All terms of the thesis defense are described on the web pages of the Doctoral Training Office (SFD).
Please respect the procedures and deadlines. In particular:
1. The constitution of the committee, in general, and the choice of reporters, in particular, must be approved by the ED. To this end, your committee proposal should be sent by e-mail to the Deputy Director of the ED at least ten weeks before the scheduled date of defense, and in any case before sending the manuscript to reporters.
2. The reporters of the thesis must send their reports electronically to the Deputy Director of the ED, and send a printed copy with original signature to the secretary of the ED at Paris Diderot. Electronic reports must be received at least three weeks before the defense.
3. At least five weeks before the defense, you must send your manuscript to the library of university Paris Diderot (as explained here). Be carefull to fulfill the constraints on the format of the manuscript. This step is compulsory. If you do not send your manuscript in proper format to the library at least 5 weeks before the defense, you will not be allowed to defend.
4. At least three weeks before the defense the form "proposed committee" (downloadable from the website of the SFD) must be completed and filed with the secretary of the ED at Paris Diderot, where it will be signed by the Deputy Director of the ED and sent to the IED.
Concerning the constitution of the committee, the rules are as follows:
- it must comprise at least four and at most eight members (appart from invited members);
- it must comprise at least one woman;
- the French reporters must hold an HDR;
- the two reporters should be external to Sorbonne Paris Cité and to the ED (that is to say, not on the list of supervisors), and must not have published with the student or with his thesis advisor(s) for the last five years;
- at least half the members (appart from invited members) must be external to Sorbonne Paris Cité, to the ED (that is to say, not on the list of supervisors), and to the laboratory where the thesis was conducted; are also considered as internal the collaborators of the PhD advisor(s), i.e. those having co-published with them for the last five years;
- when there are two PhD co-advisors, one of the advisors shall be an invited member of the jury;
- at least half of the committee members must be of rank A (full professor or equivalent);
- the presence on the committee of someone representing UPD (a professor or associate professor in UPD or a scientist from a laboratory of UPD, holding his "habilitation à diriger des recherches") is mandatory;
- anyone who has published with the student, appart from his advisors, cannot be a member of the jury, but he can be invited.