The Theses program aims to strengthen research capacities at national level in the Agency’s fields of intervention. Since 1992, more than 1,800 students have benefited from this programme and have gone on to work as researchers in public institutions, in companies, in the service sector, or even to create their own company. Each year, around fifty thesis projects are selected (and co-financed by ADEME).

The expected thesis projects must involve a candidate, a host laboratory, a thesis director and a co-financing partner (public or private): the amount of ADEME co-financing is 50% of the doctoral student’s salary. ADEME is the doctoral student’s employer.

Exceptionally, some applications may be financed 100% by ADEME (in particular, work in the human and social sciences).

The priority research areas and questions for which thesis projects are expected for this 2022 edition are specified within the following four thematic research priorities:

  • Preservation and restoration of environments and resources in a context of climate change
  • Circular economy with a view to resilience
  • Ecological transition of energy and industrial systems for carbon neutrality
  • Ecological transition and society


The deadline for applications is 5 April 2022 at 17:00.

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