The INSTN, Institut national des sciences et techniques nucléaires (National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology) is a public higher education institution administered by the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission) under the joint authority of the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs.
  • 49 PhDs
  • 1900 Students
  • Public Institution Type



The INSTN was established in 1956 to train engineers, researchers and technicians tasked with implementing the French civil nuclear development programme which was introduced in the 1950’s.For 60 years now, its mission has been to transmit knowledge and know-how developed by the CEA and its industrial partners and thereby support the growth of the nuclear industry.


The INSTN delivers highly specialised academic and continuing education programmes focused on nuclear sciences and techniques used in the energy and health sectors.

PhD Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (35)
Engineering & Technology (12)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (6)
Medicine & Health (3)
  • National Institut of Nuclear Sciences and Engineering
  • National Institut of Nuclear Sciences and Engineering
  • National Institut of Nuclear Sciences and Engineering
Computer Science & IT (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at CEA/INSTN!


Student services

On the Saclay site, the INSTN has:

  • 20 - 120 seat classrooms,
  • an amphitheatre (310 seats),
  • a 40-seat video room,
  • teaching facilities: an immersive 3D room, practical work laboratories, pressurised water reactor simulators, radiation protection training platforms, etc.,
  • computer rooms with 19 - 25 seats,
  • a telepresence room.

Housing services

The Science-Accueil Association (Orsay) deals with accommodation requests from INSTN students.

Student Life

Campus life

All classrooms are air-conditioned and fitted with video-projectors and computers.The INSTN has Wifi hotspots at Saclay and Cadarache. User names and passwords can be obtained upon request from the teaching assistants.Some platforms used or visited as part of the course (experimental reactors, critical models, accelerators, etc.) are located within the confines of the CEA centres.

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