Thesis Monitoring Committee (CSI)

The Thesis Monitoring Committee  (Comité de Suivi Individuel, CSI) is mandatory for any re-registration. The CSI report must be sent to the Doctoral School before 31 October each year. The objective is to have a better follow-up of the thesis work by making sure that 1/ the objectives set at the beginning of the thesis are progressing in the right direction and 2/ that the commitments of the supervisor/doctoral student are respected (see the doctoral charter and the training agreement signed at the beginning of the thesis). In case of scientific or relational difficulties, the committee can play a role of mediation or alert to the EDCSV. In all cases, the committee's opinion is consultative.
  • The modalities of the CSI presented here are MANDATORY.
  • Official texts on doctoral training (May 2016, translation):
« Article 13 - A doctoral student's individual monitoring committee shall ensure the smooth running of the course based on the doctoral charter and the training agreement. In an interview with the doctoral student, it evaluates the conditions of his or her training and the progress of his or her research. It makes recommendations and sends a report of the interview to the director of the doctoral school, the doctoral student and the thesis director. In particular, it shall ensure the prevention of any form of conflict, discrimination or harassment.».
 « Article 11 - Enrolment shall be renewed at the beginning of each academic year by the headmaster, on the proposal of the director of the doctoral school, after consultation with the thesis director and, from the third enrolment onwards, with the doctoral student's individual monitoring committee. »


Composition of the CSI

In addition to the doctoral student, his/her thesis director (and, if applicable, the co-director or co-supervisor), the CSI is composed of three other members :

- Two members, at least one  holding the HDR (habilitation to direct research), must be external to the team, at least one of them being external to the laboratory. These external members are chosen for their expertise in the disciplinary field of the thesis project.  One of these external members is the president of the CSI.

- A third member of the jury is proposed by the doctoral student.  This person may participate in the scientific discussion and acts as the doctoral student's tutor. This person must have a permanent job of a scientific nature (researcher, teacher, technical staff, etc.) and must not have any links of interest with the thesis director (no current scientific collaboration or joint publications over the last three years).

The members of the jury must alert the Doctoral School in case of any identified problems .

The members of the CSI  undertake to respect the confidentiality of scientific (and non-scientific) information resulting from the interviews.

The composition of the CSI will be communicated to the ED by the doctoral student, for validation, before the first visit (1).

NB: It is possible that one of the members of the committee may not be accredited research supervisor (HDR) on the condition that his/her scientific expertise is recognized in the field concerned. It is also possible to have for the second CSI members different from the first one, if the research during the thesis deals with another scientific field.

The members of the CSI cannot be referees for the thesis defence but they may be examiners.

Frequency of CSI

  • The committee will meet (at least) twice if the duration of the thesis does not exceed 3 years:
  • The first visit (CSI 1) will take place during the first year of the thesis (between June and October) and the report (CR) will be required for registration in the second year (to be sent before  October  31st to the ED).
  • The second visit (CSI 2) will take place during the 2nd year (between June and October) and the CR will be required for registration in the 3rd year ( to be sent before  October 31st to the ED).
  • An additional visit will be required by the ED for registration in the 4th year of thesis (2).

Particular cases

  • A CSI will be formed and will meet at least once in cases of international co-tutorship.
  • Doctoral students in international organisations (EMBL, ESRF, ILL) who have their own CSI formula, defined by the doctoral programme of these organisations, will send a copy of their reports to the EDCSV.
  • Enrolment in the 2nd or 3rd year of the thesis will be conditional on the submission of this report.  In the case of a thesis carried out in conjunction with a professional activity, the schedule of CSI meetings will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Conduct of the CSI meetings

  • Prior to the CSI meeting, the doctoral student should send a progress report (3) a few days beforehand, allowing the external members of the CSI to familiarize themselves with the thesis topic.
  • On the day of the visit, the doctoral student will have to present the progress of his/her thesis work and the training followed during an oral presentation of at least 30 minutes followed by a discussion of at least 1 hour. This oral presentation should preferably be in English. During the second visit of the CSI, the prospects for publication (and/or patent), the professional project and the proposed timetable for the third year should be discussed.
  • This presentation and discussion will be followed by :
    - an interview between the student and the members of the CSI, without the presence of the thesis director (this phase of the CSI is indispensable);
    - an interview between the members of the CSI with the thesis director, without the presence of the doctoral student;
    - a final wrap-up interview with all parties.
  • At the end of the meeting, a report  (form for the CSI report to can be downloaded here) shall be drawn up collectively, under the responsibility of the Chairman, and forwarded to the ED by October 31st at the latest at the following address:  It is not necessary to send the original paper copy by mail. This report must indicate the committee's opinion on the progress of the thesis project, the doctoral student's mastery of his/her project, the difficulties encountered and the committee's recommendations for the continuation of the thesis. The report, signed by all members of the CSI(electronic signatures accepted), is sent by the president to EDCSV ( Each member of the CSI may send a confidential comment to the EDCSV. These reports will be taken into account and signed by the EDCSV management. They may result in a meeting with the doctoral school, should a problem be identified.

Costs related to the organisation of committee visits are the responsibility of the team and/or research unit.


EDCSV management team

(1) EDCSV may delegate a member of the board (or a representative) in the event of a problem identified in the course of the thesis.
The validation can be done by email: indicate the names, grades, HDR (or not), laboratories, and expertise of the 3 members you propose for your committee. Specify in your message your name, the name of your supervisor(s) and the name of your team/laboratory. Send this message to the ED correspondent for your laboratory (see below).
  • For doctoral students in the laboratories: DCM, DPM, CERMAV,  LIPHY, PAVAL BCI you must transmit this information for validation to 
  • For doctoral students in the laboratories:  IBS, LPCV, ESRF, EMBL, BGE, BCI BCI you must transmit this information for validation to  
  • For doctoral students in the laboratories: LCBM, SYMMES, Institut Neel, TIMC, LNCMI vous devez transmettre ces informations pour validation à
  • For doctoral students in the laboratories:  LECA, LBFA, HP2, IRSTEA, IAB, GIN vous devez transmettre ces informations pour validation à

(2)    Thesis extensions are derogatory. They must remain exceptional and must in all cases be justified and financed. Due to the pandemic, if a registration in 4th year is necessary to allow the defense of the thesis, no 3rd CSI will be requested if you defend before March 31st and your defense date and jury are submitted to the Doctoral School.

(3)    The progress report (5-10 pages) should also enable CSI members to assess the doctoral student's writing skills.