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DocWalker: PhD International Mobility Program

DocWalker aims to allow doctoral students from Université Côte d'Azur within the scope of EUR DS4H / Academy NIDS to spend a period of 1 to 3 months in an academic research laboratory abroad. This doctoral stay must contribute to the scientific advancement of the thesis with the additional expertise of the foreign laboratory hosting the doctoral student.

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PhD programs

Our 2020 PhD recruitment campaign is launched! Find out here the proposed subjects.

DS4H integrates UCA doctoral schools in ICT (ED-STIC) and Law, Political Science, Economics and Management (ED-DESPEG) into its governing bodies.

It delivers PhDs in :

  • Computer Science
  • Automatic, Signal and Image Processing
  • Electronics
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Management

Located at the heart of Sophia Antipolis - the biggest science park in Europe - DS4H takes support from the local high-level research laboratories (Inria Méditerranée, CNRS I3S, CNRS LEAT, Mines ParisTech CMA, Polytech'Lab, GREDEG)  and local high-tech firms.
About 270 PhD students are registered to doctoral schools affiliated to DS4H under the supervision of more than 200 habilitated Professors.


The PhD. student training program enforce at least one qualified supervisor (holder of an HDR: Habilitation diploma to advise Ph.D.s) and a Ph.D. committee, meeting at least once a year, nominated for each doctoral project. On average, there is more than 1 HDR holder for 2 registered Ph.D. students.
You need first to look for a PhD supervisor belonging to the Information Technologies Doctoral School (ED STIC) or the Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral School (ED DESPEG), whose research activity copes with your scientific whishes. Do it preferably before the end of your Master and contact a few of them. See if they are interested, if they propose a PhD subject for you and be careful to inform them immediately when you have made a choice. Then, with the help of your potential PhD supervisor, inventory the possible 3-year funding sources and apply to the appropriate programs.
All PhD. students must benefit from 3 years funding to register. They are integrated in one of the DS4H partner laboratories, which provide the material and scientific environment needed. All partner laboratories are renowned research institutions with long-standing practices for leading doctoral projects.
PhD. students will be required to follow 30 hours per year of complementary training from different sources: DS4H minors, seminars, and dedicated courses on research and teaching

After the PhD

The PhD is a universally world recognized diploma which opens the door to international industrial and academics careers. In a field where employment is highly favorable, our doctors easily get jobs in France and all over the world.

Read more about Doctoral Research at Université Côte d'Azur

PhD programs
Thesis Financial support: Icare Program

Thesis Financial support: Icare Program

DS4H annually provides financial support to 4 thesis and the Labex UCN@Sophia to 2 thesis, primarily on the basis of excellence.

Moreover, DS4H together with the Academy of Excellence "Networks, Information, and Digital Society" give additional means to the doctoral students and their supervisors through the ICARE PROGRAM.

What is the objective ?

The objective of the Icare Program (funded by the Academy of Excellence "Networks, Information, and Digital Society" and the Graduate School DS4H) is to support a number of Doctoral Fellowships in strategically important academic disciplines. Icare Program has been designed to award PhD students and their thesis directors additional money for conference travel and professional equipment.

What is the amount ?

Icare Program aid impacts a limited number of PhD cursus and represents 45.000 € in total.

The amount varies from 7.500 euros to 10.000 euros per doctoral thesis. This amount is allocated for a 3 years period (2018 - 2021) to cover travel and equipment expenses.

Who is eligible ?  

The Icare Program focuses mainly on the PhD fellowships held in research areas strategic for the Academy and the Graduate School DS4H.

The selection of the beneficiaries is coordinated by the Selection Committee of two Doctoral Schools STIC and DESPEG  together with the Steering Committee of the Academy and DS4H. 

The evaluation criteria are as follows : 

    • Threefold scientific excellence: PhD student, thesis subject, PhD advisor ; 
    • Relevance to the strategic research areas ;
    • Implication in the thesis of 2 laboratories from Université Côte d'Azur. 

PhD Fellows Support

Welcome Center

As a true point of entry to the Côte d'Azur University, the Welcome Center, a EURAXESS service center, welcomes and accompanies doctoral students, research and teaching guests at UCA in their administrative procedures. Everything is done to improve the stay of the latter: administrative help, events to facilitate insertion and make beautiful meetings, renting housing for a few months ...

Center for Doctoral Schools 

To welcome and support Ph.D. students, Université Côte d'Azur has created a Center for Doctoral Schools (Maison des Etudes Doctorales). The MED integrates the services that provide administrative support to the supervisors of doctoral students and to the College of Doctoral Studies.

Mentorship Program

You are a PhD student or a post-doc wishing to pursue a career in private industry or academia? You wish to be guided and supported when making your professional choices?

Find a Mentor in the UCA Mentorship program ! For more information, please contact

PhD Fellows Support