PhD exchange programme

As part of its internationalization plan, Sciences Po encourages the immersion of its doctorate and post-doctorate students in international research networks.

Sciences Po’s Doctoral School and its Center for the Americas have developed a grant for doctorate and post-doctorate students wishing to pursue research under an exchange programme with the United States. Through this programme, our students are sent every year to the great social science research centers of our North American partner universities, while we welcome their students in turn.

All research within this programme is not for credit. You will however be given (with the permission of its relevant professors) access to a wide range of courses, seminars, and workshops offered in the different graduate schools. 

It is thus imperative that you consult the course offerings of your chosen partner university and to contact its professors before your arrival on campus.

Partner Universities


The University of California, Berkeley
The University of Chicago
Columbia University
Harvard University 
Northwestern University
Princeton University
Tufts University
Yale University

Please, consult the details of agreements : university, departments, admission procedure.


Candidate Application


Your application must consist of:


  • Application form (fr)

  • Cover letter in English containing the reasons for your research abroad and your choice of American partner university

  • CV in English

  • Research project in English (5 pages maximum)

  • 2 letters of recommendation in English, one of which must be written by your thesis director

  • TOEFL result (or any other evidence of your English level)

  • Your last transcript and its translation in English




For the selection process :
Please send your application to

For practical matters :

If you are selected, obtain information as soon as possible on the documents necessary to obtain a visa from the American Embassy (Consulate Services).
For the organization of your trip :

With support from the Centre for the Americas, we advise you to contact our partner universities as soon as possible to allow time for administrative and academic delays (particularly for insurance and housing issues).
Academic calendar :

Each American partner university has its own academic calendar; therefore, we advise you to go to their websites to find the start and end dates of their academic terms.



  • At the Center for the Americas

Agueda Perez Munoz, Director

Sandrine Lacorne, Administrative assistant

  • At the Doctoral School

Ivan Manokha, Secretary General


International students


Each year, the Doctoral school welcomes students from partner universities for a one-year exchange programme. These students are offered full-time student status at Sciences Po, free computer and library access, and the opportunity to work under the supervision of a distinguished personal advisor designated according to their field of research. They also have access to a personal office space.

Graduate students can also have the opportunity to teach seminar classes at the undergraduate level, in French, in English and sometimes in some other language.

 All exchange students are also invited to take part of the Centre for the America’s various academic events (lectures, luncheon seminars, debates, conferences), as well as those organized by other research centres at Sciences Po.


To apply to the Doctoral Exchange Programme at Sciences Po, please contact the international office of your home university.