ParisTech - CSC doctoral program: application process

Application process for the 2020/2021 campaign will start on October 20, 2020.

Please carefully read all information below, and contact us if you had any question.

The program offers a limited number of scholarships, and is thus highly selective: provide a file as complete as possible, check all information available on labs and researchers, construct a clear and coherent personal and professional project to enhance your chances of being selected!

Applicants must be citizens of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application.

Applicants should not hold a foreign permanent residence permit.

Applicants should be at least 18 years old at the time of application.

Students eligible to the program can either be, at the time of application:

  • Studying in China

- Master's students (last year of Master or recent graduates) in a Chinese University.

- First year PhD students in a Chinese University are only eligible for co-supervised PhDs scholarship. A recommendation from the home university will be required.

  • Studying in France

​- Second year Master's (M2) students or students graduated within less than a year while applying for the CSC scholarship.

- Applicants who have studied for a “Diplôme d’ingénieur” in France, and especially those who have received funding from the CSC - ParisTech "9+9" Program project are also encouraged to apply to this PhD program.

  • Students in one of the 32 partner countries* of the CSC

​USA, Canada, Cuba, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Israel, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Hungary, Serbia.

  • Students who graduated within less than a year at the time of application to the CSC scholarship.

The funding period for PhD candidates covers 36 to 48 months. For joint PhD candidates, the funding covers 6 to 24 months.

The CSC provides one-time round-trip international travel expenses by the most economical route, and scholarships for overseas students within the funding period. Scholarship recipients need to pay the registration fee, and other administrative fees, as specified by the doctoral school at which they are registered.

They will be given priority assistance in terms of accommodation and help on visas procedures, and provided with necessary resources and equipment during their PhD studies.

October 20, 2020

Publication of the Research proposals, start of application process

Midnight, December 13, 2020 (Paris time)

Deadline for applicants to send all the required documents to 

December 25, 2020

Successful applicants will receive a notification to attend an interview.

January 2021

Interviews with the ParisTech Admission Board

Late January to late February 2021

Online interviews with potential PhD advisors

March 2021

Admitted students will receive a provisional admission letter to apply for the CSC scholarship.

End of May / Early June 2021

Announcement of CSC scholarship results

June to September 2021

Awarded students will receive the official admission letter, and will be informed by the CSC about all the administrative procedures to follow before departure for France

September / October 2021

Arrival in France and beginning of the PhD



You will find below the full list of all PhD proposals. You can click on the PhD research proposal to check all information about it (supervisors, lab, content…).

Candidates can either apply to:

  • specific PhD research proposals (up to 3),
  • and / or an entire research field: in this case we strongly encourage you to check the database of ParisTech publications to identify potential PhD supervisors and mention them in your application.

Please note that you are encouraged to contact supervisors during the application process, either:

  • to make sure the research proposal corresponds to your project,
  • or in the case you found a lab or supervisor you were interested in pursuing a PhD with, to define a thesis subject with them.

You can also download the booklet of all Research Proposals for 2021 (more proposals coming soon) and the Excel table (more proposals coming soon), with subject listed according to the Research Fields covered by ParisTech.


