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On standards or conventions specific to the higher education system in France, which differs in structure and style from the systems in other parts of the world.

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I've been called for an audition for MCF position at a place in France that has nothing to do with my research - what could be the motive behind this?

I've a PhD in pure math, with postdoctoral experience in theoretical/statistical aspects of machine learning, with over seven years of teaching experience in math in English, and currently a part time ...
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Are non-EU PhD scholarships for a non-eu student taxable in France?

I am a non-eu student. I have a PhD admission from a French university where the funding will come from an institution at my country (outside of the EU) who will pay me directly. My question is the ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in Europe about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I want to do a PhD in Europe, but I have had some difficulties in finding a suitable position. I do not believe doing a PhD ...
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How to use a transcript with wrong course names in my application

The transcript for my last year of master's contains severe errors in course names. I will need it fixed if I want to apply to PhD programs, otherwise my chances would diminish. The master program's ...
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I insulted a professor by using an anti-Semitic slur in a department seminar. How bad is this?

I am in a research group in a French university in physics (I am a 1st year PhD student) and in a seminar in my university I used a slur against an Israeli professor, Professor X. I am from an Arab ...
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Why would a post-graduate interviewer care about my knowledge regarding their school?

I was interviewed a few days ago for a master degree and the interviewer asked me questions about the degree and the school in general. Some questions were about the learning method they use, the ...
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MSCA seal of excellence

I have applied for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship and, despite receiving a grade of 90%, did not receive it. Although nothing is mentioned in the application, it turns out something called a &...
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Applying for a maître de conférence position in applied math (section 26) - is there an in person audition?

I am curious about the French academic system, specifically when one is applying for a maître de conférence position in section 26 (applied mathematics). My main question is: after gaining ...
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What exactly is the "présentation analytique" while applying for MCF (assistant professor) positions in France on Galaxie portal?

I've passed the qualification in mathematics and I'm trying to apply for some assistant professor (Maître des Conférences - MCF) positions in France, using the Galaxie portal. However, I see that ...
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Upon my request prior to a faculty application in France, I was invited to give a talk. Should I travel at their expense or better give it online?

So after a few postdocs in applied math (PhD in pure math), I'm currently outside academia with a part time teaching position in France. I'm in the process of applying to a lab in the South of France ...
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How to follow up with a prospective supervisor in such condition?

This question is an extension of my previous question:How many days should I wait for e-mail of Prospective Supervisor in this condition I e-mailed a prof in France on Jan 10 asking if he is ...
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How do Funding Opportunities in France work for Foreign PhD candidates?

I completed my masters in mathematics in 2021 and took a break to study more topics in Math before applying for PhD positions. In december, I wrote to a prof of pure math at the Aix-Marseille ...
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CNRS postdoc research position in France - no mention of application procedure and one can apply just with CV and cover letter it seems (is it true?) [closed]

I'm looking at a few CNRS postdoc positions in France, and quite strangely I don't ever see any mention of application procedure. There's an 'apply' button where one can upload the CV and cover letter,...
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How many days should I wait for e-mail of Prospective Supervisor in this condition

I am a citizen of an Asian country who e-mailed a prof in France 4 weeks ago that I am interested in discussing PhD research opportunity in Pure mathematics. He replied 2 weeks ago asking me to send ...
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How should I follow up with this professor?

I e-mailed a prof in France (Paris) on 10 Jan that my research interest align with his work and I would be willing to work for a PhD under his supervision in Pure Mathematics. I am a student living in ...
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What should I expect in PhD interview in Pure Mathematics

I am a person who completed his master's last year and now I am preparing for PhD admissions in Europe. I am from a poor country in Asia. I have 3 PhD interviews scheduled in last week of January to ...
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How much is PhD admission procedure in France different from that in UK? [duplicate]

I live in an Asian country and I have planned to apply to PhD positions in France and UK in Pure mathematics. I wrote to one professor saying that I am interested in his work and would like to work ...
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How do professors advance from 2nd to 1st class in France?

There are three classes of professors in French universities: second, first, and exceptional. I understand that within each class there are several ranks which seem to be based mostly on time since ...
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Pre-Bologna French degree

Can anyone refer me to materials to determine what a habilitation (HDR) earned in France, pre-Bologna circa 1993, would be equivalent to in the US? What would the US equivalent be for someone that ...
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How can French University (Master Coordinator) approve full-time internship that overlaps with classes for M1 student

I'm Currently a non-EU holding a Master degree in Physics and accumulating almost 2ys. of work experience. Getting closer to the EU market is hard; I was "brought" to France via a ...
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Contacting the PhD supervisor directly via his email

I have applied to a PhD student position via the lab portal (as requested) and my application statut is "Application under review" for more than month now. Is appropriate to contact the PhD ...
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Is there an age limit on applications for Maitre de Conferences?

I'm interested in pursuing a permanent, independent research position in neuroscience in France. However, I'm getting conflicting information from different researchers in the country about whether or ...
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Absence of "Pré soutenance de thèse" while applying for qualification for Maître des Conférences (MCF/MdC) positions in France - what to do instead?

I'm applying for the qualification for an Maître des Conférences (MCF/MdC) position in France in the sections 25 (mathematics) and 26 (applied mathematics), and I see that under the complementary ...
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What time of the year should I e-mail professors to enquire about PhD positions in France?

Edit: My question is not a duplicate of following question:How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in Country X? because in answer to this question nobody has answered about the system ...
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What are the rules regarding obtaining consent from subjects when publishing results related to drug testing?

