Doctoral Studentship at French Institute for Demographic Studies, France

Publish Date: May 12, 2015

Deadline: May 20, 2015

The French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) is organizing a competitive examination to recruit doctoral students for a period of one to three years:

-6 doctoral students, enrolled in a French or foreign university, who will receive a doctoral grant for a period of 1 to 3 years, depending on the university year of their first thesis enrolment (3 years for students who first enrolled in 2015-2016, 2 years for those who first enrolled in 2014-2015 and 1 year for those who first enrolled in 2013-2014). The monthly remuneration in 2014-2015 was 1,684.93 euros gross (1,359 euros net).

-Doctoral students with external funding (employment / doctoral contract with a body other than INED) but who wish to be hosted without remuneration at INED and to benefit from its scientific environment.

The conditions for hosting doctoral students are detailed in two documents available on the INED website:

-INED policy on hosting PhD students

-Charter for doctoral students (to be signed by the successful applicants and their supervisors)

Applications must be received by 20 May 2015 at the latest

(students who have not yet defended their M2 dissertation by the application deadline, have until 17 June to submit their dissertation and defence report)

Instructions for submitting applications can be found at

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-A Master's degree (M2) or equivalent qualification in a discipline related to population science (demography, economics, epidemiology, history, sociology, etc.) M2 defended before 17 June at the latest.1

-Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme in a French or foreign university at the start of the 2015- 2016 academic year.

-The first year of PhD thesis enrolment must not be earlier than 2013 (2015-2016, 2014-2015 or 2013-2014academic years).2

-Applicants of all ages and all nationalities are eligible.

-The student's application must be supported by at least two advisors, including at least one INED researcher3(see appendix 1). The thesis supervisor may be a non-INED researcher, but applications from students whose PhD is supervised or co-supervised by an INED researcher will take priority.

-Applications must be uploaded and accepted on the website4 by 20 May 2015 at the latest (with the exception of Master's dissertations and defence reports completed after that date).

-Applicants must present a research project that corresponds to the themes and methodological approaches of INED (see the INED website: and/or of the iPOPs laboratory of excellence (see the iPOPs website:

-The candidates whose advisor supervises 2 or more PhD students already funded by INED or iPOPs in 2015- 16 won’t be eligible.

No late or incomplete applications will be considered by the selection committee.


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Access the application file:

This file comprises:

An application form to be filled in online.

A curriculum vitæ

The M2 dissertation

The M2 defence report

The M2 grade transcript

A letter of motivation stating why the applicant wishes to obtain an INED studentship.

1Students enrolled in a Master's degree whose dissertation defence sessions are held after the application deadline may request an extension of the deadline for submitting their dissertation defence report. In such cases, the applicant must submit a letter from the director of the Master's degree course confirming that the dissertation cannot be defended within the stated deadline and indicating the scheduled date for the defence.

2Except in cases where the PhD was interrupted due to a birth, health problems or for professional reasons. If you have any doubts on this point, please contact INED at

3Each PhD student hosted at INED is followed by a thesis committee comprising two advisors– the thesis supervisor and another researcher (who may be co-supervisor) – at least one of whom is a researcher at INED. For further information, see the document "INED policy on hosting PhD students" and the appended list of researchers.


An academic text for applicants already enrolled in a PhD programme (generally a provisional version of the first thesis chapter)

A thesis project (no longer than 5 pages max.), written by the applicant and prepared with his/her (future) advisors who are supporting his/her application. This document must contain the following:

o Applicant's personal details: name and university;

o A short, clearly worded title describing the main purpose of the applicant's research; o An abstract (150 words);

oA presentation of the research topic, objectives and research questions, based on a review of the state of the art;

o Presentation of methods;

oA work plan (research plan, collaborators, if any). Applicants already enrolled in a thesis programme are asked to describe the state of progress of their research;

oA thesis completion schedule This document must be prepared very carefully. The schedule must be discussed in order to determine which aspects, if any, are liable to delay completion, and what alternative solutions could be adopted if any difficulties arise;

o The applicant's career plan;

oA bibliography (one page at most).

A form completed by each advisor. The INED advisor will upload the forms of all advisors onto the website. The applicant must check that these forms have been uploaded before the deadline of 20 May 2015. Advisors can use the form provided on the application site. If the form is not used, advisors should ensure that all the necessary information is included in their letter of recommendation.


The files of studentship applicants (with or without funding) will be examined by a recruitment and assessment committee comprising 10 eminent scientists. The selection procedure is detailed in appendix 4.



INED committee members

Representative of Labex partners


Emmanuelle Cambois

Carole Brugeilles (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défence)


Annabel Desgrées du Loû



Lidia Panico

External committee members


Delphine Rémillon

Eva Beaujouan (Institut de démographie de Vienne)


Isabelle Séguy

Albet Esteve (Centre d’études démographiques de Barcelone)


Xavier Thierry

Laurent Nowik (Université de Tours)


Michel Oris (Université de Genève)


Loïc Trabut


Michael Rendall (Université du Maryland)





Maria Letizia Tanturri (Université de Padoue)





-Application deadline: 20 May 2015

-Deadline for uploading M2 dissertation and defence report: 17 June 2015

-Selection committee meeting: 25-26 June 2015

-Results (list of successful applications posted online): 3 July 2015

-Starting date at INED: 1 October 2015

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