Mathematics, data and their applications across all areas of science

The College recognises that collaborative activities with European colleagues enable cross-border pooling of research capabilities and sharing of expertise and facilities, the opportunity to appreciate different perspectives, outputs that are typically more highly cited, as well as access to new environments for impact and exploitation of research outcomes.

Imperial - CNRS Joint PhD Programme

To support collaborative endeavours, Imperial College London (Imperial) and CNRS are launching a joint call for proposals between the two institutions in order to develop cooperation in the area of ‘Mathematics, data and their applications in all areas of science’. There is a depth of UK knowledge in data science, statistics and mathematical modelling that complements the strengths of French science and mathematics. Mathematics and statistics are at the heart of the data revolution sweeping across much of science and broadening Imperial-CNRS to include the interplay between data and physics, or engineering, medicine and life sciences, for example, allows far greater, and more rapid, scientific reach.

  • A key driver is to develop UK-France links in mathematics through supporting the CNRS-Imperial international Mathematics research laboratory Abraham De Moivre. The call also aims to expand links between mathematical and data sciences and other key scientific disciplines ( e.g the application of modern statistics or AI and machine learning to health, life sciences or engineering challenges).
  • Bids should set-out a scientific project co-led by an Imperial and CNRS PI. The projects should highlight a research plan to be underpinned by 1 PhD at Imperial and 1 PhD at CNRS ( no joint award).
  • PhD students will be expected to spend time at both the UK and French institutes over the course of the PhD (e.g 3 months), and a mobility plan should include visits to France & UK for the academic supervisors/ PIs.

Should this be of interest, Prof. Richard Craster (director of the Abraham DeMoivre Lab) is happy to discuss connections to CNRS linked to our joint mathematics lab.

Please refer to the Call document and guidance for applicants for further details of this opportunity



The funding for the PhD studentship at Imperial should come from Faculty/Department/Research Group/ External sources (e.g Centres for Doctoral Training).

£2k per annum will be provided from central University funds to support the mobility programme of the project over 3 or 4 years. Joint projects that go forward can also subsequently apply (1 page application form) to the annual Imperial-CNRS Research seed fund for an extra £7k for project costs.


Scientists from Imperial with a permanent contract

Researchers working in a CNRS unit holding an accreditation to supervise PhD students (HDR).

Application process

Imperial applicants should complete the 2 page Application Form (word) and submit to by 20 January 2020;

CNRS applicants should submit the same  Application Form (word) via the dedicated CNRS Website:


Proposals will be evaluated and ranked by an Imperial-CNRS committee according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality & originality of the project
  • Scientific merit of the teams
  • Synergy between the teams.