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Doctoral training programs

Throughout their PhD, students at the Université de Lyon can benefit from a wide range of training programs.

Discipline-specific training programs are offered by the doctoral school, scientific training programs provided by their institution and laboratory, and interdisciplinary vocational training offered by the Université de Lyon.

Interdisciplinary vocational training

These programs aim to provide useful skills required to work as a young researcher and pursue your career, both in the academic and outside world.
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How to enroll

  • You must be a PhD student at the Université de Lyon and have an account on the SIGED management site for doctoral studies.
  • If you are not a PhD student at the Université de Lyon, but you work in a laboratory or a company in Lyon, you can request to undertake a training program by sending an email to sos.siged@universite-lyon.fr.
  • View the training programs on this page or directly on SIGED in the "Catalogue of training programs".
  • Enrollment must be carried out on SIGED and is only possible whilst there are still spaces available.
  • As a general rule, enrollment opens 2 months before the start of the training program and closes 2 weeks before.
  • For selective training programs, enrollments will only be accepted after the application files have been examined (CV, cover letter, etc.)
Interdisciplinary training programs are funded by the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and IDEX.

2018-2019 training catalog

A.Skills for your PhD


Good to know

  • Do not wait until your final year to undertake a training program
  • You may take more modules than the amount requested by your doctoral school, but they must not exceed 40 hours per year.
  • For each training program you undertake, you will receive a certificate detailing the number of hours spent on the program, provided that you have attended at least 2/3 of the training program.
  • The certificate is available from your SIGED account, under the "Mes formations" ("My training programs") tab. To access it, you must first answer a short evaluation questionnaire.

My Thesis in 180 Seconds

My Thesis in 180 Seconds invites PhD students to present their research topic in simple terms to a jury made up of researchers, journalists and representatives from the CPU and CNRS, as well as a diverse non-specialist audience. Each PhD student must present their research project in three minutes in a clear and concise, yet convincing manner.
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