PhD Opportunities

, by Philippe Polomé

RISE primary focus is to educate professionals in the field of environmental risks; however, depending on the student’s project, it may also lead to a PhD in

  • Environmental Economics OR
  • Environmental Economics and Law OR
  • Environmental Economics and Engineering.

A PhD is not an additional degree that one can apply to at the end of the M2. It consists of a well-constructed research project that is the basis of a proposal used acquire a fellowship.

PhD Fellowship Opportunities
It is essential that the PhD be funded for three years. Acquiring funding is the responsibility of the student, who has to apply, jointly with his/her supervisor, to one or several of the opportunities listed below.

Academic PhD with the University
The doctoral school in economics grants fellowships from the French ministry of education. All the economics students from the M2 RISE may apply. The doctoral school includes 6 higher education institutions : Universités Lyon 1, Lyon 2, Lyon 3, St Etienne, ENS and EM Lyon.

Indicative deadlines
Mid May : mandatory registration for application on the website of the doctoral school
End of June : deadline for application
End of August : deadline for complementary information (only for students who have successfully applied)

Non-academic PhDs : CIFRE
The CIFRE system grants 3-year fellowships for PhD in cooperation with a non-academic institution in co-supervision with an academic. A CIFRE requires some time to build up : the internship may be used to construct such a project.
The non-academic institution must be legally registered in France but otherwise may be any private- or public-sector firm or association in a legal capacity to pay wages.
Contact Université Lyon 2 Véronique Prudhomme
Currently available CIFRE, all disciplines

Academic PhDs outside of the university
- IFSTTAR is a major public French research center dedicated to all aspects of transports. They offer fellowships every year around March through an application portal
- INRA is another major public French research center, dedicated to agriculture and environnement. It grants PhD fellowships every year; to apply and for detailed information, contact an INRA researcher as soon as possible. It is advisable to do the internship at INRA.
- The ADEME grants also 50% fellowships in environment &/or energy themes. Deadline in March.
- EDE-EM : European Doctorate in Economics - Erasmus Mundus — Deadline early February

- Agence universitaire de la francophonie for French-speaking students
Appels en cours ; pour les thèses, échéance autour de mi-décembre, sur des thèmes de développement (en principe)

Other sources
These are often calls for application on a prespecified theme, often under a prespecified adviser.
- ANDes (includes postdoc)
- CampusFrance
- EU Marie Curie Funding Opportunities Search Tool
- US Fulbright
- Theses proposals from the Association Bernard Grégory

Bi-disciplinary PhD
Necessarily under co-supervision

  • IMU Labex for urban-related themes

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