Full list of 2021 PhD Research Proposals


ParisTech School

Research Group/Lab

PhD Research Subject




 Coupling and intensification of separation processes



UMR Silva

 Soil microbial functioning in land surface models



Neuroethology of Olfaction (NEO), iEES

 Neural Processing of Pheromone Blend Ratio

 AgroParisTechiEES PARIS – Ecosens departmentEvolution of the detection and metabolism of ethanol in the olfactory system of drosophilids
 Arts et Métiers Sciences et Technologies Coming soon...
 Arts et Métiers Sciences et Technologies Coming soon...
 Arts et Métiers Sciences et Technologies Coming soon...
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLSEISAD team, iCLeHS (Chimie ParisTech PSL / CNRS 2027)Design and development by continuous flow chemistry of new functionalized peptide nanoobjects for tumor diagnosis and therapy, with quantitative bioimaging monitoring
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS),
CSB2D Team
New iron complexes for enantioselective hydrogen transfer catalysis
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS),
CTM group
Development and application of density based indexes for the diagnostic and description of excited states
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS),
Theoretical Chemistry and Modeling Group
Better understanding TiO2 photocatalysis by Density Functional Theory approaches
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitut de Rechreche de Chimie Paris (UMR8247)2D/3D Perovskites for Stable and High-Efficiency Solar Cells
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS),
CTM group
In silico design of unescapable influenza therapies
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS)Photocatalysis in Living Cells with Earth Abundant Metals for Cancer Therapy
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS),
CSB2D Team
Asymmetric Catalysis toward BioRelevant Architecturally Novel Natural and
Unnatural Products
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life & Health Sciences (i-CLeHS),
CSB2D team (Catalysis, synthesis of biomolecules and sustainable chemistry)
Total synthesis of tulearin A and analogues
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLIRCP-UMR 8247Synthesis of innovative nanomaterials for hydrogen production by water splitting process and the study of its efficiency by the rotating Ring Disk Electrode method
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLIRCP-UMR 8247Design of new electrode materials based on nanoparticles for electrochemical nanosensing applications with environmental interest
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS)Hydrogel Matrix Grafted electrochemical Aptasensors for the Detection of emerging pollutants
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLOrganometallic Chemistry and Polymerization CatalysisSynthesis of Biobased Polyurethanes from Renewable Resources: A New Tandem Approach to Polypeptide Analogues
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLOrganometallic Chemistry and Polymerization CatalysisSmart multi-catalytic systems for the production of biocompatible polymers
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLOrganometallic Chemistry and Polymerization CatalysisSynthesis of Biodegradable Polymers from Renewable Resources
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLOrganometallic Chemistry and Polymerization CatalysisVectorizing nanoparticles using biocompatible and biodegradable polymer coating mediated by surface organometallic chemistry
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLPSC/IRCPOrganic molecules for the corrosion inhibition of Al alloys: theoretical and experimental model approach
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS)Development of new iodine(III) compounds for antibiotic applications
 Chimie ParisTech | PSLIRCP or IPVFIn situ analytical approaches to understand environmental stability of materials for energy
 Ecole des Ponts ParisTechHM&CoSpatio-temporal variability of rainfall drop size distribution across scales: retrieval, characterization and uses
 Ecole des Ponts ParisTechHM&CoMultiscale short-term forecasts of geophysical fields based on remotely-sensed big data
 Ecole des Ponts ParisTechHM&CoOptimal implementation of Nature-Based Solutions to mitigate Urban Heat Islands
 Ecole des Ponts ParisTechHM&CoDevelop an innovative framework to assess the environmental performances of a new train station over time
 Ecole des Ponts ParisTechLaboratoire d’Hydraulique Saint-Venant (LHSV)Modelling and simulating complex flows for engineering puposes
 Ecole des Ponts ParisTechCERMICSCentral limit theorem for nonlinear functionals of the emprirical mean of non i.i.d . Samples
 Ecole des Ponts ParisTechLeesu (ENPC and
University Paris-Est Créteil), LISA and LiSSi (University Paris-Est Créteil)
Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to monitor and accommodate
with urban pollution in smart cities
 ESPCI Paris | PSLGenes Circuits Rhythms and Neuropathology (GCRN group)
/Brain Plasticity Laboratory
Propagation of neurodegeneration in parkinson’s disease studied in drosophila models
 ESPCI Paris | PSLMicro & Nano Characterization Group/LPEMMaterial Strategies for More Stable Perovskite Solar Cells
 ESPCI Paris | PSLMIE CBIElectrostrictive and Triboelectric fibers for Vibrational Energy Harvesting
 ESPCI Paris | PSLMIE CBICharacterization of the flow of concentrated suspensions under vibrations
 ESPCI Paris | PSLGulliver LabActive Colloidal Gels
 ESPCI Paris | PSLGulliver LabMorphological Swarm Robotics
 ESPCI Paris | PSLPhysics and Material Study (LPEM)Contact effects at metal/insulator interfaces
 ESPCI Paris | PSLPhysics and Material Study (LPEM)High spatial resolution space charge distribution measurement by electro-acoustic reflectometry (EAR)
 ESPCI Paris | PSLInstitut LangevinAcoustic imaging and pumping in granular sediments
 ESPCI Paris | PSLLPEMLocal electronic properties of a remarkable ionic conductor
 ESPCI Paris | PSLGulliver LabIrreversible algorithms for molecular modeling
 ESPCI Paris | PSLSIMM, Soft Matter Science and EngineeringBio inspired hydrogels for water filtration
 ESPCI Paris | PSLLaboratoire de Biochimie / CBIA microfluidic reactor for the emergence, assembly and evolution of life’s
biopolymers and cellular structures
 ESPCI Paris | PSLInstitut LangevinImaging and dynamic of the retina cells
 ESPCI Paris | PSLMNC Group / LPEMNanostructures fabrication and characterization for implementation in optoelectronic devices
 ESPCI Paris | PSLComplex Suspensions/PMMHMicro-helices in flows
 ESPCI Paris | PSLSoft Matter Science and Engineering LaboratoryCutting soft materials
 ESPCI Paris | PSLSoft Matter Science and Engineering LaboratoryBridging Chemistry, Physics and Mechanics: Understanding how needles and blades damage chemical bonds in soft materials
 Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNonlinear Photonics - LCFHighly sensitive sensors for detection of pollutants based on optical nanofibers
 Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNanophotonics - LP2NExploring the optical properties of perovskite single nanocrystals and superlattices
 Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNanophotonics - LP2NCoherent dipole-dipole coupling of organic molecules at cryogenic temperatures
 Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNanophotonics - LP2NFast Josephson-junction control by optical manipulation of a flux quantum
 Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNanophotonics - LP2NTowards single spin control with an optically driven Abrikosov vortex
 MINES ParisTech | PSLCentre for Materials Forming3D printing of gels and aerogels for biomedical applications
 MINES ParisTech | PSLPERSEEBig data based forecasts for the electric power system
 MINES ParisTech | PSLPERSEEDynamic Line Rating: risk and impact on investment planning
 MINES ParisTech | PSLCentre de gestion ScientitiquePerformance of interconnected logistics networks under uncertainty
 MINES ParisTech | PSLCentre de mise En Forme des matériaux (CEMEF)A Self consistent crystal plasticity model coupled to a mean field model for microstructural evolution predictions
 MINES ParisTech | PSLCentre de recherche en informatiqueScaling Up Polarized Deduction Modulo Theory



