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Master Plant Sciences

SPS PhD Fellowships

SPS PhD Fellowships
The Saclay Plant Sciences network (SPS) awards up to two 3-year PhD fellowships per year.
Saclay Plant Sciences (SPS)


1) The candidates must be enrolled in courses for one of the academic degrees of the SPS perimeter, which includes the Plant Sciences M2 program.

The candidates that graduated from this teaching program in the recent years are also eligible.

2) The candidates must carry out their PhD in a research team belonging to the SPS network.

3) The future PhD supervisor must comply with the following criteria:

- The supervisor must be affiliated to one of the following three Doctoral Schools:
         > Sciences du Végétal : du gène à l’écosystème (SEVE, Plant Sciences),
         > Structure et Dynamique des Systèmes vivants (SDSV),
         > Agriculture Alimentation Biologie Environnement Santé (ABIES).

- The supervisor must comply with the criteria established by the doctoral college of the Université Paris-Saclay as well as those of the Doctoral Schools within the SPS perimeter to which he/she is attached (SEVE, ABIES or SDSV), notably concerning the maximum number of 5 PhDs being simultaneously supervised and a maximum supervision rate of 300% per HDR.

- A PhD supervisor can only apply to this call for one project and with one student applicant (1 PhD supervisor – 1 PhD project – 1 candidate)

- The PhD supervisor should have obtained their HDR or, if not, undertake to apply for an exemption allowing him/her to supervise a PhD student before having a HDR, delivered by the Université Paris-Saclay  (only allowed for one PhD project).

- Project leaders who supervise a student in an ongoing PhD funded by a SPS fellowship are not eligible.

Allocation of SPS funding will be subject to the student obtaining their M2 or DA degree (the confirmation certificate must be sent as soon as possible to and to the validation of the PhD project by the Doctoral School to which the supervisor is affiliated.

Funding of 50% of the student grant is possible if cofunding has already been acquired by the host team.

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