Doctoral programs

General principle:

The objective of this formation is mainly open-mindedness. You need to follow 9 ECTS (i.e. approximately 90 hours) of formation before being allowed to defend your PhD. It is divided into:
  • 3 ECTS (approximately 30 hours) of "professionalizing" formation,
  • 3 ECTS (approximately 30 hours) of scientific formation,
  • and 3 ECTS free choice among the previous ones.

ED STIC recognizes all the doctoral formations offered by UCA, UNS, PSL, MINES ParisTech, Inria, CNRS... However, you must first ask permission to these institutions if you are not a member.

Some particular cases:

  • If you got a DCCE, consequently speaking French... read the French version of this web page!
  • PhD students with a CIFRE contract can, on request, be exempted from professionalizing formations since they are already largely in contact with the private professional world.
  • Formations from the EIT Doctoral Center are fully recognized up to the 9 ECTS.
  • Mentoring formation counts 15 hours in professional or scientific training
  • If you think your situation justifies a particular case, for instance if you benefit from a "cotutelle", please contact the ED STIC rapidely.


Professionalizing formations:

For UCA, they are handled by the training center of UNS (University Nice Sophia Antipolis, and for PSL refer to your ADUM account.

In addition, the professionalizing formations below are also open:

  • The formation "Thèses électroniques : dépôt et mise en ligne" (2h), at the library of the university, explains among others the main rules of intellectual property
  • Forum JD2 (at least 1 time along the 3 years): it validates 3 hours
  • Forum DECLIC (at least 1 time along the 3 years): it validates 6 hours
  • Missions for scientific culture for all PhD students and in particular for the beneficiaries of "Région PACA" fundings

Some particular cases:

  • Active organizers of forums and associations of general academic interest can obtain up to 3 ECTS on request. For instance:
    • JD2 or DECLIC forums
    • AD STIC board
  • Foreign doctoral students with a bad knowledge of the French language should consult the Service Commun en langues (SCL) (Common Language Service) but it is necessary to ask for a derogation to include this in the formation.


Scientific formations:

Many courses and training are allowed in this context. The basic principle is scientific openness and consequently a formation close to your PhD subject will not taken into account. Be imaginative!
Among recognized formations:

  • Master courses that do not belong to a specialty already obtained, nor to the field of the PhD
  • Good quality MOOCs (quality attested by your supervisor)
  • Thematic schools (ED STIC supports some of them and they offer in teturn advantageous inscription fees, specify that you belong to the ED STIC when registering)
  • Scientific seminars organized by AD STIC (+ significant bonus for the speaker!)
  • Seminars and courses for researchers, provided they are outside the specialty of the thesis (Colloquium Morgenstern is highly recommended)
  • Active organization of scientific events of general academic interest (ask the ED STIC beforehand)
  • and so on.
ED STIC does not participate in any individual funding, contact your research team or your laboratory.

Quantitative principles:
  • Formations of type 1 : thematic schools (spring schools, summer schools, ...)
    ECTS : 2 ECTS if less or equal to 3 days, 3 ECTS for more
  • Formations of type 2 : colloquium, workshop, thematic days, seminars (except if organized by your team) - with approx 6 half-days (certificates or signatures to be given to the secretariat)
    ECTS : 1
    • Colloquium Morgenstern gives 1 ECTS for 4 sessions
    • Seminars "Academy Forum Numerica" gives 1 ECTS for 4 sessions
    • Conferences or workshops related to the subject of the PhD (in particular those where the student is a speaker) are not recognized
  • Formations of type 3 : Master courses outside of your original Master domain (exams not required, just provide a certificate of attendance to the courses)
    ECTS : those of the course
    • Bachelor's degree courses (if outside IT): request for derogation
    • Master or Bachelor's degree courses outside IT that are part of a multidisciplinary thesis are exceptionally recognized
  • Formations of type 4 : formations proposed by ED STIC or partners.
    ECTS : 1 for each
  • Formations of type 5 : formations proposed by AD STIC for a total of 6 half-days, or 1 presentation by the student + 3 half-days
    ECTS : 1

Each year, indicate the formations you followed in your registration form and keep up to date until your defense your formation table (UCA) or the corresponding ADUM list (PSL).