INSPIRE 2017 - Application platform is expected to open soon. Link will be posted here and at the head of the website.
The following information, and documents, will be requested from you at the application platform. The information listed below is non-exhaustive and additional information may be requested on the application platform. Please check this page for updates.
On the application platform you will first be required to do a quick eligibility test concerning the date of your relevant (Masters) degree obtained, or to be obtained (Academic criterion), and the number of days you’ve spent in France during the preceding three years (Mobility criterion). This is an informal check. If you are eventually selected for step 3 by the Doctoral School, you will be required to sign a statement of honour concerning all the information you provide on the application platform.
The application platform will have three ports of entry.
A. For the candidate who will need to fill in / upload
1. Biodata (Name, date of birth, address, email, telephone, level of language, etc.)
2. Education / Academic training
- Masters (University, discipline, etc.).
==> Masters certificate or attestation to be uploaded
==> Upload Grades in Masters classes to be uploaded
- Bachelors (University, discipline, etc.).
==> Masters certificate or attestation to be uploaded
==> Grades in Masters classes
You need to upload certified copy of academic transcripts with grades for all Masters courses in French or in English. All translations need to be apostilled, except if the original certified copy is in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.
3. Research Experience (description, publications, presentations)
4. Work Experience
5. Cover / Motivation letter (limit of 5000 characters)
Describe why you wish to apply for an INSPIRE PhD fellowship. Give the reasons for the choice of the proposed thesis project with regards to your main subjects of scientific interest. Explain how your background fits the project and this programme. Describe what your career plans are and what your professional project is after the Ph.D. Describe what your ideal training plan includes, and what skills you would like to acquire during your thesis with respect to your professional project (this main include training on specific tools, languages, equipment, etc.)
- HALL: Humanités, Arts, Lettres et Langues / Humanities, Arts, Literature and Languages
- SDVS: Sciences du Vivant et de la Santé /Life and Health Sciences
- SET: Sciences Exactes et Technologie/ Exact Sciences and Technology
- SS: Sciences Sociales / Social Sciences
8. Research Project (20000 characters including spaces)
- Section 1. Introduction / Objectives of the project
- Section 2. State of the art / Contexte scientific
- Section 3. Concepts and objectives
- Section 4. Methodology / Materials and Methods
- Section 5. Feasiblity / Timetable (approximate timetable in a calendar format over 3 years: 2017 – 2020)
- Section 6. Financial sources for carrying out research, and if required visits to laboratory of collaborator(s)
- Section 7. Impact : scientific, potential applications, societal
- Section 8. International collaborations
- Section 9. Bibliography
==> Tables and Figures to be uploaded
9. Doctoral School: choose one corresponding to that of the potential thesis supervisor, or if you haven’t identified a thesis supervisor as yet, in the potential field of interest
10. Recommendation letter(s) - maximum 4, minimum 2
- Name of Referee, complete institutional address, email and telephone (for a pre-evaluation, letters will not be requested from the referee(s) - their contact information will suffice
Note that you may opt for a pre-evaluation of your application by the Doctoral School (approximately by the middle of November). You do not need to have identified a potential thesis supervisor but you need to upload all information requested in this section. For a pre-evaluation, candidates in the SDVS and SET sections do not need to submit a Research Project, but it is compulsory to provide a Research Project for candidates in HALL and SS. If you have a complete dossier for a pre-evaluation, the concerned Doctoral Schools will be informed. This pre-evaluation by the Doctoral School will only include a suggestion whether you should continue with the application or not. It will not imply an endorsement of acceptance to their programme.
The online platform to submit your application will be made available soon. In the meantime, we invite you to put together the required information as described above.
B. For the declared thesis supervisor who will need to fill in / upload
1. Confirmation that s/he supports the candidate’s application
2. Indicate the Doctoral School to which s/he is affiliated
3. Indicate one of the eight institutions of USPC to which s/he is affiliated
4. Name of the group
5. Official number of the group
6. Information pertaining to the person who will submit the “avis motivé du directeur. de la direcrtrice de l’unité” (it cannot be the same as the “directeur.rice de these”) (Name, name of the “unite/equipe”, email, etc.)
==> CV in PDF format to be uploaded (2-page limit)
CV of the thesis supervisor (2 pages maximum): must include list of most significant publications relevant to research project, as well as the doctoral candidates currently being supervised and their expected dates of graduation.
==> “L’avis motivé de la.du directeur.rice de l’unité” to be uploaded
Letter of Motivation from the director of the host laboratory. The letter should validate the application in terms of the proper relevance of the thesis subject to the research focus of the lab and the host laboratory’s capacity to support the candidate’s proposed thesis research project.
C. For confidential recommendation letters (each referee will receive an email with information on how to submit their recommendation letter via the Application platform)
==> Letter to be uploaded by referee (login information will be automatically sent to referee based on information provided by candidate)
- Each letter should be a maximum of 1 page
- The letter should include the name of referee, complete institutional address, email and telephone
- The letter should include the name of the candidate
- The letter should include the context in which the referee knows the candidate and how they would evaluate the candidate, e.g., with reference to: scientific knowledge, creativity, technical ability, communciation skills, motivation, maturity, team work, relation with mentor, flexibility, English knowledge, standard/level with respect to her/his peers
- The letter should include the date and signature of the referee
For more information click "Further official information" below.