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The French Embassy in India is organizing a virtual PhD Tour, a series of thematic webinars on doctoral programs. The four thematic webinars will equip students with the necessary information to answer the question of why they should pursue their PhD in France.

Session 1

22nd May

Why do my PhD in France? Finding and funding my PhD.

22nd May : 6 pm to 6:45 pm

Moderator: Sourav Bhowmik, Manager in Kolkata, Campus France India


  • François PRADAL, Head of the Research Department, Campus France
  • A PhD Alumni

Did you know that the largest publicly funded research institute in the world, CNRS, is based in France? Or that a third of all Fields medal recipients have come from French laboratories? It’s no coincidence when research is a national priority and you too can benefit from the extensive education and research infrastructure in France.

Join us on a special Campus France webinar on Finding and Funding a PhD in France to find out how. Broadcast as part of the virtual Phd Tour at 6 Pm Monday, 22nd May.

On this session we will cover:

  • Tools to find and Fund doctoral programmes
  • Structure of doctorates and post doctorate projects in France
  • Scholarships from the French Government and public research institutes

The virtual PhD tour 2023 is open to all master students and budding researchers in India.

Be one of the 74000 researchers and counting that join us every year. Choose France Excellence!

Session 2

23rd May

Doctoral studies in France : Life sciences

23rd May : 6 pm to 6:45 pm

Moderator: Dr Fabien Chareix, Attaché for Scientific and Academic Cooperation, French Embassy in India


  • Nathalie DOSTATNI, Sorbonne Université, Professor, Cancerology, Genetics and Epigenetics, Group leader in the UMR3664 – CNRS & Institut Curie
  • Laurent COUNILLON, Université de Nice Côte-d’Azur, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis since 2003 and group leader in the Research Unit UMR7370 (CNRS)
  • Christian LEFEBVRE d’HELLENCOURT, Université de La Réunion, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMR U1188, Université de La Réunion- INSERM
French and Indian researchers have published 9 546 co-authored papers between 2019 and 2022, involving 13 929 co-authors in India and 14 789 co-authors in France. France is therefore ranked as the 11th partner of India in the world, and there is a real tradition of scientific cooperation that bonds the two countries. All combined (Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Medicine, Immunology and Microbiology, Agricultural and Biological Sciences, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics), Life sciences represent, by far, the biggest volume of publications and co-authored publications in France and in India (Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology alone are ranked 8th in India with more than 80 000 publications, and 4th in France with around 65 000 publications between 2019 and 2022).
Choosing France to pursue doctoral studies is therefore, for an Indian graduate student, the opportunity to be integrated in a huge and dynamic network of institutions, labs and research leaders with a proven record of ties with Indian researchers and institutes. 
But how can one find opportunities in France? Is it complicated? What are the mechanisms, processes and regulations to go through before making it happen?
This webinar is all about opening a window into the landscape of Life sciences research in France, with the help of 3 prominent actors who will introduce their craft and institutions to the audience. 
Do not miss it if you want to know more about studying and researching in France.

Session 3

24th May

Computer sciences at PhD level in France

24th May : 6 pm to 6:45 pm

Moderator: Dr Meenakshi Singh, Scientific Coordinator, French Institute in India


  • Stéphane Roy,  Director of International Affairs and Academic Partnerships, IMT Atlantique
  • Cécile Vigouroux, Director of International Relations, INRIA

French research is at the forefront of the world for its researchers in the fields of computer sciences and in mathematics.

French universities and institutes offer a large range of specialized areas that students can choose to carry out their thesis including theoretical computer science, cybersecurity, data science, IoT and artificial intelligence (AI).

France also has a national programme on AI to promote attractiveness and talent support programs and develop AI training at all levels (initial training, continual education, and top-notch training at Master and Doctorate levels) and to boost private-public partnerships and increase the impact of research in AI.

Some of the best represented French institutions in computer sciences are PSL University, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, Paris-Saclay University, Sorbonne University, University of Grenoble Alpes, University of Bordeaux etc.

Join us for a webinar to know more about the research topics and trends to be discussed in computer science on Wednesday, 24th May 2023.

Session 4

25th May

Engineering sciences at PhD level in France

25th May : 6 pm to 6:45 pm

Moderator: Dr Francois-Xavier Mortreuil, Attaché for Scientific and Academic Cooperation, French Embassy in India


  • Prof. Sylvie Pommier, Deputy vice President for doctoral research at Université Paris-Saclay
  • Dr. Xavier Roboam, Deputy Director of the Laplace Lab in Toulouse (SW)
  • Dr. Elena Ceccarelli, Head of SFRES : Training by Research and Placement Department CEA – INSTN (P-SE – S)
  • Dr. Prajwal Sabnis, Cofounder of Orza Energies


France is one of the highest scientific and technologic ranked country with tenth of Nobel Prize Laureates, 13 Medal Field holders and numerous patents. France industry is also present in India in the aerospace, automotive, software, computing, food industry sectors and many others.

How important is it to do a PhD in Engineering sciences in France? What background should have the applicants? The specific “employee-student” status of PhD students in France. The Financing and duration of a PhD in France. The International atmosphere among PhD students in France. The interactions with industry… All these points and many others will be explained and discussed with representatives of French Tier 1 institutions who will also answer your questions.

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