Being a PhD Candidate at IRISSO

Administrative procedures

Over 370 PhD candidates preparing a thesis dissertation in Management, Economy, Law, Sociology, Political Science, Languages and Civilizations, Mathematics and Information Technologies, are hosted at the Doctoral School of Université Paris-Dauphine. The Doctoral School accompanies PhD candidates all along their doctoral training, from their registration into the PhD program to the thesis defense. Many training courses are offered by the Doctoral program in Social Sciences to PhD candidates throughout the year. The information about the registration procedures in the thesis program can be found here: Doctoral School of Université Paris-Dauphine.

Preparing the PhD at IRISSO

Over thirty PhD candidates in Sociology, Political Science and Economy are hosted at IRISSO. To prepare their thesis, not only do they benefit from their supervisors support, but also from a stimulating scientific environment. The center’s monthly seminar, the ones set-up by each IRISSO’s track and by the Doctoral School, the doctoral monthly seminar or even IRISSO’s residential seminar, are all learning and socializing spaces to scientific life. PhD candidates regularly present their work and their progress. The IRISSO provides them with two workrooms supplied with the necessary office and IT equipment to work on their doctorate and the university library gives them access with its databases and documentary resources. When possible, IRISSO covers PhD candidates’ travel and fee expenses to national and international conferences in their field.

IRISSO’s PhD graduates pursue an academic career (e.g. research/teaching; research at the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS), the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)) or join either public or private structures. Not only these include, national organizations of research and assessment (CEE, DARES, etc.), municipal and regional bodies of research and assessment (Paris City Hall, Regional Council, etc.), but also international organizations (European Union, OECD, etc.), regulatory bodies and independent administrative authorities (CNIL, CSA, etc.). Doctoral graduates in Political Science, Sociology or Management may also work as parliamentary assistants or may offer their skills to polling organizations, advocacy organizations, Think Tanks, auditing firms, or circles of opinion (ministries, firms, consulting offices). Opportunities are also offered in journalism and in public service careers.

Social Sciences Progam of the Doctoral School of Université-Paris Dauphine

PhD candidates’ scientific activities

IRISSO’s PhD candidates organize many scientific events. Since its inception in 2012, the doctoral seminar is managed, coordinated and led by PhD candidates. PhD candidates and tenured researchers meet on a monthly basis. They deepen theoretical, empirical and methodological issues related to PhD’s thesis.

PhD candidates are strongly involved in the organization of scientific events either at Université Paris-Dauphine or at others institutions. They either co-lead with academics both IRISSO’s monthly and residential seminars. They also organize colloquiums specifically related to their research question. They are encouraged to present their work at national and international conferences.

PhD candidates’ teaching activities

PhD candidates also take responsibilities for teaching Sociology, Political Science or Economy within Université Paris-Dauphine’s training program. They provide teaching to both undergraduate (L1, L2, L3) and graduate students (M1, M2). Find more about training courses here: Choosing a program

PhD candidates’ elective responsibilities

PhD candidates are actively engaged in IRISSO’s and Université Paris-Dauphine’s life and events. They fulfill many elective responsibilities within different academic bodies such as IRISSO’s Council, Doctoral School’s Council, Université Paris-Dauphine’s Scientific Council, and the Community of Universities and Institutions (ComUE) of PSL* Research University Paris.