Application is a 6-step process:


Step 1: Providing all application documents to ParisTech

If you want to be considered for a PhD at ParisTech schools, the following documents are required, and should be send to:

All documents must be submitted in English or in French, translated version is also acceptable.

All documents marked with * are mandatory:


  • A completed application form (to be downloaded here)*

Please fill in the application form online, and save it in pdf format.

  • Two completed and signed recommendation forms (to be downloaded here)*

Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicants to ensure that the recommendation forms are returned duly completed.

  • Student ranking certificates (ranking by major or department at bachelor and master level)*.

If your university cannot provide all ranking certificates, please explain why on your application form (in the section dedicated to GPA and rankings).

  • Academic transcripts (at bachelor and master level)*


  • An English summary of your master thesis*.

If you are currently studying outside of China, and cannot provide a summary of a master thesis, please explain it in the application form, in the section dedicated to the master thesis).

  • A personal statement including motivation and rough research plan (1-2 pages)*.

Please outline why you wish to pursue a PhD at ParisTech, and do not hesitate to provide any additional information about yourself (interests, work experience, professional project, etc.) that may support your application.

  •  A research plan (one page)*.

The research plan should describe the areas you are interested in, and some research work you have done that makes you consider pursuing a PhD in the domain you wish to apply to.

  • Any evidence of French or English proficiency

We strongly suggest you to meet the CSC requirements on Foreign Language Proficiency.

  • Any further document proving your academic or scientific achievement / excellence (ex. university prize, published work, previously awarded scholarship).
  • A scan of your passport or resident ID card*.

The deadline to receive the full application is at midnight (Paris time) on December 13, 2020.

N.B. Your application will be considered only upon receipt of all required materials. Please do not combine all the above documents into one single PDF file. All documents will be reviewed by Professors from ParisTech “Grandes Ecoles”.


Step 2: Interview with the ParisTech Admission Board

If your application file meets all ParisTech criteria, you will receive a notification to pass an interview on December 25, 2020. The interview aims at evaluating applicants’ motivation, communication skills, and research projects.

Interview are to be held from January 11, 2021 to January 22, 2021 in Shanghai, Beijing, Paris, or online for candidates neither in China or France.

NB: Due to the pandemic, interviews might be partially or all held online.


Step 3: Interview with potential PhD advisors

These interviews will be held online from late January 2021 to late February 2021.
If at this stage you still haven’t contacted any potential advisors, we strongly encourage you to do so.


Step 4: CSC application

Once all interviews taken, and / or once a supervisor agrees to deliver you a conditional admission letter, you should apply for the CSC – Paris PhD scholarship.

  1. All applicants should log in to the CSC study abroad platform ( in March each year, to complete an online application and upload relevant materials.
  2. The China Scholarship Council entrusts the following institutions to be responsible for the applicants’ selection:
  • Relevant  universities and institutions in China are responsible for accepting applications from their own students;
  • For applicants currently abroad, the relevant department of the Chinese Embassy is responsible for accepting applications.
  • The China Scholarship Council does not directly accept individual applications.
  1. After completing the online application, applicants should submit the  materials to the institutions responsible for their application as soon as possible. These institutions should then review the completeness of the applicant's materials, and submit an official letter, and the list of recommended applicants to the Eurasian and African Affairs Department of the China Scholarship Council before an annually set date (in April), and submit the applicant's materials through the CSC platform.


Step 5: Evaluation by the CSC and admission

Applications will be reviewed by the CSC.

Once the results published, recipients of the scholarship will receive an unconditional admission letter from the relevant school.


Step 6: Dispatch

The dispatch time of admitted students is generally September / October. Admitted students are responsible for contacting their research unit, and for their visa procedure. The exact time of dispatch is determined in the admission letter.


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