I am wondering what the rules relative to consent of subjects are for publishing results related to drug testing. This recent publication by private lab researchers reports the result of drug testing ...
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What to write at "Activité en matière d'administration et autres responsabilités" while applying for 'qualification' for MCF position in France

I'm applying for an MCF (Maître des Conférences) position in France in math, where my PhD is from the US. MCF's are equivalently to tenured assistant professor in France. For interested readers, you ...
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What do professors want to see in a letter of motivation for a PhD student position in France?

I am applying to a PhD program in France and they asked for a letter of motivation. Is it okay if I repeat some of the information that is already in my resume in my letter? Do you have any tips or ...
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What is the right time of year to write to professors in France asking for PhD positions?

I am a citizen of an Asian country who completed his master's in math in June 2020. I wanted to study more topics before applying for a PhD (in one of the pure mathematics subjects) in Europe, but got ...
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Would bad grades in my master’s degree stop me from getting a PhD in a French university?

I have a master's degree in genomics and data analysis from Aix Marseille University. Unfortunately, I haven't done so well with my master's courses and have gotten bad grades all along, and my ...
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How to join PhD in Mathematics in France? [closed]

I am interested in joining a PhD program in Mathematics in France. Now I am a Master's degree student in India. My research interests include Differential Geometry (in particular, Hyperbolic Geometry)....
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Is it possible to be a postdoc at a university but get paid as a freelancer, especially in France? [duplicate]

I asked a relevant question here, but I fear that I didn't make myself very clear. I've a PhD and postdoc experiences, both in math and theoretical machine learning/manifold learning, and currently I ...
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Language of instruction in the ATER positions in France, and resource for English speaking teaching positions in France that are not postes vacataire

For ATER positions in France, is the teaching always in French or it depends on the university? I've written to one or two departmental contacts for ATER position, but they replied that the teaching ...
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What is "arrêté de nomination" in ATER application for the French universities?

I'm applying for a French university for an ATER (temporary research + teaching) position, and they're asking for a document called "arrêté de nomination". I emailed the HR but no reply yet. ...
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Is a Masters year 1 in France the equivalent of a UK Masters?

I am currently in the final year of my undergrad degree in the UK. I would love to do a year-long master's in France. I have realised their masters are two years long. Would it be worthwhile doing the ...
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On the qualification for teacher-researcher/enseignant-chercheur (MCF) positions in France and its recent abolition - what exactly does the law say?

My question is about the necessity of the qualification for teacher-researcher/enseignant-chercheur (maître de conférence- abbreviated as MCF below) positions in France and its recent abolition in ...
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Three questions on (finding) permanent positions in France

I've a few questions about permanent positions in the universities in France. P.S. if you think question # 3 deserves to be asked as a separate question, please let me know, and I'll do so. As far as ...
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In France, is it possible to research at a postdoctoral level as a freelancer, not being on a regular contract?

Perhaps this question is slightly out of scope for this page, but I still ask here. Can you work for a university/academic institution as a researcher or as a teacher, with the status of a freelancer? ...
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Should I address a "Charge de Recherche" or "Directeur de recherche" in France as "Prof."?

In France, the following are two of the main ways people get promoted in academic positions: Maître de Conférences (assistant professor whose responsibilities include teaching as well as research) -&...
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Two questions regarding submission of reference letters for INRIA postdoctoral application in France

Please let me know if this questions doesn't abide by the rules of the site and I'd be glad to take it off. In this case, I'd also appreciate if you can tell me where I should post this question to ...
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Master's studies in France and Greece (one year per country) plausibility

This might sound a bit ridiculous, but I would love to spend a year in Greece and France and I think my master's studies might be a great time for that. However, I am not sure how plausible such an ...
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Postdoc in Paris with foreign funding [closed]

I am moving to Paris for a postdoc in spring 2021 and I have received funding from Denmark for two years. I am considering whether administering the grant myself or having it administered by INSERM. I ...
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French Doctorat vs Rest of EU PhD

What's the difference between a doctorat in France and a PhD in the rest of Europe in terms of hours of work, examinations required and publications. Thanks !
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Pursuing M2 in mathematics after Masters from India

I am a master's student (5 year coursework, with a 1 year thesis) in Pure Mathematics in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata in my prefinal year. I wish to continue in ...
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Is it common for professors in France/Europe to accept students for PhD positions but ask them to arrange their own funding?

I completed master's of mathematics in Asia in June 2020. I had written to some professors for PhD positions in number theory in December 2019 . One of the professors in France said yes to me but he ...
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Equivalent of french CAPES or agrégation exam without having to teach

I am a mathematics student in a French university. But I have studied many other subjects on my own with university books. So I would like to have a diploma or an exam that proves that I have a ...
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As a double major if you do reasonably well in only the second major will it affect your chances of getting into a good grad school?

I started out as an economics major after being pushed into it by my family. However, I never had much of an interest in this subject. I was going through a very rough time in the first two years and ...
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PhD Student/Candidate distinction - European/French universities

I read an interesting topic entitled "PhD candidate vs. PhD Student". I understood that the distinction between the use of those terms is strongly linked to the structure of PhD programs in ...
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Is it a good idea to do a (cs) phd in France with a fixed topic?

For what I know, one finishes PhD with only 3 years in France which is rather efficient, but one may suffer if one's research interest gets changed in the mean time, because the thesis topic is locked ...
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French M2 research internship as a UK MSc student? [closed]

I'm planning on starting a UK MSc degree in September, but keen to get some research experience abroad. I'm wondering if anyone knows if French universities/research labs would be accepting of a ...
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Do the universities or laboratories or organizations provide housing facility during post-doctoral? [closed]

I am interested in Post-doctoral degree in mathematics in France or in general in Europe after my PhD. Do the universities or laboratories or organizations provide housing facility ? Can you suggest ...
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