Admission to the doctoral program of ISAE-SUPAERO is awarded by the institute on proposal and after favorable opinion of the doctoral school. The candidate must hold a national Master’s degree or another diploma conferring the Master’s degree, following a training course or professional experience demonstrating his/her ability to research.


The application form, which is common to all institutions of the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées and to all doctoral schools in Toulouse, is available on the websites of the doctoral schools. Briefly stated, candidates will have to fulfill the following prerequisites

- hold a national Master’s degree or any other degree conferring the Master’s degree. By way of derogation, persons who have carried out studies of an equivalent level or benefiting from the validation of prior experience may be enrolled in a doctorate.
- demonstrate a research aptitude acquired during the training course or during a professional experience.
- provide a three-year funding guarantee for the doctoral project, through doctoral contracts, scholarships or industrial funding (eg Cifre)

The application file is examined by the doctoral school in which the thesis is envisaged and by ISAE-SUPAERO doctoral committee. The latter shall issue the registration authorization, after proposal of the director of the doctoral school.

The academic year begins on October 1 and the doctoral committee of ISAE-SUPAERO meets 2 or 3 times a year: end of June-beginning of July, 2nd half of September and beginning of November if necessary. The application must be submitted to ISAE-SUPAERO no later than 10 days before the meeting of the commission.

Registration and Renewal of Registrations

Candidates admitted to the 1st year of thesis at ISAE-SUPAERO complete the registration formalities at the beginning of October.

Enrollment is renewed at the beginning of each academic year by the director of the institute, following a proposal by the director of the doctoral school, after obtaining the opinion of the thesis supervisor and, from the third enrollment, the doctoral student’s individual follow-up committee. To do this, the doctoral students fill in the registration renewal form available on the websites of the doctoral schools. This form must be submitted, signed by the thesis supervisor (and possibly the co-supervisor of the thesis) and by the director of the research unit in which the thesis is prepared, to the doctoral Registration by June 30th by doctoral candidates who must enroll at the beginning of the second or third year, before 5th September by doctoral students who must enroll in the 4th year or more by way of derogation. A new registration is required for all PhD students whose thesis defense is not scheduled before September 30th.

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