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Habilitation to Conduct Research (HDR)

The HDR diploma is a recognition of the highest level of qualification in the French academic system.

The habilitation to conduct research (HDR) is a higher education qualification, which can notably be obtained after a PhD. It is the highest of the French diplomas.
It certifies the:

  • high scientific level of the candidate
  • originality of his approach in a field of science
  • ability to master a research strategy in a sufficiently broad field of science or technology
  • ability to mentor young researchers.

The HDR allows you to become a thesis director or rapporteur, as well as to apply for a job as a university teacher.
Obtaining an HDR is subject to a presentation of the research work.

See the application procedure

See also

Arrêté du 23 novembre 1988 relatif à l’habilitation à diriger des recherches Modifié par les arrêtés des 13 février 1992, 13 juillet 1995 et 25 avril 2002