Pierre Laffitte Thesis Prize for 2nd year PhD Candidates

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  • Research
Published on May 24, 2024 Updated on May 24, 2024

on the May 24, 2024


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Submit your application file before July 19, 2024!

Supported by the Graduate School & Research Spectrum in collaboration with the Mines Paris Foundation, the Pierre Laffitte Prize is open to all second-year doctoral students from the SFA, STIC, and SVS doctoral schools, as well as from Mines Paris in Sophia. At the conclusion of this competition, three winners will be selected. The deadline to submit applications is set for July 19, 2024!

About the Prize

The Pierre Laffitte Prize was established in honor of Professor Pierre Laffitte, a leading figure in research serving the industry. He notably served as the director of the École des Mines de Paris from 1972 to 1984.

The aim of this Prize is to recognize excellence and innovation in various areas of collaborative research with the industry. Through a rigorous scientific approach, combining expertise, creativity, and innovation, candidates are invited to demonstrate the significant, present or future impact of their work on the dynamism and modernization of the French industry.


  • The first-place winner will receive the Pierre Laffitte Prize, including the namesake medal and a cash prize of €1500.
  • The second-place winner will receive a prize of €1000.
  • The third-place winner will be awarded a prize of €500.


  • Open exclusively to second-year doctoral students.
  • Each application must be submitted individually.
  • The winner must be present at the award ceremony.
  • Each application is valid for the current year.
  • Selection is based on a dossier and an oral presentation.

Pre-selection based on detailed abstracts

Candidates must submit a dossier including:

  • a one-page CV
  • a detailed summary of their research work, up to four pages including graphs and bibliographies.
The innovative nature of the work undertaken must be emphasized, as well as the excellence of the scientific approach adopted and the major anticipated impacts on industry, the common good economy, or the environment.

The dossiers will be evaluated by a French jury composed of academic and industrial experts in various scientific fields.
Up to ten dossiers will be selected to compete in the second phase of selection.


  • Submission of abstracts: July 19, 2024
  • Selection of the 10 finalists and notification: September 6, 2024
  • Seminar day and medal presentation: October 18, 2024