submit your application dossier to the doctoral school. The doctoral school then examines the admissibility of your application according to both academic criteria (your motivation, the excellence of your academic path, your geographic and/or thematic mobility, etc.) and administrative criteria (required degrees, your training's suitability to the research project, etc.), notably based upon the ministerial Order of 7 August 2006.The dossier must be sent to the doctoral school office and contain the following items:

Evelyne ROBIN, Doctoral School Secretary


If the applicant is admitted, he/she may then register, thereby completing the application process. You will receive an email from the doctoral school office, with a code for the SIGED online system. Via this interface, you will provide all information concerning you and your studies (address, thesis project, thesis director, funding, etc.). All sections must be carefully completed. Thanks to this interface, your registration may be validated in a few simple clicks of the mouse by: your thesis director, your laboratory director and the doctoral school directors.
After printing out this document duly validated by all concerned parties, you must visit your institution's "Doctoral Studies Office" (Lyon 1 or Lyon 2) for your annual registration.  You will also pay your yearly registration fees to this institution.  The initial payment of these fees marks the official start of your doctoral studies; in other words, in principal you will have 3 years starting from this date to complete your PhD.

► More information on registering for the PhD programme