PhD in France

France offers a stimulating research environment to scholars and students, with a widely recognized scientific output.

10 Good Reasons to do a PhD in France

  1. France, one of the world’s most research-intensive nations
    • EUR 50 billion in R&D investment
    • Nearly 285,000 researchers
    • 60% of them in industry.
  2. A global economic powerhouse.
    • 5th in the OECD for R&D spending
  3. A high-level of scientific output4th in the world in impact of publication (H-Index)
    • 6th in the world in number of patent applications
  4. International recognition of French researchers
    • 2nd in the world in number of Fields medals
    • 4th in the world in number of Nobel Prizes
  5. Participation in projects of International scope and scale
    • Arianespace; Large Hadron Collider (CERN); ONERA Wind Tunnels; Renater; European Synchrotron (ESRF); Very Large Telescope (ESO); and many more.
  6. A research system centered on the universities
    • 265 doctoral departments
    • doctorates in French or English
  7. A research system with international appeal
    • 42% of doctoral candidates are foreigners
    • 3rd leading host country after US and UK
  8. CNRS and CEA, recognized throughout the worldCNRS:
    • World’s 2nd research body in number of high-level scientific publications (Scimago 2019).
    • CEA, 2nd in patent applications among all research organizations in Europe
  9. A global research network
    • France’s major research bodies (CNRS, CIRAD, INRA, INSERM, IRD, Institut Pasteur, etc.) maintain more than 250 facilities around the world, including in India.
  10. Foreign investment in research in France
    • Foreign firms account for one-fifth of the private R&D conducted in France
    • 60% of researchers work in the private sector

The Embassy of France in India, in partnership with Campus France, is organizing PhD Virtual Tour – a series of thematic webinars on doctoral programs from 21 September to 25 September, 2020.

On behalf of the Embassy of France, we invite you to attend this event that aims at highlighting PhD opportunities in France for Indian students. The webinars will take place on the zoom platform of the Institut Français in India.

Please find below the calendar of the event:


The panel of each webinar will be composed of a moderator, an alumni and representatives of the reputed French research institutions and universities such as Institut Polytechnique de Paris, Sciences Po, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRAE), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université de Toulouse etc.

To confirm your participation in the event and receive the login codes, kindly register via this link (the registration is free of cost). We kindly request you to disseminate this information to students and researchers in your institute.

For more details : Click on Official site

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