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Researchers' Enrollment

The two highest degrees (such as the doctorate, which trains students to research, and the "Habilitation à diriger des recherches" (HDR), which allows researchers or teacher-researchers to supervise doctoral theses.

 Before My Arrival

Registering as a PhD Student Before My Arrival

Before registering as a PhD student, you will need to:

  • obtain agreement from a PhD supervisor attached to a research unit;
  • define a thesis subject;
  • find a way to fund your thesis.

The application submission dates and the lists of documents to be provided for admission depend on each PhD school.

Periods of Doctoral administrative registrations are done online:

  • for a first enrollment: from the beginning of July to the end of October,
  • for a re-enrollment: from the end of June to the end of September. 

Registration in 2023/2024 costs €380 for one academic year.
Administrative registration has to be renewed every year.

Please note

If you hold a qualification from a foreign country equivalent to a Master’s degree, you must follow the derogatory admission procedure to be granted an exemption from the French qualification requirement. 

NB: details of requirements in terms of Master’s degree results (minimum grade), thesis funding and level of linguistic proficiency (French / English) are given on the websites of each PhD school.

 I Am in Strasbourg

Registering as a PhD Student in Strasbourg

  • If you already arrived in Strasbourg and hold a French Master’s diploma, you need to submit an enrollment application, according to the procedure of your doctoral school. 
  • PhD students enrolled at the University of Strasbourg, as every student, also have to pay the “Contribution to Student and Campus Life” (CVEC - Contribution de vie étudiante et de campus), before their administrative registration. It applies whether you are funded by a work contract or by a scholarship/fellowship.

Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR)

The "Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches" (HDR) is a national diploma obtainable after completing a doctorate. It is the highest qualification in the French higher education system. Obtaining this qualification allows individuals to become thesis supervisors, serve as thesis examiners, and apply for positions as university professors after being included on the qualification list by the National Council of Universities.

At the University of Strasbourg, enrolment for the HDR involves two phases: