Doctoral College

Doctoral College

A single college bringing together 32 Doctoral Schools

USPC is engaged in an ambitious doctoral policy involving all its member institutions.
Thanks to its 32 doctoral schools, every year, USPC gives more than 5.500 PhD students the possibility to train and learn through research across all the main disciplines :
Literature, Languages, Art, Humanities, Social Sciences, Civilisations, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, IT, Engineering, Earth and Space Sciences, Sports, Law, Economy, Management, Political Sciences, Information and Communication Sciences, Life Sciences, Public Health.
USPC is engaged in an ambitious doctoral policy involving all its member institutions. USPC favours the creation of multidisciplinary courses mixing students from it’s member institutions.
Thanks to fundings of specific doctoral contracts it promotes also innovative interdisciplinary PhD research projects involving different teams of USPC institutions.
The College of Doctoral Schools helps  strengthen the internationalisation of PhD training and education by the attribution of PhD contracts,in particular through co-funding with the European programme COFUND, making mobility easier for both incoming and outgoing students.
Every year, USPC funds a total of 20% of the PhD contracts attributed by USPC’s doctoral schools.
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Thomas Coudreau, Doctoral College Director © Frédéric Poletti

In addition, USPC pays great attention to careers support and, thanks to it’s Doctoral Center for Professional Development and Career Training (CFDip), offers all PhD students a large choice of practical and interdisciplinary training courses to contribute to the development of professional skills  as well as to prepare them for their future job search.

Finally, as of 2015, the 1,100 doctors who graduate from USPC every year (10% of the doctors awarded diplomas in France) are awarded the USPC Doctoral diploma.
As a shared structure of USPC, the Doctoral College has in charge all these services with the aim of offering a doctoral education to the highest standard, contributing fo find and attract highly talented Master’s students and provide them the best possible doctoral education.


  • Make the doctorate the first degree awarded by USPC
  • Develop the training of doctoral candidates to facilitate their professional integration and career development
  • Change the map of doctoral schools when they are renewed to offer a more coherent and visible offer at site level
  • Promote the convergence of practices between doctoral schools, for example in the recruitment and reception of doctoral students
  • Opening up doctoral schools through the internationalization of recruitment or the development of dual-culture doctorates.
  • Increase the number of doctoral contracts to reduce the number of unfunded doctoral students and the duration of theses


Main results

The CED has made possible:

  • a joint implementation of the new decree on doctoral training (25 May 2016) and the sharing of good practices through a theses charter
  • offer, through its training centre, the CFDip, a wide range of vocational training courses and actions to prepare for the pursuit of a career after the doctorate (up to 210 offered courses in 2015-16 for close to 2000 Phd candidates)
  • coordinate, in conjunction with the other Comues d’ Île-de-France and the Ministry, investigations into the employment status of doctors
  • pilote the deployment of a management tool common to all stakeholders in doctoral training called AMETHIS
  • led the reconfiguration of doctoral schools
  • proposed a new repartition of doctoral contracts.

After a first wave of successful EUR projects that it will accompany, the CED will also play a role in the preparation of the future proposals.


  • It is the contact service and the privileged actor for international calls for projects (INSPIRE, China Scholarship Council).
  • Within the framework of the Idex, USPC also awarded 48 international doctoral contracts in 2014 and 2015, anticipating the calls made under the INSPIRE project and 30 “double culture” doctoral contracts intended to finance projects carried out by two teams from two different doctoral schools.

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Board of the Doctoral College

  • Thomas Coudreau, CED director
  • Samuel Bottani, CED deputy director
  • Dan Savatovsky, director of the doctoral school ED 268, langages et langues, Sorbonne Nouvelle representative
  • Marc Delpech, director of the doctoral school ED 562, Bio Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris Descartes representative
  • Fernando Rodrigues Lima, directeur du service de formation doctorale, Paris Diderot representative
  • Gilles Brougère, director of the doctoral school ED 493, Erasme, Paris 13 representative
  • Stéphane Sawas, director of the doctoral school ED 265, Langues, littératures et sociétés du monde, INALCO representative
  • Pierre François, director of the doctoral school ED 234, Sciences Po, Sciences Po representative
  • Judith Mueller, EHESP Doctoral Network representative
  • Clément Narteau, deputy director of the doctoral school ED 560, Sciences de la Terre, de l’Environnement, Sciences de l’Univers Paris, Institut Physique du Globe (IPGP) representative