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PH.D: How to Apply

Do you have a calling in teaching and research? Discover the procedure for enrolling in doctoral studies.


PhD Admissions decisions are based primarily on evaluation of the applicant’s academic profile and on his or her ability to conduct research, as demonstrated by a Master’s level research dissertation that has received a grade of “Very good” or equivalent. In addition, there must be a logical connection between the candidate’s previous graduate studies and the discipline of the doctoral programme requested and the applicant must meet some specific financial pre-conditions.

How to apply

Step one: complete your application online, providing all necessary documents and recommendations. Two admissions sessions take place every year:

PhD applications are reviewed by the doctoral thesis committee, which makes recommendations to the executive committee of the School of Research (ex-Doctoral School). The President of Sciences Po, as advised by the executive committee, grants final admission to candidates put forward by the Dean of the School of Research.

Key figures

  • 5


  • 320

    PhD candidates

  • 700

    publications per year

  • 60

    theses per year

  • 270


  • 40%

    of PhD candidates are international students

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