English version for international students (ED625)


ED 625 MAGIIE is the code name of the School of Doctoral Studies for postgraduate research in modern languages, translation and linguistics, and area studies. This includes Anglophone Studies, German Studies, European Studies, and Indian and Iranian Studies.

All students interested in pursuing doctoral research at the Sorbonne Nouvelle should first contact a potential supervisor (list here) directly to outline their research proposal, making sure you contact a specialist in your field. If the project is convincing, the potential supervisor will help you compile the full application dossier; if not, they may recommend alternative specialists. Other contact details likely to be of use are the Head of the Doctoral School Florence Baillet, the coordinator of research administration (admissions, enrolment renewal, vivas) Brigitte EL-MASRI, Bastien DOUCET for all practical administrative procedures, Didier Mocq and Manuela Stieg

International Policy at the School of Doctoral Studies ED 625

ED 625 is committed to establishing and maintaining partnerships and research networks with universities and scholars worldwide. This entails both assisting our students to undertake research missions and field-work abroad, and welcoming fellow colleagues and doctoral students here. The ED’s international adviser is Professor Claire Davison;  her intermediary role is to help promote all international activities in English which involve the School’s current and potential doctoral students, whether they are from the English-speaking world, or undertaking research in English or in the English-speaking world. Please contact her if the information you’re seeking is not to be found here.

One of her roles is to identify and ventilate information on research grants, fellowships, and other funding opportunities in the English-speaking world, and assisting the School’s doctoral students when they set up study plans abroad.  She also offers coaching and advice for students about to give papers in English at international conferences.

PhD Study and International Diplomas

While all our students who successfully complete their doctoral studies and defend their thesis at a public viva are awarded the grade of Doctor by the University, doctoral students also have the opportunity to enrol on a number of international PhD schemes.

These include:

The ‘European’ thesis Label
International Cotutelles
International Co-direction

Current cotutelle partners. Click here.

Giving your doctoral studies a more international profile

Students enrolled at the ED 625 School of Doctoral Studies can take part in a large array of research seminars and training sessions in English and a number of other languages.

We are also a partner member of a number of annual research-seminar exchange programmes;  these include an Irish Studies network, and post-graduate workshops with the Universities of Montreal and Northwestern. We also have a number of informal research-based exchanges and other activities with Anglophone universities based in Paris.

Registering for Doctoral Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle’s School of Doctoral Studies (ED 625)

Enrolment takes place at the beginning of the Autumn term, but completed application dossiers can be submitted from the end of the summer term onwards. Your dossier will be examined by an admissions commission that will judge whether your application is successful or not. Please note that there are two admissions commissions each Autumn, the first in early October, the second in late October. Beyond the final deadline of October 23, no dossier will be accepted. Putting the dossier together will take you a fair amount of time. Anyone interested in applying for admission to the doctoral school should begin making first contact the previous Spring.

During the Spring / Summer term before admission, you should make contact with a potential supervisor from this list. Please ensure you contact only the specialists in your field.

Once you have found a supervisor likely and willing to supervise your research, a first meeting (directly or via skype) will be organised. This will help establish your enrolment requirements, and draw up  a fully structured proposal, following the potential supervisor’s guidelines.

During the preparation of this research proposal, you will be able to submit the work in progress to your potential supervisor, a member of the research unit they work with for expert feedback, or the Head of School.

Once completed and approved by your potential supervisor, and after contacting the Head of School for an initial appointment (again in person or via skype) you will send your formal research proposal, along with the other mandatory documents in the registration dossier listed below, to the School of Doctoral Research ED 625.

Your enrolment application and proposal will be studied by a commission of research advisers who will formally accept or turn down your dossier. Please bear in mind the strict deadlines, and ensure you apply well in advance.  There are TWO Admissions Commissions in early October and late-October. 

The full list of documents to be included in your application is as follows  (N.B. all documents to be submitted in French):
  • The completed and signed admission application form downloadable here
  • An identity photograph, stapled to the admission form
  • The doctoral research charter signed by yourself, the supervisor and the Head of School.
  • The names and institutional affiliations of your midterm external advisers.
  • The details of your training programme
  • The study agreement
  • Your formal research proposal. This will be 5 – 10 pages long, and cover the research framework and perspective, a rapid survey of contemporary scholarship, the critical or theoretical approach proposed, the data or corpus, a provisional research calendar. If the original research proposal is in English, you must include a full translation.
  • A provisional working bibliography.
  • A fully updated  CV
  • An outlined career plan
  • A letter of motivation
  • A photocopy of your passport or current ID, with certified translation into French
  • The certificates and transcripts of your graduate and postgraduate diplomas (or formal confirmation of success if the certificate has not yet been issued.


The person to contact for all research administration for the ED 625 (admissions, enrolment renewal, vivas):
Brigitte EL-MASRI

 - Tél : +33 (0)1 55 43 09 92

The person to contact for all practical administrative procedures (registration and annual renewal of student cards):
Bastien DOUCET

 - Tél : +33 (0)1 55 43 08 97

mise à jour le 23 juin 2022