Preparing a doctorate

SUPMICROTECH-ENSMM trains future researchers !

 Doing a doctorate at SUPMICROTECH-ENSMM offers you the assurance of studying in the largest Engineering Sciences laboratory in France !

 Science-based doctorates make it possible to train high-level scientific staff and researchers for tomorrow’s sciences and technologies. Obtaining this qualification 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 company R&D departments.

Introduction to research at FEMTO-ST

At SUPMICROTECH-ENSMM, it is possible to prepare a doctorate at FEMTO-ST, ts 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).

Enrolling for a doctorate

The 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 of which SUPMICROTECH-ENSMM is a partner.

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

The procedure

In order to prepare a doctorate at SUPMICROTECH-ENSMM in the FEMTO-ST Institute, you must start by consulting the l’institut FEMTO-ST website and that of its research departments. Then, depending on your centres of interest :

  • Contact the FEMTO-ST Institute or the research department you are interested in by contact [at] (email),


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

It is essential that you attach your CV to your email, along with a covering letter outlining your motivations and your 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..

Lastly, if your application is accepted, a dossier comprising the above-mentioned documents and your doctoral supervisor’s decision will be sent to the Council of the SPIM Doctoral School. After having examined your dossier, the Council 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).
  • Grant offered by Franche-Comté Region.
  • Grant offered by the City of Besançon.
  • CIFRE grant (industrial contract).
  • Research contract funding (European, French…).