French Partners


Université Grenoble Alpes


The UGA is a leading French university, ranked 5th French University in the Shanghai ranking. It is in the top 50 of the world’s best universities in 15 disciplines, particularly in the disciplines corresponding to the PhD topics proposed within the framework of AUFRANDE (e.g. Remote Sensing, Earth Sciences, Physis). It welcomes 59,000 students, including 10,500 foreign students and 3,000 PhD students. The university employs 7800 salaried staff. The UGA develops innovative research in 73 research units, including the IGE (Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement), the Jean Kuntzmann Laboratory, and the Grenoble Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics. The research is supported by numerous national and international grants (13 Labex and 11 Equipe 124 European Research Council (ERC)), and has received 32 CNRS medals, including 1 gold medal.

Working conditions for the recruited researchers

The Université Grenoble Alpes offers a 36-months full-time work contract (with the option to extend up to a maximum of 42 months). There is a probation period of 2 months and the total working hours per week is 36h40.

Benefits include

• Access to all the necessary facilities and laboratories.
• Tuition fees exemption.
• 45 days paid holiday leave.
• Sick leave.
• Parental leave.

Conditions for PhD enrolment

To enrol in a Doctorate program you must meet the general conditions, namely that one of the following conditions must be fulfilled:
• to hold a French diploma conferring the degree of master at the end of a training programme establishing the aptitude for research;
• to hold a foreign diploma of equivalent level (obtained at the end of a training programme establishing the aptitude for research). In this case, you should request an exemption from the Master’s degree when you apply;
• benefit from the validation of prior learning as provided for by the Education Code.

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