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Do your PhD at INRAE! See our current offers

INRAE proposes a number of PhD contracts every year. We will welcome you into our research units, where you will be closely involved in the scientific production of the Institute. PhD students, you are one of the driving forces of our research community.

Updated on 24 April 2024

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    Your research environment


    Every day, our host research teams carry out their mission of training students in and through research. You will be paid on a contract basis, most of the time in collaboration with INRAE's various public or private partners, with a regional or national scope. Funding can take several forms (INRAE PhD programmes, co-financed PhD programmes, CIFRE PhD funding, etc.).

    Subject to the conditions set by each specific contract, any person with a Master's degree (Master 2 in the French system) or equivalent, of any nationality, can apply for a PhD. You must first enrol in a doctoral school.

    Your research activity will be in line with the projects of the INRAE research unit that will temporarily host you within the institution. .


    PhD supervisors have a proven track-record on research supervision. They have the knowledge, experience, expertise and commitment to provide you with the support needed. 

    They are committed to setting aside regular time for you. Your ongoing assessment is organised around structured and regular meetings, so that you make the most of this transfer of knowledge, gradually acquire autonomy and develop innovative methods and approaches.

    You will be monitored by a PhD committee. This committee meets once a year, assesses the feasibility and relevance of your PhD proposal, monitors your progress, makes recommendations, and gives their opinion on the structure of the manuscript.

    A rewarding stage in your professional life

    INRAE considers that it is the Institute's duty to do everything it can to ensure that your time in its research units will be a valuable stage in your professional life, in terms of the skills acquired by each and every one of you, in the perspective of an open career.

    In accordance with the doctoral school and in addition to the training provided by this structure, INRAE is committed to taking into account your specific needs when developing the institution's training programme.  

    Your activity must be in line with your individual and professional project. In addition to the support offered by your doctoral school, you can benefit from INRAE's career guidance and skill development services.

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    A good work-life balance

    To favour a positive work-life balance (private, professional and community activities, etc.), INRAE can offer arrangements and services to facilitate the organisation of your work, support your family events and provide access to holidays and leisure and sports activities.

    02 January 2020

    A quality workplace

    When you join INRAE, you will benefit from excellent working conditions thanks to the Institute’s outstanding premises and facilities and its cutting-edge technological equipment.

    02 January 2020

    HR Excellence in research

    As one of the leading agricultural research organisations in Europe, INRAE counts the construction of the European Research Area and improving its attractiveness to young researchers among its top priorities. INRAE was the first French research organisation to receive the “HR Excellence in Research” label awarded by the European Commission.

    02 January 2020