The Cifre (“Industrial Agreements for Training through Research”) mechanism allows companies registered under French law to recruit a doctoral student whose research project, conducted in collaboration with a public laboratory, will lead to the defence of a thesis. Cifre agreements are financed by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovations which has entrusted their implementation to the ANRT.
Depending on its needs, every year AFD defines themes for calls for applications for Cifre PhD and finances between one and three theses a year.
The calls for applications are competitive and published online on AFD's recruitment portal.
The Cifre doctoral students financed by AFD work at AFD’s headquarters and not in foreign countries (they may carry out short missions).