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Internships Programme

The objective is to strengthen Inria's scientific collaborations by taking in and offering research-based training to bright students coming from partner institutions abroad.  The programme allows the intake of foreign students in Inria projects-teams for several months, with a financial support (grant) to cover their living expenses during their stay in France.

The principal recruitment channel is a targeted call during the year to support existing collaborations.

The internship period is variable:

  • 2 to 4 months for a final year project
  • 3 to 6 months for a research study as part of a Master's degree or a PhD

Targeted call

As part of existing or new collaborations between an Inria team and a foreign team, to support an Inria international programme, and under an agreement between Inria and a foreign partner, a researcher may propose to take in a Master's or PhD candidate, after selecting the latter with his partner. These intakes are possible throughout the year within the limit of the available budget.  The French co-supervisor must then submit an application online.

This application must include:

  • the research subject,
  • the presentation of the collaboration (details of how the internship supports a programme:  Associate Team/Inria International Partner  - under a cofunding agreement or an existing collaboration such as an Inria International Lab)
  • the candidate's CV
  • the terms and conditions of financing and of conducting the project for the PhD or Master's degree,
  • a recommendation letter from each supervisor
  • funding out of Inria gratification.

The researcher should not only have a candidate but there must also be an "existing collaboration".

Inria's approval is mandatory for the selection to be finalised.  This final approval as well as the allocated budget is forwarded by management to the internship Supervisor and the Human Resource Department of the research centre that will take in the student.

Specific agreements

CHILE : Agreement with 3 chilean universities (Universidad técnica Federico Santa María / Université du Chili / Pontificia Universidad de Chile)

UNITED STATES : ChateauBriand

CANADA : Mitacs

More details are available on the page "Other Collaborations" in the section "Americas":

Accessing the submission space

Submission page

Any researcher who has taken in an intern under the Internships programme undertakes to return to the EIPD an internship report which is to be used for monitoring partner institutions, the justification of the programme, and the future of the students. 


Students selected jointly by the Inria project-teams and the European and International Partnership Department will receive a monthly grant from the EIPD, the amount of which is determined by the applicable regulation. However, joint supervisors will endeavour to find other sources of financing before, with the help, where necessary, of the European and International Partnerships Department.

Joint PhDs

Foreign students registered for a joint PhD or under a joint supervision may, in connection with a targeted call for Internship, be entitled to support from the International Relations Department for the stay in France. 

Welcoming foreigners

Administrative formalities are required for entering and staying in France

It is important to plan ahead all aspects relating to the intake of foreigners to ensure that students are welcomed under the best possible conditions.  In parallel with actions aimed at facilitating the entry and stay of foreigners, it is important to ensure compliance with the authorisation procedure from the Fonctionnaire Sécurité Défense (FSD), Defence and Security Official.  This procedure must be undertaken two months before the actual date of arrival or the date of opening of the foreigner's computer account


The approval of the Defence and Security Official and Visa is required.