Four PhD grants on Language, Communication and the Brain, Aix-Marseille/Avignon, France


The Center of Excellence on Brain and Language (BLRI) and the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB)  award four PhD grants (3 years) on any topic that falls within the area of language, communication, brain and modelling. The institute provides privileged and free access to fMRI and MEG facilities.

The BLRI-ILCB is located in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Marseille and regroups several research centers in linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine, computer science, and mathematics. 

Interested candidates need to find one or more PhD supervisors amongst the members of the BRLI-ILCB. Together with the supervisor(s), they would then need to write a 3-year PhD project. A priority is given to interdisciplinary co-directions and to projects that involve two different laboratories of the institute.


The application should contain:

  1. A full description of the PhD project (~ 5 pages):
    1. Title
    2. Name of the PhD supervisor(s)
    3. Short Summary
    4. Scientific context/state of the art/
    5. Objectives and hypotheses
    6. Methodology
    7. Expected results
    8. Brief statement about the relevance of the project for the BLRI/ILCB
    9. Proposed Timeline
  2. CV and master degree grades (if available)
  3. Letter of motivation
  4. One letter of recommendation or contact information of a potential referee

Deadline for submission: 11 June 2017

Pre-selection of candidates for audition: 28 June 2017
Auditions:  3-7July 2017 (international candidates might be interviewed via skype)
Start: 1 September 2017
Monthly salary: 1 685€ (1 368€ net) for a period of 3 years

Applications should be sent to:

For supplementary information contact: