Admission to a PhD

The online applications for the 2021 intake are closed. 

Thesis admissions requirements


The application is available exclusively online.

Attention: You must include the following documents in your application:

  • A thesis project in PDF or Word format (5,000 words maximum). 3000 words maximum for the Doctoral programme in History, excluding bibliography, that shouldn’t exceed 20-25 titles
  • A synopsis of your thesis project (two pages) in PDF or Word format
  • Two academic recommendations
  • A CV
  • Proof of identity
  • A copy of the last completed degree (for the Doctorate in political science, highest honours on the Masters thesis is required) 
  • Transcripts
  • For the Doctoral programme in Sociology, a signed letter from a thesis supervisor authorised to supervise research at Sciences Po, indicating that he/she accepts to supervise your thesis and a letter from the laboratory director indicating that he/she accepts to host you in the laboratory. 
  • For the Doctoral programme in History, the doctoral candidate must indicate at least one potential thesis supervisor from Sciences Po’s Center for History in his or her personnal statement.


PhD applications are examined by the thesis committee, which makes recommendations to the executive committee of the Graduate School. 

Final admission is granted by Director of Sciences Po, on the recommendation of the Graduate School director based on the recommendation of the executive committee of the Graduate School.

Admission results are communicated by mail from the general secretariat of the Graduate School.

For sociology thesis candidates, auditions could potentially take place on June 28, 2021.

Register required in French for the admission in thesis


Required languages Recommended languages
Economy English (C2) French
History French (B2)  
Sociology French (B2)  
Political Science - Comparative political sociology French (B2)  
Political Science - International Relations French (B2)  
Political Science - Political theory French (B2)  
Ecole de Droit : programme doctoral - 3ème année (vous êtes titulaire d'un diplôme de Master de Droit) English (C2) French

Admissions calendar

Applicants who already hold a Master's degree, whether from France or abroad, and wish to enter a Sciences Po doctoral programme directly at the PhD level, must submit their application online on the dates indicated.


For all students entering the PhD programme at the "thesis" level, the annual fee for 2020/2021 is 385 euros, irrespective of tax residency.

Co-supervised thesis

In addition to receiving guidance from their thesis supervisor, some PhD students receive assistance from another Professor or Researcher who may be based in a different institution. 

The role of this co-supervisor must be formalised through a co-supervised thesis agreement established between the PhD student's institution and the co-supervisor if the co-supervisor works at a different institution, or between the supervisor and co-supervisor if both work at IEP Paris.

The PhD student will obtain a PhD from his/her home institution. The co-supervisors commit to following the PhD student's work and to sit on the thesis examining committee.  The thesis will explicitly state it was co-supervised and include the names and titles of the co-supervisors on the thesis cover page.  At Sciences Po the co-supervision is formalised through an exchange of letters.

Joint thesis

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