PhD fellowships in interdisciplinary programmes in France - Programme for Early-stage Researchers in Lille (MSCA)

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PEARL stands for Programme for Early-stage Researchers in Lille. This doctoral programme coordinated by the Foundation I-SITE ULNE is intended to contribute to structuring research in and around Lille, notably by funding 30 international PhD students who will carry out research in line with the subject fields of the Graduate schools currently under construction.

PEARL will follow the "3i" of a MSC Cofund projects thanks to interdisciplinary research projects, international research placements in partner universities and intersectorial secondments in companies for the PhD students.

In this call, the programme is offering 13 prestigious PhD positions co-funded by the European Commission and the I-SITE ULNE Foundation. Only 13 positions among the 16 listed below will be funded. A web link for every PhD project will redirect you towards more detailed information.


  • Mobility rule: Applicants from all countries are eligible. However, you cannot apply if you have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies)1 in France for more than 12 months during the 3 years immediately preceding the call deadline (03/31/2018 - 03/31/2021).
  • As Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) you shall be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation (on September 1 st ), in the first four years of your research career and not have been awarded a doctoral degree yet. The four years start to count from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.
  • You must have a master’s degree or equivalent university degree (with respect to the requirements of the host institutions and the regional doctoral school) earned no more than 4 years prior to the call deadline (March 31, 2021) and in hand by the start of the PhD contract (before August, 31 2021).
  • Selected PhD students will have to move to France and own a French postal address during all the duration of the thesis.


In the framework of this doctoral programme, as fellows, you will have the opportunity to pursue your research in a dynamic environment. The students will participate in innovative training sessions, international conferences, networking sessions with fellows from different fields and weeks dedicated to exploring the opportunities offered by companies, regional authorities and associations.

Secondments with non-academic partners and/or foreign research units will be mandatory for all after-mentioned research projects.

Alongside your research activities you will be helped by the programme management team for any information and support related to your move and your stay in France.

As Marie Skłodowska Curie fellows, you will receive a net PhD salary (≈ €1,600) alongside a monthly lump sum to cover your mobility, family and travel costs (= €530).

Available PhD positions:

Deadline: 31 March 2021.

More information here