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CNRS-L/BAU PhD Award Program 2017-2018

As part of the agreement between the National Council for Scientific Research of the Lebanese Republic (CNRS-L) and the Beirut Arab University (BAU) for the co-financing of doctoral studies, five doctoral fellowships will be awarded in 2017-2018. Download the Application File.




These awards are exclusively for Lebanese students holding a Master's degree (or equivalent) recognized as such by the two institutions (CNRS-L and BAU). Considered eligible, Lebanese applicants under the age of 30, and having 14/20 (French system) or 85/100 (American system) as overall average in the Master’s degree (or equivalent).


Selection Criteria and Priorities for 2017-2018

This year, the CNRS-L has set up a new evaluation mechanism in which all the indicators related to the candidate, the supervisor and the thesis proposal are considered. For example, the excellence of the candidate and his academic background, the expertise of the supervisor and the coherence of his research activities, as well as the subject relevance to CNRS-L priorities (see annex) and its pertinence to societal challenges, are part of these indicators. Priority will be given to proposals related to a research project funded, partially or fully, by CNRS-L (GRP, ARU, CEDRE, CNRS-AUF, etc.). On the other hand, and in harmony with CNRS-L innovation policy, applied and innovative proposals will be strongly encouraged this year.

Finally, special attention will be paid to issues of scientific ethics and integrity.

In addition to the eligibility conditions mentioned above, the CNRS-L Doctoral Fellowships are subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The CNRS-L fellow can’t engage in any paid work and can’t receive an additional grant from any other source than the CNRS-L / BAU agreement.
  2. At the results announcement, the candidate must declare his intention to accept or refuse the scholarship, and this by an official letter addressed to the CNRS-L. In the case of refuse, the candidate must state the reasons behind his decision.
  3. The beneficiary of the fellowship must clearly and explicitly mention his funding program (CNRS-L/BAU) in all scientific publications and contributions related to the PhD work (articles, oral presentations, Posters, and proceedings, etc.).
  4. If these restrictions not respected, the scholarship is stopped and the fellow agrees to reimburse all the funds he has already received from the CNRS-L.

It should be noted that in order to obtain the CNRS-L / BAU fellowship, the candidate must be a fully devoted to his thesis work.

Contents of the Application File:


  • Application file with original signatures
  • Identity card (civil register-إخراج قيد فردي)
  • ID photo (صورة شمسية)
  • Curriculum Vitae; Copy of Baccalaureate & University Degrees; Transcript of grades
  • Applicant’s Letter of Intent (attach to application)
  • Two letters of recommendation (attach to application)
  • Publications by applicant (if any; attach copies to application)
  • Doctoral admission
  • Ethical issues table


The application and documents listed above must be submitted to the Faculty Registrar.

Electronic version to be sent to: [email protected]

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 30, 2017.


Annex: priorities for 2017-2018

Cultural heritage

  • Archaeology
  • Protection, conservation and restoration of artifacts and ancient manuscripts
  • Archaeometry

Arabic language and History

  • Arabic linguistics, dynamism, and history
  • Cognitive linguistics (in Arabic)
  • History of Science in Arabic civilization
  • Arabization of softwares

Sociology and political science

  • Migration sociology
  • Conflict resolution and Post-conflict societies
  • Gender and feminist studies
  • Gender diversity
  • Ethics in media coverage of conflicts (conventional and social medias)

Business, Economics and Finance

  • Entrepreneurial University and innovation
  • Economy of conflict areas
  • Lebanon as potential destination for offshoring
  • Actuarial science and Financial risk management
  • Mathematical and computer modeling applied to finance and economy
  • Business information decision systems
  • International finance and emerging markets
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate governance
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Digital marketing
  • Internal and external control
  • Consumer behavior
  • Enhancing work conditions
  • Asset pricing, risk management and volatility modeling
  • Banking policies in the MENA region

Environment, natural resources

  • Valorization of Lebanese coastal zones
  • Petroleum studies
  • Sustainable water management
  • Renewable energy
  • Biodiversity and speciation
  • Mitigation & management of natural risks
  • Sociology of risk
  • Air quality
  • Urban planning in the age of climate change
  • Environmental law

Agriculture and food

  • Challenges of agricultural activities
  • Food Security
  • Food safety & food industry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Pest and Alien species

Medical sciences

  • Addictive Diseases
  • Cancer Research
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Clinical pharmacology. Pharmacy
  • Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Radiotherapy
  • Diseases of Bones and Joints
  • Endocrinology
  • Geriatrics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Mental Disorders, Psychosomatic Diseases
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Methods of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurophysiology and Brain Research.
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Ethics in medicine and medical research

Basic science

  • Theoretical & Particle physics
  • Peaceful use of nuclear energy and technics
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Green chemistry
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Architecture and Design
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Ergonomy
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Modern Imaging and vision
  • Mechanical Engineering

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