Doctoral students

CRIS' Doctoral program

Welcoming Doctoral Students

Responsible faculty member for the doctoral program at CRIS: Martin Aranguren
Research activities coordinator: Allison Rovny

Doctoral students elect a representative and an alternate to the Laboratory Council.

The Centre for Research on social InequalitieS (CRIS) is one of the host laboratories of Sciences Po's Doctoral Program in Sociology.
It is distinguished by its commitment to high-quality research training, and has pursued as a main objective since its creation in 1988: to train high-level sociologists capable of analyzing the transformations of contemporary societies.


The doctoral training offered at CRIS is distinguished by its focus on international and interdisciplinary research.

The working language of the center is English.

Participation in the weekly scientific seminar is compulsory for early-year doctoral students, and strongly encouraged in subsequent years.

All doctoral students participate actively in the life of the center, attending events and contributing to the general research environment at CRIS.

CRIS provides them with a shared workspace and logistical facilities; it supports them as much as possible in their efforts to carry out and/or promote their work; CRIS involves doctoral students in its activities and offers them the opportunity to acquire all the skills that will enable them to better integrate professionally within or outside the academic world: training, teaching and/or tutoring, participation in conferences, promotion of research, personal webpages on the Center's website.

CRIS devotes part of its budget to funding specifically reserved for doctoral students. These funds are subsidiary to those of the Research School (EDR).

Doctoral students must comply with the ministerial requirement to complete their thesis in 6 years.
They attend and participate in the weekly seminar, doctoral workshop sessions, General Assemblies and all the Centre's scientific events.
They also agree to present their research as part of CRIS activities (seminar/doctoral program) and to keep the research support team informed of their activities (travel, fieldwork, presentation of work, etc.). Like all researchers, they are bound by the rules of research ethics and scientific integrity.


Doctoral students must complete at least 90 hours of course work during their first three years. Participation in the first three seminars listed below is mandatory for students studying in the Doctoral program in sociology associated with the CRIS.

The doctoral student monitoring committees are governed by a decision of the Doctoral School Council 234 (March 23, 2022). The subject is regularly discussed by the EDR Executive Committee, which is considering possible changes (within the framework defined by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research).

The role of the CRIS is to ensure that they are organized, but it is up to the doctoral student and his/her thesis director to decide on their composition. It is strongly recommended to invite members from outside the CRIS. The doctoral supervisor is not invited to sit on the committee.

In the event of difficulty, the doctoral student is invited to discuss the matter at meetings with his or her monitoring committee (which can be called upon throughout the year), and also to approach the CRIS management team, who will initiate mediation (in conjunction with the EDR, the EDR mediator, the doctoral student head of studies at CRIS and, if necessary, the academic pole at Sciences Po). The variety of interlocutors enables us to broaden the scope of discussions on potentially sensitive subjects.


Applications for admission to doctoral studies at Sciences Po's École de la Recherche will open on October 11, 2023. The complete application must be validated no later than January 10, 2024 (admission results mid-March) or May 17, 2024 (admission results mid-July).

The timetable and admission procedures are available on the School of Research website.

Candidates applying for a place at CRIS must enclose with their application :

  • A letter signed by the member of CRIS authorized to supervise research, stating that he/she agrees to supervise your thesis.
  • A letter from the director of CRIS indicating that she accepts your integration into the laboratory.
  • Please send a CV and a draft of your thesis proposal to Linda Amrani, General Secretary of CRIS, by April 27, 2024.

Requests for support will be examined by the CRIS Laboratory Council by early May at the latest.


PhD students must attend at least 90 hours of seminars during the first three years of their thesis. Participation in the first three of the following seminars is compulsory for doctoral students in the sociology program at CRIS.

CRIS weekly scientific seminar schedule

The Doctoral seminar provides support for doctoral students by discussing their work and articles in progress. It also brings in faculty members for more epistemological sessions.
Thematic seminars offered within the framework of the doctoral school.

Other seminars: with the agreement of their thesis supervisor and the doctoral program manager, doctoral students can take courses and seminars offered by other institutions, and have them validated as part of the program.

OSC members available to be thesis directors

Martin Aranguren, Carlo Barone, Lucas Chancel, Philippe Coulangeon, Marta Dominguez-Folgueras, Emanuele Ferragina, Denis Fougère, Olivier Godechot, Angela Greulich, Sukriti Issar, Laurent Lesnard, Mirna Safi, Marco Oberti, Lidia PanicoEttore Recchi, Anne Revillard, Jen Schradie, Zachary Van Winkle, Agnès van Zanten


Carine Boutillier, administrator in charge of the Science Po's Doctoral program in sociology

For all additional information, contact Linda Amrani, Secretary-General of the CRIS.

Article updated on 16-04-2024
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