Attracting and training high-quality international PhD fellows

The INSPIRE (INterdiSciPlinarity and excellence for doctoral training of International REsearchers in Paris) project at USPC, is co-funded by the European Commission (~ 4.7 M€) and USPC (~ 1.6 M€) for a period of 5 years.

The three objectives of the EU funded project INSPIRE are to:

  • attract high-quality international candidates from a wide range of countries,
  • to provide high-quality collaborations at an international level and with the non-academic sector, and
  • to improve follow-up and mentoring conditions.

Main achievements:

  • Recruitment of 60 Phd fellows (28 in 2016, 32 in 2017)
  • Set-up of a single application website for all USPC doctoral schools
  • Creation of an accompaniment for supervisors
  • Creation of an accompaniment for fellows
  • Improve our overall procedures to hire and train foreign PhD fellows.

Le projet INSPIRE (INterdiSciPlinarity and excellence for doctoral training of International REsearchers in Paris) à USPC, est co-financé par la Commission Européenne (environ 4,7M€) et par USPC (environ 1.6M€) pour une durée de 5 ans.

Why did I start a Cofund project?
“The INSPIRE project has made it possible to unite a large community within USPC around the doctorate but also to make this community visible to a large public of foreign students “.
Thomas Coudreau, Director of the INSPIRE project.
Following two successful calls for INSPIRE doctoral contracts, the action has fulfilled its principal objective to recruit 60 doctoral fellows with a strong international background: 28 doctoral fellows originate from the first call in 2016, and 32 from the second and final call, in 2017.
There will be no further calls in this action, and the project will concentrate on supporting its doctoral fellows and facilitating their professional endeavours.
Closed Calls for Applications

Dedicated website for INSPIRE coming soon: (currently under construction)

Action: COFUND (Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes)
Duration: 5 years (2015 – 2020)
Duration of PhD contract: 3 years
Budget: ~ 6.5 M€
Funder: European Commission and USPC
Project Coordinator: Professor Thomas Coudreau
Project Manager: Lavanya Premvardhan, PhD
Project Assistant: Delphine Meyer, MSc


Horizon 2020 – EU Funding
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement  No 665850.

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INSPIRE – First weekend Triple –I

INSPIRE – First weekend Triple –I

The doctoral students of the 2016 class took part, on the 15th and 16th of June 2018, in the first “Triple-I” weekend of the INSPIRE project, organized in Reims.
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Ali Hatapci, INSPIRE fellow

Ali Hatapci, INSPIRE fellow

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