Doctorate in History


> In particular, we welcome applicants working on projects that fall within the 4 main research domains of the Center for History of Sciences Po

Our aim is to form researchers who are familiar with key historiographical issues and concepts, are capable of conducting rigorous archival research, and are willing to participate in a broad international debate and conversation. Our purpose is to develop historians, who possess both intellectual range and specialized competence: who can produce important and path-breaking research as well as teach general survey courses at the undergraduate level and in secondary schools. To help develop the necessary teaching skills, doctoral researchers normally work as supervised teaching assistants and, often, as instructors of their own courses, which are taught in French, English and other languages used in the different campuses of the Sciences Po system. In addition to research and teaching (both in universities and secondary schools), our doctoral researchers often find professional opportunities in government, higher education administration, think tanks and other non-academic research organizations, museums, cultural institutions, journalism, publishing houses and the private sector more broadly.

> Concrete examples of our young doctors placement

In order to achieve our educational objectives, we offer a variety of research seminars that students are asked to attend, and contribute to, throughout the program. A mandatory yearlong seminar is organized for first year students, whose residence in the Paris area is therefore required. Each student works closely with a main supervisor at Sciences Po; she/he can also be proposed a second supervisor, who can be based at Sciences Po or in one of our many partner institutions. This supervision provides doctoral researchers with the necessary guidance for their research, and helps them develop the confidence to work independently. We strongly encourage the conversation among doctoral researchers and faculty, and invite the two to collaborate in the organization of research seminars and various teaching activities. Each year, we invite numerous visiting professors from around the world to discuss their research. Their presence offers our doctoral researchers further possibilities to interact with a range of experts in their different fields.

The students accepted in the program – typically between 4 and 7 each year – are all granted a fully funded 3-year scholarship. Further aid at the end of the third year can be offered thanks to teaching assistantships and other forms of financial support. Completion of the program typically takes 3-5 years, depending on a variety of factors, the field of research, language requirements, and location of materials among them.

Students are encouraged to present papers at scholarly conferences, submit articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals and join scholarly networks, apply for fellowships and grants – including the many offered thanks to

our partnerships with European, American, Asian and African universities and research centers

Doctoral students can apply for the research funds the Doctoral School and the Center of History offer to offset the costs of research missions, conferences and other activities.

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How to apply?

There are two deadlines, on January 20 and May 20, the latter open also to Sciences Po’s Master students.

Before applying, candidates must contact a member of the Center for History and obtain a formal declaration of her/his willingness to supervise their research. 

This declaration, along with a 2/3-page cv and the research project must be uploaded.

Candidates should also have two referees to whom they can address a request for an academic recommendation through the Admission page. 

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The research proposal must be written in French or English; it should not exceed 3000 words (bibliography, of not more than 20-25 titles, excluded). The proposal should clearly indicate the purpose and relevance of the research, the approach and methodology, and the list of archival sources on which it will be based. A section of the proposal must explain why the candidate is applying to Sciences Po.

Selection Procedures

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, in Paris or via videoconference, in March and June, and immediately notified of the results.

The criteria applied in the selection will be the academic record of the applicant, the quality and originality of the research proposal, the potential supervision at Sciences Po, and the demonstrated availability of archival sources.

Language requirements: non-francophone candidates must have a good and certified knowledge of English (i.e.: a C1 level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference) and at least a passive knowledge of French.

Conditions of the doctoral research

All the candidates admitted to the program are offered a monthly salary for the first three years of the program . The salary is 1769 euros gross per month.

Doctoral researchers can teach up to 64h each year. Typically, in such case the salary is topped up 347,20 euros gross a month making the total salary (research and teaching) 2116,20 euros gross per month.

During the PhD, researchers can apply for various in-house and external forms of financial support.

During their first year, doctoral researchers will have to attend a series of research and historiographical seminars organized by the Center for History.

Each doctoral researcher has a supervisor but also an individual supervising committee within the Center for History.

The doctoral researchers are part of the Center for History and have desk space and privileged access to the Archives of the Center as well as to the General and Research Libraries of Sciences Po, one of the largest library in social science in continental Europe.

> Access to Sciences Po prestigious university partnership at the doctoral level (as visiting research fellows)

We look forward to welcoming you !

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