Doctoral missions are complementary activities that strengthen professional experience of the PhD students, while providing an additional pay (cf. arrété sur les rémunérations).
Sorts of missions
In accordance with the status of the “contrat doctoral”, there are four kinds of doctoral missions :
- Education mission : the most numerous ones.
These missions can take place in a specific department of a faculty, they may be related to scientific information (in libraries for example), or they may be related to foreign languages in the corresponding departments,…
In all cases, they represent a service of not more than 64 hours per year in classes equivalent to tutorials, only for bachelor students.
- Scientific dissemination or mediation mission :
They consist in developing an action or an event, part of a cultural program, towards a non-specialist audience, for example in associations (like Paris-Montagne), in Labex (for example First-TF), or Universcience. They represent no more than 32 days per year, including training.
- Valorization mission :
These doctoral missions concern intellectual property, technology transfer or European cooperation. They are proposed and organized by the competent authorities of universities, schools,… They represent no more than 32 days per year, including training.
- Consulting mission :
These missions in companies take many different forms depending on the needs of the company : technical, scientific or organizational advising, bibliographic study, feasibility study, training,… They represent no more than 32 days per year in the company.
Dates and application process in 2021 :
- PSL/ENS :
- ENS Mission: Teaching missions will be assigned to the ENS Physics Department. Send before June 30 a single PDF file containing the CV, a summary of the thesis subject, the name of the thesis supervisor, the host laboratory, the thesis registration institution, the organization that funds the thesis to firstname.lastname@example.org and a copy to email@example.com
- PSL/CPES Mission: Please send before (date to be announced) your application in the form of a single PDF file containing the CV, a brief summary of the thesis subject, the name of the thesis director and the host laboratory to Jean-François Allemand (firstname.lastname@example.org). The proposals are also available on ADUM.
- SU : online application (date to be announced) on the CCMD-IFD website. Verification of eligibility conditions is available on this page : https://ifd-missions.sorbonne-universite.fr/candidature/eligibilite. PhD students who started a mission this year do not have to re-register.
- UP : online application to (date to be announced), via CFDIP-USPC.
- Paris-Saclay : to (date to be announced), see the corresponding page.
- You can get a doctoral mission only if you have a doctoral contract. So you cannot benefit from a doctoral mission if you are granted by a CIFRE program, a foreign grant, a CEA-CFR grant, or a conventional "contrat à durée déterminé". On the contrary, you can apply if you are granted by an Idex, a Labex or a territorial collectivity program.
- The allocations of the missions do not depend on the doctoral school, but they depend on services like UFR, libraries, companies,... So you have to apply at your university. However, the opinion of the doctoral school can be asked for the selection, so it is strongly recommended to inform us.
- The doctoral contract is generally signed only for research. When you have a doctoral mission, a special part of the contract mentions which time is dedicated to the doctoral mission.
- These missions can be realize in others institutions than the one who employs you. In this case, a convention between the two institutions will be established.
- Generally, the institutions give priority to the PhD students that they employ, compared to external applications.