Doctorate in History

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The doctoral program in history is designed to provide:

  • high-level theoretical training;
  • command of a wide range of methods;
  • knowledge of inquiry and research methods, particularly through work with a very diverse range of archive materials;
  • a strong international perspective in terms of both the references consulted and the research subjects;

The doctoral program is led by internationally renown French and foreign historians representing a variety of approaches within the discipline, and covering multiple subjects and areas. It is intellectually and institutionally affiliated with Sciences Po's Centre for History (CHSP), which hosts doctoral students.


The doctoral program in history is for students seeking careers in teaching and research as well as other fields: public service, heritage, libraries and archives, private sector, especially in the cultural and audiovisual industry, publishing, media, and national and international associations.

Skills targeted

The program in history provides excellent training in theory and methodology and seeks to develop the critical thinking skills of future researchers. Specialized courses deepen more specific areas and subjects: a wide variety of historical specialties; cutting-edge research topics; methods (statistics, images, oral history, and archives).

Programme structure 2018-2019

The PhD in History consists of two years at the Masters level and three thesis years.

The first 2 years:

The two years at the Masters level provide comprehensive training in the field to develop a high level of basic, theoretical and methodological proficiency.

  • A mandatory seminar in historiography, taught by all staff, is offered beginning in S1.
  • Specialised courses go deeper into more specific areas and subjects: a broad range of specialised fields of history; cutting-edge research themes: methods (statistics, pictures, oral history, archives…).  These courses strongly emphasize practical skills, such as presenting research in progress or implementing surveys.    
  • Besides research workshops, teaching at the Masters level uses pedagogical methods that range from reading seminars to practical workshops on all aspects of the historian's trade: present and write in English; leverage the historian's knowledge in the professional world; navigate archives and digital databases; work on a foreign country.  Some of the courses are taught in English beginning in S1.    
  • The research paper is a key component.  The subject is gradually defined during M1 through continuous interaction between the student and teaching staff.  The lighter course load in the second year leaves time for archival research and writing.  Ad hoc workshops and tutoring are offered to help guide students through these different stages.       

=> See the programme catalogues for the 2-year Masters in History

The 3 thesis years:

Admission to the PhD level is subject to approval from a panel that reviews candidates' academic record and the quality of their research paper to assess their ability to pursue this research programme.  The application process is open to both students who received their first two years of training at Sciences Po and students with Masters degrees from other French or foreign schools.  However, the admissions panel may require that students who did not receive a Masters in History from Sciences Po complete additional basic or specialty coursework prior to pursuing their doctoral research.    

Requirements for the PhD in History for students from other Masters programmes:

1) Completion of the group seminar in historiography – 24h00  (Semester 1)
2) Completion of the following coursework (96h00 in total):

=> Two mandatory specialised seminars:

  • Semester 1 (24h00): Enlightenment societies and governments in the Age of the Masses: problems and research (Jean-François Chanet, Stéphane Van Damme, Jakob Vogel)
  • Semester 3 (24h00): Historiography in motion (Nicolas Delalande – Paul-André Rosental) ð 48 mandatory hours selected from a choice of specialised seminars (24h00 each) and research workshops (12h00 each) offered in the Masters in History programme catalogue.  

 3) Dissertation under the supervision of a professor from the history department.  

The PhD in history is awarded upon completion of these three years.

Teaching staff 

Claire Andrieu, professeur des universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Hélène Bellanger, professeure agrégée
Romain Bertrand, directeur de recherche Sciences Po, Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI) 
Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, professeur des universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Emmanuel Blanchard, Historien et réalisateur de documentaires d'histoire
Alain Chatriot, Professeur des Universités à l'Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris
Nicolas Delalande, Associate Professor au Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po (CHSP)
Mario del Pero, professeur des universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Sabine Dullin, professeure des Universités à Sciences Po, 
Jean-Pierre Filiu, professeur des universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Odile Gaultier-Voituriez, conservateur à la bibliothèque de Sciences Po
Pierre Grosser, chercheur permanent au Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po (CHSP)
Gerd-Rainer Horn, professeur à Sciences Po 
Marc Lazar, professeur des universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, directeur du Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po (CHSP)
Emmanuel Laurentin, journaliste et producteur à France Culture 
Claire Lemercier, chargée de recherche au CNRS depuis 2003 à l'Institut d'histoire moderne et contemporaine, Claire Lemercier rejoint le Centre de sociologie des organisations (CSO) en septembre 2010. 
Emmanuelle Loyer, professeur des universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, directrice des études doctorales en histoire
Elissa Mailänder, professeure associée with Tenure à Sciences Po 
Pap Ndiaye, professeur des universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, directeur du Département d'Histoire 
Guillaume Piketty, professeur à Sciences Po, "Research fellow", Université d'Oxford, 2012-2014
Paul-André Rosental, professeur des universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, directeur adjoint à la recherche au Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po (CHPS)
Nicolas Rousselier, maître de conférence des Universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris 
Jean-François Sirinelli, professeur des universités à l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Jakob Vogel, professeur à Sciences Po
Claire Zalc, chargée de recherches au CNRS, à l'Institut d'Histoire moderne et contemporaine

Danièle Le Galloudec, responsable administrative du programme doctoral en Histoire

Admission en thèse

=> Consultez la rubrique Admission en 1ère année de thèse


Des aides à la mobilité sont proposées aux doctorants pour participer à des colloques et pour effectuer des travaux de terrain et des séjours d'études à l'étranger.

=> Consultez la rubrique Droits de scolarité et financements

Contacts and students reception

Directrice des études doctorales en Histoire : Emmanuelle Loyer, Professeur à Sciences Po

Responsable administrative : Danièle Le Galloudec

E-mail :
Tél. : 33 (0)1 45 49 59 23
Fax : +33 (0)1 42 22 40 26

Accueil des étudiants : Ecole Doctorale de Sciences Po - 199, boulevard Saint-Germain - 75007 Paris (3ème étage) - Bureau 326 - Du lundi au jeudi de 9h30 à 11h30 et de 14h30 à 16h30 - le vendredi de 9h30 à 12h30