ParisTech - CSC doctoral program: application process

ParisTech-CSC PhD programme

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 and the Excel table, with subject listed according to the Research Fields covered by ParisTech.

Download the presentation:

Watch the webinar 2020 on YouTube or Bilibili : presentation of the program, of the labs and PhD proposals


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

4AgroParisTechiEES PARIS – Ecosens departmentEvolution of the detection and metabolism of ethanol in the olfactory system of drosophilids
5Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCFC – Laboratoire Conception Fabrication CommandeLarge strain characterization and modeling for sheet metal forming
6Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLISPENTrajectory shaping for vibration reduction of a class of non-linear non-minimum phase systems
7Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCFC / LAMPAImproving formability of lightweight metallic materials using process chaining: Incremental Forming and Friction Stir Welding
8Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesMSMP - Mechanics Surfaces and Materials ProcessingEffect of process parameters on the functional capability of High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys fabricated by laser additive manufacturing
9Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesMSMP - Mechanics Surfaces and Materials Processing4D printing of net-shape part made of Ni-Ti shape memory alloys fabricated by laser additive manufacturing
10Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesMechanics, Surfaces, and Materials Processing (MSMP – EA7350)Toward a multiscale finite element modeling of the machining behavior of biocomposites
11Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesMechanics, Surfaces, and Materials Processing (MSMP – EA7350)Multiscale machinability analysis of biocomposites under the laser cutting process
12Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesSMART research group / LEM3 UMR CNRS 7239Phase field fracture modelling of shape memory alloy actuators for aerospace applications
13Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLifseLife cycle assessment of hydrogen production and utilization in industry and mobility
14Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLifseHeat transfer intensification for next generation thermal energy systems
15Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLAMPAModeling of metal nanoparticles embedded in viscoelastic media using fluid-structure interaction approach
16Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratory LISPENDeep learning and multimodal declarative modeling for fast sketching of draft CAD models in the creative design phases
17Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesSMART Research group / LEM3 UMR CNRS 7239Experimental and numerical investigation of non-local damage in polymer based composites accounting for hygro-thermo-mechanical couplings
18Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesL2EPModel Order Reduction for Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Electromagnetics
19Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratory of Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics (L2EP)Sensorless Control for Integrated Multiphase Drives applied to Transportation Systems Using Artificial Intelligence Potentiality
20Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesMaterials and Surface Engineering Team / Laboratoire Bourguignon des Matériaux et Procédés (LaBoMaP)Improvement of surface properties by PVD-Thermochemistry hybrid treatment on metal substrates obtained by conventional manufacturing processes and by powder metallurgy
21Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesMMS Team - MSMP LabMultiscale stress/strain analysis of polycrystalline silicon for photovoltaic applications
22Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaBoMaP, UBFCStudy of the performance of recycled CO2 as cryogenic assistance in machining process:  experimentation and numerical simulation
23Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesCarnot ARTS institute / LISPEN LaboratoryGeometric simplification of digital CAD mock-up using substitution and envelope generation techniques exploiting explicit and implicit semantic information
24Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesPIMM laboratory (Comet Group)Reconstruction of heterogeneous surface residual-stresses in polycrystalline materials from X ray diffraction measurements
25Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesSMART/LEM3Experimental and numerical development of a High-Entropy High-Temperature Shape Memory Alloy (HE-HTSMA)
26Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCFC, ICube, LISPENTowards the definition of I4.0 KPIs
27Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLIFSEStudy of the aeroacoustic behavior of counter rotating subsonic axial flow fans
28Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesMMS/MSMPDevelopment of non-destructive characterization method using X ray diffraction line profile analysis and synthetic materials
29Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesInstitute of Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering (I2M), Institute of mechanics, Chinese academy of sciences (China)Very-high-cycle fatigue strength of metals under multiaxial stress state
30Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLIFSEModeling the control parameters of pulsed flow through a Drug elucting stent
31Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides de Lille (LMFL)Numerical Simulation of Droplet Impingement for Chip Cooling Process
32Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLAMPAInfluence of rheological and frictional slip properties on fault mechanics and localization phenomena
33Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLAMPAPhase field modeling of damage and fracture in polycrystalline materials under thermomechanical loading
34Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLAMPAA systematic approach for cracked rotating shaft analysis
35Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides de Lille (LMFL)Optimizing flow control actuators by data-driven reduced-order models
36Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCFC, LISPENErgonomic and Cognitive Decision Support System to manage daily a Reconfigurable Manufacturing System with Collaborative Robotics
37Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides de Lille (LMFL)Numerical and Experimental Study of Liquid Plugs in Human Lungs
38Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesMSMP (EA7350), IJL (UMR7198), Access RWTH AachenNumerical modeling of solidification and high-pressure die casting process
39Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLISPENImpact of the life cycle of multi-energy micro-grid systems on their energy efficiency
40Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCFCReconfigurable Process Control for Reconfigurable Production/Manufacturing Systems
41Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCFCSupervised learning for tolerance allocation
42Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratory of Electrical Engineering and Power electronics (L2EP)Dynamic simulation of large transmission grid incorporating modular Multilevel converters with internal storage system
43Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratoire de Conception, Fabrication, Commande (LCFC)Risk management of engineering products driven by artificial intelligence
44Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCPICloud manufacturing
45Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCPIDesign optimization using manufacturing processes
46Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLISPEN / Institut ImageIntuitive 3D Interactions for Mobile Mixed Reality – Application to the factrory of the future
47Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesInstitut Image / LISPENHuman–Robot Collaboration in Integrated Manufacturing using Augmented Reality
48Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaBoMaPVACUITY: innoVative mAgnetron Cathode for modUlarly deposITion sYstem
49Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesMMS/MSMP (EA7350)Measurement of residual stresses in materials: FEM-based simulation of X-ray diffraction
50Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLIFSEEfficiency enhancement of the compressed air energy storage (CAES) process
51Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLABOMAP and LEM3Surface integrity of Ti-6Al-4V alloy components produced by SLM and machining processes: multiphysics simulations and experimental validation
52Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCPI / LISPENContribution to the integration of Additive Manufacturing and Augmented Reality in early design phases to foster Creativity
53Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCFCOptimization of Robotic Friction Stir Welding through monitoring
54Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLCFCAutomation of a flexible and agile finishing process of forged workpieces with industrial robots
55Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesInstitute of Mechanical Engineering (I2M)Simulation of biomass pyrolysis and combustion in fixed-bed reactors
56Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratoire d'Etude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Matériaux (LEM3), UMR CNRS 7239Prediction of plastic buckling for thin structures using advanced constitutive models
57Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratoire d'Etude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Matériaux (LEM3), UMR CNRS 7239Improved numerical multiscale approaches for the prediction of the ductility limit of polycrystalline materials
58Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesLaboratoire d'Etude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Matériaux (LEM3), UMR CNRS 7239Prediction of the bendability limits during sheet metal forming processes
59Arts et Métiers Sciences et TechnologiesI2M / LISPENDevelopment of a design approach with real-time assembly information and an enriched CAD tool
60Chimie 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
61Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS),
CSB2D Team
New iron complexes for enantioselective hydrogen transfer catalysis
62Chimie 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
63Chimie 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
64Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitut de Rechreche de Chimie Paris (UMR8247)2D/3D Perovskites for Stable and High-Efficiency Solar Cells
65Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS),
CTM group
In silico design of unescapable influenza therapies
66Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS)Photocatalysis in Living Cells with Earth Abundant Metals for Cancer Therapy
67Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS),
CSB2D Team
Asymmetric Catalysis toward BioRelevant Architecturally Novel Natural and
Unnatural Products
68Chimie 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
69Chimie 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
70Chimie ParisTech | PSLIRCP-UMR 8247Design of new electrode materials based on nanoparticles for electrochemical nanosensing applications with environmental interest
71Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS)Hydrogel Matrix Grafted electrochemical Aptasensors for the Detection of emerging pollutants
72Chimie ParisTech | PSLOrganometallic Chemistry and Polymerization CatalysisSynthesis of Biobased Polyurethanes from Renewable Resources: A New Tandem Approach to Polypeptide Analogues
73Chimie ParisTech | PSLOrganometallic Chemistry and Polymerization CatalysisSmart multi-catalytic systems for the production of biocompatible polymers
74Chimie ParisTech | PSLOrganometallic Chemistry and Polymerization CatalysisSynthesis of Biodegradable Polymers from Renewable Resources
75Chimie ParisTech | PSLOrganometallic Chemistry and Polymerization CatalysisVectorizing nanoparticles using biocompatible and biodegradable polymer coating mediated by surface organometallic chemistry
76Chimie ParisTech | PSLPSC/IRCPOrganic molecules for the corrosion inhibition of Al alloys: theoretical and experimental model approach
77Chimie ParisTech | PSLInstitute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences (i-CLeHS)Development of new iodine(III) compounds for antibiotic applications
78Chimie ParisTech | PSLIRCP or IPVFIn situ analytical approaches to understand environmental stability of materials for energy
79Ecole des Ponts ParisTechHM&CoSpatio-temporal variability of rainfall drop size distribution across scales: retrieval, characterization and uses
80Ecole des Ponts ParisTechHM&CoMultiscale short-term forecasts of geophysical fields based on remotely-sensed big data
81Ecole des Ponts ParisTechHM&CoOptimal implementation of Nature-Based Solutions to mitigate Urban Heat Islands
82Ecole des Ponts ParisTechHM&CoDevelop an innovative framework to assess the environmental performances of a new train station over time
83Ecole des Ponts ParisTechLaboratoire d’Hydraulique Saint-Venant (LHSV)Modelling and simulating complex flows for engineering puposes
84Ecole 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
85ESPCI Paris | PSLGenes Circuits Rhythms and Neuropathology (GCRN group)
/Brain Plasticity Laboratory
Propagation of neurodegeneration in parkinson’s disease studied in drosophila models
86ESPCI Paris | PSLMicro & Nano Characterization Group/LPEMMaterial Strategies for More Stable Perovskite Solar Cells
87ESPCI Paris | PSLMIE CBIElectrostrictive and Triboelectric fibers for Vibrational Energy Harvesting
88ESPCI Paris | PSLMIE CBICharacterization of the flow of concentrated suspensions under vibrations
89ESPCI Paris | PSLGulliver LabActive Colloidal Gels
90ESPCI Paris | PSLGulliver LabMorphological Swarm Robotics
91ESPCI Paris | PSLPhysics and Material Study (LPEM)Contact effects at metal/insulator interfaces
92ESPCI Paris | PSLPhysics and Material Study (LPEM)High spatial resolution space charge distribution measurement by electro-acoustic reflectometry (EAR)
93ESPCI Paris | PSLInstitut LangevinAcoustic imaging and pumping in granular sediments
94ESPCI Paris | PSLLPEMLocal electronic properties of a remarkable ionic conductor
95ESPCI Paris | PSLGulliver LabIrreversible algorithms for molecular modeling
96ESPCI Paris | PSLSIMM, Soft Matter Science and EngineeringBio inspired hydrogels for water filtration
97ESPCI Paris | PSLLaboratoire de Biochimie / CBIA microfluidic reactor for the emergence, assembly and evolution of life’s
biopolymers and cellular structures
98ESPCI Paris | PSLInstitut LangevinImaging and dynamic of the retina cells
99ESPCI Paris | PSLMNC Group / LPEMNanostructures fabrication and characterization for implementation in optoelectronic devices
100ESPCI Paris | PSLComplex Suspensions/PMMHMicro-helices in flows
101ESPCI Paris | PSLSoft Matter Science and Engineering LaboratoryCutting soft materials
102ESPCI Paris | PSLSoft Matter Science and Engineering LaboratoryBridging Chemistry, Physics and Mechanics: Understanding how needles and blades damage chemical bonds in soft materials
103ESPCI Paris | PSLLPEMElectronic and Thermoelectrical properties of dilute metals
104ESPCI Paris | PSLLPEM, LLBBad metals and soft mode in the quantum paralectrics
105Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNonlinear Photonics - LCFHighly sensitive sensors for detection of pollutants based on optical nanofibers
106Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNanophotonics - LP2NExploring the optical properties of perovskite single nanocrystals and superlattices
107Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNanophotonics - LP2NCoherent dipole-dipole coupling of organic molecules at cryogenic temperatures
108Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNanophotonics - LP2NFast Josephson-junction control by optical manipulation of a flux quantum
109Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolNanophotonics - LP2NTowards single spin control with an optically driven Abrikosov vortex
110Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolPlasmonics/LCFControlling thermal emission
111MINES ParisTech | PSLCentre for Materials Forming3D printing of gels and aerogels for biomedical applications
112MINES ParisTech | PSLPERSEEBig data based forecasts for the electric power system
113MINES ParisTech | PSLPERSEEDynamic Line Rating: risk and impact on investment planning
114MINES ParisTech | PSLCentre de gestion ScientitiquePerformance of interconnected logistics networks under uncertainty
115MINES 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
116MINES ParisTech | PSLCentre de recherche en informatiqueScaling Up Polarized Deduction Modulo Theory
117MINES ParisTech | PSLCEMEF CNRS 7635Digital Crystallization of Organic-based systems: from Spherulites to Dendrites



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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