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General information on PhD program in Law

Applications for admission to the Ph.D. in Law at the University of Strasbourg will be available starting on June 1st 2019. The deadline for submission is August 29 2019.

A thesis may be written in French, English or German, upon authorization by the Director of the Doctoral School. A thesis may be written in another language only if a Joint international supervision of the thesis is concluded (joint supervision has to be undertaken as a cotutelle with a formal contract signed between the two research institutions. Applicants need a supervisor in both universities and are expected to share their time between the two institutions).

If the thesis is not written in French, the Ph. D. candidate is required to write a substantial summary (around 10%) of the thesis in French.


In order to become eligible for admission and enrol as a PhD candidate, you must first have secured funding that covers both living costs and the costs relating to the research project for the entire doctoral training period. This could be a university or governmental fellowship or another external funding source.

Please note that admission is only possible after you have documented sufficient funding to cover the costs relating to the doctoral training period, or have been appointed to a PhD fellowship.


In order to be admitted and enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School in Law at the University of Strasbourg, you must meet the following requirements and have:

  • the research proposal (10 pages)
  • an approved educational qualification (Master’s degree or equivalent) that shows your capacity to conduct legal research
  • sufficient financing for living costs and the research project
  • a supervisor who is a Professor or Maître de conférences who holds an HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) at the University of Strasbourg.
    You may consult the websites of the different research centers in law attached to the Doctoral school to find the list of possible supervisors. Then, click on the yearly of Unistra to get their e-mail addresses.
  • an approved project description of  your thesis (10 pages) developed in cooperation with your potential supervisor(s)
  • a certificate of funding (work contract, professional card, declaration on the honour for family support, credit...)

Admission is dependent on your being selected on the basis of your merits as a student, your work experience, publications and project description.

All documents must be given to the doctoral school's secretary between 1st June and 29th August 2019.


Applications are made only through the Internet, from June 1st 2018. The deadline for submission is September 30 2018.

Applicants shall send the following documents (either in French or in English) in .pdf format to the Secretariat of the Doctoral School at this address: coly@unistra.fr

  •     a detailed curriculum vitae with a list of publication (if any)
  •     a copy of your degrees with a list of courses followed during your education
  •     the address, telephone number and e-mail of your last Higher Education Institution
  •     a copy of your publication(s) (if any)
  •     a copy of your dissertation with a substantial summary in French or English if your dissertation is written in a different language
  •     a recommendation letter written by your potential Ph. D. supervisor
  •     a recommendation letter written by the Director of the Research Center where you will be conducting your research
  •     if possible, at least one recommendation letter
  •     a copy of your birth certificate

If your application is admissible (if all documents have been duly sent), you will be notified to fill in your application in the networking system.

The decision of your admission will be sent in July, September or October, depending on the date when your application will be made.


If you are admitted to the Ph. D. program (the final decision of admission is given by the President of the University of Strasbourg),please follow the procedure for administrative registration.

Training agreement

Once your administrative enrollment is completed, you will be required to enter into a Training agreement with your supervisor. The conclusion of this agreement is a requirement of French law (arrêté du 25 mai 2016). A model of Training agreement will be available soon on the Doctoral school website.

Further information

Further information may be found on the website of the University of Strasbourg.