To secure a CEA PhD contract, applicants from universities or graduates from France’s Grandes Ecoles or engineering schools, must have a “Master 2” degree awarded by a university or a diploma authorising them to register for a PhD from a doctoral school ("école doctorale").
The Master 2 degree, together with authorisation to register for a PhD thesis awarded by the university, must be secured before the start of the PhD contract.
Applicants must be under 25 years old. Exemptions can be made to account for specific university curricula.
The award of a CEA thesis contract is made upon approval by the Selection Committee which is chaired by the High-Commissioner for Atomic Energy.
Depending on funding, some applications can be processed all year round by the High-Commissioner for Atomic Energy. The CEA laboratories can provide you all information.
The CEA mobilises various types of funding for PhD contracts. Depending on the situation, the CEA may, or may not, be the PhD student’s employer.
For CFR, CTBU CTCI and CTCR funding:
The PhD contract is a 3-year fixed term employment contract with the CEA acting as the employer;
The PhD student’s gross monthly salary is €2,043.54 in years 1 and 2, rising to €2,104.62 in year 3 (values from 1 January 2010 - Point = €5.52);
The INSTN/SFRES notifies successful applicants individually on the award of their PhD contract.