Preparing a doctorate

You are considering a career in higher education or research?  SUPMICROTECH-ENSMM offers you every possibility for making your project a reality, by preparing a doctorate in your preferred discipline.

Science-based doctorates make it possible to train high-level scientific staff and researchers for tomorrow’s sciences and technologies. Obtaining a doctorate opens the doors to professions in higher education (lecturer, university professor), public-sector research (research engineer, research fellow, research director) or private-sector research in businesses (R&D departments).

With the FEMTO-ST institute

At SUPMICROTECH-ENSMM, it is possible to prepare a doctorate at FEMTO-ST (, its internationally acknowledged research institute specialised in the scientific areas of Mechanics, Micro- and Nanosciences, Time-Frequency, Optics, Energy, Computer Science and Micromechatronics and Microrobotics. The FEMTO-ST Institute is the largest laboratory in France working in the area of the Engineering Sciences (700 people).

Enrolment conditions

Enrolment for a doctorate is done at the level of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté community of establishments’ Doctoral School of Sciences for the Engineer and Microtechnology (ED SPIM: see website) of which SUPMICROTECH-ENSMM is a partner. 

You must have a Master’s degree in order to be able to enrol for a doctorate. This requirement may be waived by the Doctoral School for students who have an engineering degree. A doctorate takes three years to complete.

In practice

Consult the FEMTO-ST Institute’s website ( and those of the research departments Then, depending on your centres of interest :

  • Directly contact FEMTO-ST (email : contact [at] or the research department you are interested in (see website).


  • Consult the thesis offerings proposed at FEMTO-ST and contact the researchers proposing the thesis subjects.

In your email, send your CV + a cover letter + transcript of records

Then, if your dossier is accepted, an interview will be held either internally in the research department, or by audio or video-conference.
If the outcome is positive, a dossier including your CV + transcript of records + cover letter + opinion of the thesis director, will be sent to the SPIM Doctoral School. 
After having examined the dossier, it is the council of the SPIM Doctoral School that will notify its decision on your recruitment and enrolment for a doctorate.


There is funding associated with each proposed thesis subject. 

Different types of funding are accessible for preparing a doctorate :

  • Grant offered by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MNESER)
  • Grant offered by the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS)
  • Franche-Comté Region grant
  • Grant offered by the City of Besançon
  • CIFRE grant (industrial contract)
  • Research contract funding (European, French, etc.)