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Doctoral Scholarship Program of Excellence at Université Côte d’Azur in France, 2018 Scholarship Positions 2018 2019


­Université Côte d’Azur is delighted to offer up to five fully funded PhD fellowships open to researchers worldwide to begin no later than October 2018.

The objective is to recruit and support the most academically qualified and promising early-stage researchers worldwide who are developing a research program involving one or more laboratories within UCA.

Université Côte d’Azur (Université Côte d’Azur) is a recently created cluster of higher education establishments on the French Riviera that brings together the major players in higher education and research on the Côte d’Azur. Université Côte d’Azur aims to develop a new, 21st-century model for French universities, based on new interactions between disciplines, a new form of coordination between research, teaching, and innovation, and strong partnerships with the private sector and local authorities.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: March 11, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue Doctoral programme.
  • Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded to learn any of the courses offered by the university.
  • Scholarship Award: The Doctoral Program of Excellence offers fellowships consisting of an annual service-free contract with a gross salary of 2500 € per month, guaranteed for a maximum duration of three years. This comes with the support of up to 1500 € / year to defray the costs of participation in international conferences or workshops. In addition to this financial support, UCA considers the awarding of a fellowship from the Doctoral Program of Excellence as a highly significant accomplishment. When relevant, other professional or academic opportunities will be made available to the selected doctoral candidates.
  • Nationality: Open to researchers worldwide
  • Number of Scholarships: Up to five fellowships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in France

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: Open to researchers worldwide.

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

The Doctoral Program of Excellence is intended to be a recruiting tool to help UCA attract outstanding students entering doctoral programs. Current students already in one of the UCA member institutions will, therefore, receive lower priority than students graduating from other institutions.

Applicants may have received a Master’s degree, but should not have yet been awarded a doctoral degree. Students who have not yet completed their Master’s degree by the application deadline but who may nevertheless be ready for a Ph.D. program — as attested to, for example, by the completion of significant undergraduate or master’s level research—may also apply (see below). They would be eligible to receive a doctoral program of excellence fellowship only after proving that they have completed their master’s degree.

Applicants who have previously been considered but who received a grade of B or C during the selection process are not allowed to re-apply in the subsequent session.

A potential supervisor can only support one candidate. A candidate may only apply with one research project and one supervisor.

Research projects must follow French and European regulations on ethics issues in order to be eligible for funding. In particular, projects involving activities aimed at human cloning for reproductive purposes, or intended to modify human genetics in a heritable manner, or aimed at creating human embryos for the sole purpose of research, cannot be funded. All applications involving other ethical issues will be required to declare them and to provide additional information and documentation.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

PhD Scholarships

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Applicants are expected to present a research program in coordination with a potential supervisor affiliated with one of the research teams of Universite? Co?te d’Azur.

Candidates are invited to apply online on the dedicated website: https://nuxeo.univ-cotedazur.fr/nuxeo/nxdoc/default/311511d4-b0a2-4452-b67a-0d34d4385331/view_documents

Applicants should upload the following documents (as PDF or JPG files):

  • The filled Application Form (A)
  • The Curriculum Vitae of the doctoral candidate, including a list of two references with their names, titles/relationship to the candidate (e.g., Committee Member, Research Collaborator), addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. (B)
  • A cover letter describing the applicant’s motivation (C)
  • Last diploma (D)
  • A written description of at most 2 pages of the doctoral research project (E)
  • A support letter from the host laboratory director and/or from the director of a UCA academy (F)
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport or ID (G)
  • A letter + CV from the anticipated supervisor (and co-supervisor, if applicable) (H)
  • CV of supervisor (I)
  • Advisor letter attesting the adequacy of the academic environment with the research topic (J)
  • additional documents (K)
    • In case of co-financing, the letter confirming the annual financial support, its amount, nature (wage, research funds…), and duration.
    • Any other document that may be relevant to the selection process (undergraduate grade transcripts, publications, letter of support from the supervisor of a master level internship …).A reference letter from the person in charge of the applicant’s Master program, or a complete transcript of the Master’s degree program courses; or (for foreign applicants who have not completed a Master’s degree but who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have significant research experience): complete undergraduate transcript, general and subject GRE test scores, a written description of the previous research project, and a letter of recommendation from the previous research supervisor, to be sent confidentially from the supervisor to the UCA : ced-at-unice.fr).

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