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PhD Tracks

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The University of Bordeaux's PhD Tracks are specific programs designed to encourage incoming mobility. Based on the Anglo-Saxon model, the PhD Tracks support international students who planned to come to Bordeaux in order to continue their studies with a PhD starting from the first year of their Master's degree.

Key Figures

  • 5

    -year track from Master to PhD

  • 11

    PhD Tracks to choose from

What are the PhD Tracks?

In order to attract and support more students towards a PhD, the University of Bordeaux has created the "PhD Tracks".

These are 5-year programs designed to support and train outstanding international students to become top-level researchers in the public or private sector, in France or abroad.

These courses must be associated with one of the eligible Graduate Programs offered by the University of Bordeaux.

To help the students admitted to these programmes settle in, regardless of nationality and on the basis of a selection by the teaching committees of each programme, candidates with excellent academic records will be offered a monthly grant to help them pursue their studies in these selective programs.

The amount of support awarded can reach a maximum of €9900 per person per year.

The incoming PhD Track scholarship is subject to re-evaluation by the relevant Graduate Program executive committee for each re-enrolment of the beneficiary.

Which Graduate Programs are eligible?

Why apply to the PhD Track?

The University of Bordeaux's PhD Track will enable you to benefit from :

  • support for incoming mobility
  • a research-oriented programme starting at the Master's level
  • advanced, personalised and tailor-made courses
  • an international scientific environment and expertise
  • an extended international professional network which will boost your job-integration rate after graduation

Admission to the PhD Track

Students wishing to apply are invited to submit a full application before the application deadlines for the Master's program in one of the Graduate Programs open to the PhD Track.

When to apply?

The candidate must submit his or her application at the time of application to one of the eligible Graduate Programs of the University of Bordeaux.

Please find below the documents relating to the terms and conditions of the PhD Track.

Documents to provide

When you apply, you will need to provide :

  • the traditional documents required for enrolment in a Master's program (copy of valid identity card or passport, identity photograph, proof of payment of the CVEC (Student and campus life contribution), copy of the certificate of successful completion of the last diploma obtained giving access to the level of study applied for or admission decision of the relevant committee, notification of award of the CROUS grant or other grant if applicable, etc.)
  • a letter of motivation from the applicant, detailing how the program fits in with their career plans
  • 2 letters of recommendation from lecturers from the applicant's home institution

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Fees and registration costs

As part of its commitment to quality in welcoming its international community, the University of Bordeaux has been awarded the "3-star" Bienvenue en France label in 2019, issued by Campus France and validated by an independent commission +more information on this subject

The rate of tuition fees depends on your course of study, your level of study, your situation and your nationality.

The University of Bordeaux's PhD Track will allow you to benefit from a partial exemption from differentiated tuition fees, upon decision of the selection commitee and validation of the University of Bordeaux's presidence.

This decision is taken upon one of these 3 specific reasons :

  • the academic level of the applicant has been judged excellent
  • the student is a national of a country identified as low-income or lower-middle income according to the World Bank's ranking of countries according to gross national income per capita, or a national of a priority country for French development aid
  • the student is a national of Algeria or Gabon

Terms and conditions for payment of the PhD Track incoming mobility support

You arrival in Bordeaux

The Mobility Office and the Student Life Desk will help you when you arrive in Bordeaux. Welcoming, administrative procedures, discoveries... Find out all the practical information you need to prepare your arrival in France.

The University of Bordeaux has developed a number of schemes to provide you with individualised support if you need it in your daily life in France. Do you need help finding accommodation, resources or facilities (healthcare, assistance, etc.) ? You can consult the various services provided by the University of Bordeaux.

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