[CLOSED CALL] COFUND DeMythif.AI | Call for thesis topics
This call is now closed, and will be renewed in September 2024.
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The European Commission has selected the COFUND DeMythif.AI project led by DATAIA for Paris Saclay University. This €3M funding will enable the co-funding of fifteen theses 2024 academic year (and a further fifteen in 2025) on the theme of "AI and uncertainty": controlling uncertainties, managing explicability, encouraging frugality, across a wide spectrum of applications in fundamental or applied sciences and engineering. These themes are deliberately open-ended to enable a broad integration of issues in and around AI within Paris Saclay.
DeMythif.AI is supported by CNRS, CEA, INRIA, INRAE and Onera, as well as IFPEN, LNE and ILLS, GIS LARTISSTE, IRT SystemX, EDF, GE Healthcare, IBM, RTE, Safran, Sanofi, SLB, startups Quantmetry, Cairnbio, LightOn and Phimeca.
Theses must be supervised by at least one member of Paris Saclay University doctoral school, and are open to all Graduate Schools and Doctoral Schools. Funding for doctoral contracts will be included in the University's calls for proposals, but it is also possible to propose co-funding by a company, or by other non-European projects.
For each selected candidate, DeMythif.AI funds a doctoral scholarship of excellence, with a salary higher than that of ministerial theses, funding for mobility (paid to the student) and for the environment (paid to the laboratory). The largest contingent of theses will be co-financed, after selection by the jury of EDs and graduate schools, but it is possible to bring in co-financing upstream. This co-financing can come from a company (contact the people in charge for details) or from a funded project (except for European projects).
Students will be high-caliber international students in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions criteria, having spent less than a year in France between January 2021 and December 2024 (for 2024 academic year), with a degree in AI, CS or science. They will be selected by a single jury, with excellence being the main criterion. During their thesis, in addition to attractive remuneration and dedicated funding, they will benefit from specific doctoral training courses and have the opportunity to spend up to three months in an external company or laboratory through the complementary activities scheme.
Subjects must be entered into ADUM, Paris Saclay University's thesis management website, before October, 25th midnight. The subject must not exceed three pages, in terms of ADUM questionnaire items from "Thematic" to "Expected results". ADUM allows the addition of a supplementary PDF, which should only include additional, non-crucial details on the topic.
The text (in English) of the topic should be attractive to potential candidates, and should also defend the topic as new and interesting to the jury, although the jury will primarily assess the merits of the candidate. Candidates may choose up to three topics in order of preference.
Specify which Master's degree is required in which discipline (Computer Science, Physics etc...). After filling in the ADUM form, please fill in the following form, in order to collect some additional information, in particular suggestions of experts who could evaluate the subject.
Academic year of 1st doctoral registration
Complete the abstract (FR/EN) and at least the objectives, context and bibliography. For scientific conditions, you can re-use or complete the following text:
“This PhD topic is participating to the Université Paris-Saclay EU COFUND DeMythif.AI program : https://www.dataia.eu/en/news/cofund-demythifai-call-thesis-topics. It is reserved to international students who have spent less than 12 months in France in the last 3 years. The candidates will be evaluated by a jury who will select 15 PhD to start in fall 2024. The successful candidates will be fully funded for 3 years, have access to specific scientific and non-scientific training, and be fully part of the Paris Saclay University AI community”.
Partner country, foreign partner institution
Indicate if necessary.
Indicate what is planned if the thesis is done with an industrial partner
Type of doctoral project funding
Select "COFUND DeMythif.AI Program"
Funding start date
October 1st, 2024
Funding end date
September 30th, 2027
Origin of funding
Indicate the possibility of co-financing that can be guaranteed from the opening of the call: company, ANR-type project or other. European funding is not eligible.
October 25th, 2023 - 00:00 (Paris time, UTC+2)
Deadline for submission of thesis topics on ADUM (presentation of scientific background, topic, host team, possible co-funding)
Collection of student applications
Selection of the best student-subject pairs
First academic year of DeMythif.AI