PhD study abroad

Sciences Po is strongly committed to promoting the integration of PhD students and postdocs in international research network. 

Doctoral Dual Degrees

Sciences Po offers three dual degrees at the doctoral level: with the International Max Planck Research School, Columbia University and Northwestern University. More information on the dual degrees.

Cambridge-Sciences Po Academic Exchanges programme (CamPo)

Sciences Po and the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge set up an academic exchange programme in 2014. CamPo is open to doctoral students and to faculty wishing to spend time to conduct individual research at the other institution. CamPo visitors are encouraged to take an active role in academic and graduate seminars at either institution. More information.

American PhD grant programme

In consequence, the Doctoral School and the Centre for the Americas at Sciences Po have established a American PhD grant programme. This programme offers research exchange opportunities at major social science research centres in several North-American universities. In turn, Sciences Po hosts American PhD students from these universities.

Research exchanges do not lead to a separate degree or diploma. The agreements with our partner universities grant research students access to a wide range of courses at various Graduate Schools, and they can also attend seminars and workshops with permission from the professors concerned. It is therefore imperative that students consult the list of courses offered and contact the professors before they arrive on campus.

Partner universities for this programme

View the details of PhD exchange agreements (PDF, 121 Kb).

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Applications must include:

  • A completed application form (Fr, PDF, 80 kb)
  • A cover letter in English explaining the reasons for the research exchange and the choice of American partner university
  • A CV in English
  • A research proposal in English (maximum 5 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation in English, including one from the thesis supervisor
  • The results of the TOEFL/IELTS (or proof of English proficiency)
  • Latest university transcript with an English translation


Applications are to be sent by email to the Centre for the Americas on January 13, 2020.

Practical information

If you are selected, you will need to inquire at the United States Embassy (consular services) as soon as possible about getting the necessary documents for a visa application.

With help from the Centre for the Americas at Sciences Po, you will also need to contact our partners as soon as possible to make sure you meet their administrative and academic deadlines (particularly for questions of insurance and housing).

As each American partner university has its own schedule, you need to check the start and end dates for courses on their website.

Visit the Prepare for your departure page for more practical information.


At the Centre for the Americas: Sylvain Quatravaux, International Affairs Manager

At the Doctoral School: Imola Streho, General Secretary

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