The possibility to perform teaching depends of the PhD studend status :

For PhD candidates who benefit from a doctoral contract WITH a mission :

Article 5 of the April 23rd decree 2009 (which was reasserted by the August 29th 2016, 2016-1173 decree) states that the contractual PhD candidate can perform an annual service consisting of one of the following activities or a combination of them for 1/6th of her/his time :

  • a teaching mission (maximum 64 hours, equivalent to tutorial classes per year)
  • a mission in one of the fields of scientific information and the enhancement of the results of scientific and technical research
  • a consultancy mission

At the beginning of each new year, the PhD candidate can apply for one of these missions. The permission for the latter is granted by the president of the university upon proposal of the director of the doctoral school, with the assent of the director of the unit and of the thesis supervisor.

These missions are granted to the PhD candidates with a scholarship in two campaigns :

  • the first campaign, which is the main one, takes place at the beginning of July after the competition for the doctoral scholarships.
  • the second campaign takes place in September but very little seats are left.

For further informations, please contact the BRED department (Pascaline Adonaï, )

PhD candidates who benefit from a doctoral contract WITHOUT a mission :

Contractual PhD students without a mission can do teaching shifts as long as they do not exceed 64 hours per year. This limitation is linked to the doctoral contract which states that the activities outside the contract should not exceed ⅙ of the effective working time of the PhD candidate (article 5 of the August 29th 2016 decree). The PhD candidates interested in these shifts should liaise with their department (UFR).

PhD Candidates WITHOUT doctoral contract and who are not employed :

These PhD candidates can do 96h EDT maximum per year during their PhD. This is the maximum amount and it can by no means not be exceeded. The PhD candidates interested in these teaching hours should liaise with their department (UFR). Under no circumstances, the funding of these teaching shifts can be used to supplement the minimum funding required to be authorized to register for a thesis or to justify funding for a 4th year of a thesis.



Decree No. 88-654 of 7 May 1988 authorizes PhD students to benefit for one year from a position of “Attachés Temporaires d’Enseignement et de Recherche” (ATER) subject to a written commitment from the thesis director of a defence within one year. However,

– PhD candidates submitting an ATER application file (even outside Université Sorbonne Paris Nord) must inform the ED management.

– the ED Council does not support ATER applications from PhD candidates enrolled in one of the first 3 years of their thesis and will systematically give an unfavourable opinion to the Academic Council of the University of Paris 13, unless unexpected loss of funding occurs. In this case, justified and reasoned information must be provided to the ED direction before the ATER application file is submitted.
In addition and in order to comply with the above decree which stipulates that ATER position is subject to a commitment for a defense within one year, an unfavorable opinion will also be given for an ATER renewal request in the absence of information from the thesis director on a firm and definitive defense date within 2 months following the request.