Application procedure

(See the application timetable at the bottom of the page)

There are two ways to apply:

  1. By contacting a researcher of the STEP’UP Doctoral School (here are the websites of the different laboratories) in order to create your research project together. The researcher will submit your proposed subject to the STEP’UP Doctoral School.
  2. By looking at the list of thesis subjects on the STEP’UP Doctoral School website and then by contacting the researcher associated with the subject you are interested in. Thesis subjects are published every year between October and May. Applications are opened between February and June.

If the thesis subject is financed, you will be invited to attend an admission interview with the STEP’UP Doctoral School as soon as your application is received.  If you are applying for a doctoral contract (‘contrat doctoral’), you have to follow the application procedure of the STEP’UP Doctoral School (see the schedule below).

In all cases,

  • the future research supervisor must send a file containing the following information to the Doctoral School (ed560.stepup[at] and the deputy-director in charge of the contest (Julien Siebert for the “Earth & Evironnement” contest siebert[at]  or Fabien Casse for the “Physics of the Universe” contest fcasse[at] :

Schedule of the application procedure

Main application procedure 2024 for Earth and Environment

  • June 12th, 2024: the future thesis director hands over the application file.
  • July 01st-03rd, 2024: interviews of preselected candidates.
  • May 06th, 2024: submission of topic proposal

Main application procedure 2024 for Physics of the Universe

  • May 30th, 2024 : deadline for the future thesis director to hand over the application file to the doctoral school.
  • June 10th-12th, 2024: interviews of preselected candidates.
  • May 20th, 2024: deadline for the submission of topic proposals (validated by lab (co-)director that will transmit the subject to the doctoral school)

Early July 2024 : Council meeting of the Doctoral School which validates the admissions.

Translation carried out by the Masters 2 ILTS team