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2020 PhD Funding Campaign

Among a lot of other possible fundings, the Information Technologies Doctoral School (ED STIC), the Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral School (ED DESPEG) and the Digital Systems for Humans Graduate school offer more than 13 PhD fundings without any topical constraints in the domains of DS4H, plus 3 thematic PhD positions (with first PhD registrations in college year 2020-2021).

  • one of them is dedicated to a transdisciplinary topic on Digital and Social Sciences
  • one of them is dedicated to a transdisciplinary topic on Digital and the environment
  • one of them is part of a call for projects from DS4H and Academy of Excellence "Networks, Information and Digital Society" combining a PhD student and a post-doctoral position. Read more about this call...

Discover our 2020 PhD Subjects

  • Attractive salary: doctoral candidates will get a gross salary of ~2380€ as monthly living allowance (please notice this amount may change according to regulatory changes that may occur between now and the beginning of the contract and throughout the contract). In addition, the fellows will get additional money for conference travel and professional equipment.
  • Excellent research environment including international-renowned laboratories with long-standing practices for leading doctoral projects.
  • Lab/industry cross-fertilization in Nice Sophia-Antipolis, the fast-paced European biggest technopark.
  • Interdisciplinary research options as cross-domain vision lies at the heart of the Digital Systems for Humans Graduate school project.
  • PhD support programs: DocWalker (mobility) and Icare (conference travel and equipment).
  • Optional courses to open to new domains (no prerequisites needed): Digital Business with SKEMA business school, Entrepreneurship, Digital IP & Law, Smart EdTechs...
  • Job'Action workshops to help boosting your career and employment.
  • Individual support from Université Côte d'Azur Welcome Center and Center for Doctoral Studies (housing, administrative procedures, child-care solutions, newcomers meetups...).
  • Active Student association DS4H ADAMS (Digital Systems for Humans Association of Doctoral and Master’s Students): academic and unifying events, after school peer learning meetings, parties…
  • ... and the world-envied French Riviera quality of life!



Please follow the procedure described below to apply to one of our PhD topics:

Subjects in Automatic Control, Signal and Image Processing, Mathematics applied to digital science, Computer science, Electronics:

  1. Identify the PhD topic you wish to apply to from the list below
  2. Fill out this online application form
  3. You will receive an automatic mail containing the address of the advisor to whom you must send your detailed CV immediately.
  4. If your application is selected, the advisor will contact you.
  5. He will then ask you for additional documents to be provided (cover letter, transcripts of your Master, recommandation letters, etc.).
  6. If your application is selected for audition, the advisor will contact you to prepare a 10-minute talk.

Subjects in Human and social sciences:

  1. Identify the PhD topic you wish to apply to from the list below
  2. Send your detailed CV directly to the supervisor whose email address is given in the table.
  3. This advisor will guide you through the selection process.

All documents in PDF format please - If you are interested in several topics, you must repeat your application for each topic.

  • A description of the chosen PhD subject
  • The candidate’s CV
  • A letter of motivation from the candidate
  • If the master is still in progress: the transcripts of at least Master 1 and the first semester of Master 2 (or equivalent) with, if available, the rankings among the master, and a scientific description of the current research internship
  • Else: the Master diploma, a complete transcript of the Master 2 or equivalent, and the dissertation with at least a summary in French or English
  • A letter of the potential PhD supervisor with commitment to supervise the candidate, a description of the knowledge (s)he has of the candidate, and why (s)he chose this candidate on this subject
  • Optionally : recommendation letters and any document likely to support the quality of the triplet

  • The web site to propose PhD subjects as well as the one to upload application files by the PhD supervisors open from March 10th
  • The web site to propose PhD subjects closes on May 4th
  • PhD supervisors must choose their candidate and upload the application folder before May 12th (then, only updates are allowed)
  • Audition of the candidate by DS4H reviewers, in presence of the potential PhD supervisor, from the the beginning of May to June 7th
  • Indicative ranking by the DS4H Scientific and Educational Council on June 8th
  • Final decision by the DS4H Steering Committee on June 9th.

2020 PhD Subjects

This list will be updated on a daily basis until May, 11th. Visit us regularly!

Maybe the subject of your dreams is not on this list?
If you wish to work on another topic, please refer to the theses' supervisors directories of
the Information Technologies Doctoral School (ED STIC) and the Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral School (ED DESPEG).
It will give you the keywords of their research and their e-mail address to contact them directly.

IDThesis DOMAIN / SubjectThesis DirectorLaboratoryCo-advisorRead more (PDF)Application
5AI and Machine Learning for Analysing Filamentous Networks in Biology from Microscopy ImagesXavier DescombesI3S/Inria Read moreApplication Form
9Système pour le contrôle des vibrations dans le bâti existantMaria Paola Santisi D'AvilaPolytechlab Read moreApplication Form
1Génération de code source efficace pour le contrôle des systèmes synchrones critiquesSid TouatiI3S/InriaFrédéric MalletRead moreApplication Form
2Weakly-supervised activity detection in untrimmed videos using deep learningFrançois BremondInria Read moreApplication Form
3Apprentissage de contraintes cachées / Learning Hidden ConstraintsJean-Charles RéginI3S Read moreApplication Form
4Pushing the limits of reading performance screening with Artificial Intelligence: Towards large-scale evaluation protocols for the Visually ImpairedPierre KornprobstInriaJean-Charles RéginRead moreApplication Form
6Optimizing newspaper design for low vision peoplePierre KornprobstInriaDorian MazauricRead moreApplication Form
7Smart Contract Languages for permissioned Blockchains & Distributed LedgersLuigi LiquoriInria Read moreApplication Form
8Seamless Integration of Heterogeneous Multi Fidelity Models into a Systems Engineering ApproachJulien DeantoniI3S/Inria Read moreApplication Form
10Semantic Resource Discovery in Internet of ThingsLuigi LiquoriI3S/InriaMarie-Agnès Peraldi-FratiRead moreApplication Form