The Université de Lyon’s IADoc@UdL project was developed in response to the 2019 call for “Doctoral contracts in Artificial Intelligence” programs launched by the French National Research Agency (Agence nationale de la recherche – ANR).

It will be co-funded, with 50% of the funding coming from the ANR and 50% from the Lyon Saint-Étienne site’s institutions. The program will be divided into two campaigns, one in 2021 and the other in 2022, and will enable the launch of 11 doctoral contracts in Artificial Intelligence.

There will be two recruitment campaigns for high-level doctoral students for 2021-2024 and 2022-2025.

Each campaign consits of two phases:


A list of the theses likely to be funded by IADoc@UdL will be drawn up:

  • based on the thesis projects proposed by researchers from the site and that have been approved by the directors of their research units,
  • taking into consideration the scientific strategy objectives of the co-funding institutions and organizations, as well as the potential for inter-institutional cooperation.


he theses that will actually receive funding will be selected from the list according to the quality of the applicants.

The shortlisted thesis projects will be submitted to an open and international call for applications. A hearing panel, established with the support of the doctoral schools concerned, will submit a list of successful applicants to the UdL and the co-funding institutions/organizations for a final decision.

A call for applications is open until April 20, 2021 for the award of these 7 doctoral contracts.