ParisTech-CSC PhD Program

ParisTech and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) signed in 2011 an agreement to create a PhD program in France; it was renewed in 2017, and then in 2022. Since the implementation of the program in 2013, 184 students have been admitted in the program to complete their PhD within one of the ParisTech Schools laboratories.

This program is open to highly qualified Chinese students interested in carrying on doctoral training in a ParisTech school with the CSC financial support. The awarded grants will cover a period of 36 to 48 months in France for full PhDs, with an amount of 1350€ per month and a roundtrip airfare by the most economical route.

As part of this program, students have also the possibility to complete a co-supervised PhD in collaboration between their home research group in China and their host laboratory in France. The awarded grant will cover a period of from 6 to 24 months in France for co-supervised PhDs, with an amount of 1350€ per month and a roundtrip airfare by the most economical route. One of the objectives of this program is to further develop research collaborations between ParisTech schools and partner universities and laboratories in China.

Up to 30 scholarships can be awarded within this program each year. Exceptionally, 33 were granted in 2020.

All ParisTech Grandes Écoles participate to this program: AgroParisTech, Arts et Métiers Sciences et Technologies, Chimie ParisTech - PSL, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, ESPCI Paris - PSL, Institut d’Optique Graduate School, Mines Paris - PSL. With 85 laboratories and more than 3,000 research staff, the ParisTech Grandes Écoles have enormous research potential.

Their research activity covers 12 key fields:

  • Chemistry, physical chemistry and chemical engineering
  • Computer and communication science and technology
  • Design and industrialisation
  • Economics, management and social sciences
  • Energy and processes
  • Environmental science and technology, sustainable development, geosciences
  • Life and health science and technology
  • Materials science, mechanics, fluids
  • Mathematics and their applications
  • Physics and optics
  • Planning and transport
  • Science and bioengineering for agriculture, food, and the environment

Learn more about eligibility, the application process, the PhD proposals and the calendar.

More information about research in the schools here

Watch the webinar 2022 on YouTube or Bilibili

Discover the testimonials of CSC scholars on YouTube (playlist Research in ParisTech schools) and Bilibili.


Costantino Creton, Vice-President of Research, tells us about research at ESPCI Paris - PSL (2020)

Alexandre Péry, Vice-President of Research, tells us about research at AgroParisTech (2021)

Zhihang ZHANG, PhD candidate at Chimie ParisTech - PSL (2022)

Zhidian YANG, PhD candidate at Arts et Métiers (2022)

PT-CSC PhD Zhidian YANG Arts et Métiers 2022

Chenghao XIN, PhD candidate at ESPCI Paris - PSL (2022)

TIcheng LI, PhD candidate at Arts et Métiers (2022)