PhD program

The Department of French at Dalhousie University invites applications for admission to the program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in French.

Thesis areas


  • Medieval and Early Modern literature of France; Modern and contemporary literatures of France, Quebec and Francophonie: poetry and poetics; novel; theatre; theory; art, cinema and other cultural studies.


  • Theoretical and applied linguistics through the following fields in particular: contrastive studies;  sociolinguistics; lexicology; terminology; translation; semantics; morphology; pragmatics; text linguistics; computer assisted language learning; second language acquisition.

Faculty Members available for thesis supervision
C. Elson; V. Masse; J. Milicevic; R. Mopoho; I. Oore

Faculty members

Faculty members involved in the Graduate programs

D. Aïssaoui, Licence (Maroc), DEA (Metz), PhD (Ottawa).
Seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature, autobiography  [Teaching]

C. Elson, BA, MA (Dal), Dr. de 3e cycle (Sorbonne).
Modern and contemporary literature and culture, philosophy and theory, art, music, cinema
[Teaching and thesis supervision]

V. Masse, BA, MA (Montréal), PhD (Toronto).
Medieval literature, sixteenth-century literature, contact literature, apocalyptic literature, ephemeral literature [Teaching and thesis supervision]

J. Milicevic, BA, (Belgrade), MA, PhD (Montréal).
General Linguistics (semantics & lexicology, dependancy syntax, morphology), Pedagogical Lexicography [Teaching and thesis supervision]

R. Mopoho, BA (Yaounde, Cameroon), MA, PhD (Montreal).
Linguistics, lexicology, translation studies, sociolinguistics [Teaching and thesis supervision]

I. Oore, BA (Tel-Aviv), MA (Waterloo), PhD (Western).
Quebec literature and culture [Teaching and thesis supervision]

V. Simedoh, BA, MA (Fribourg), PhD (Queen's).
Francophone literature, translation, literature and culture of Francophone minorities outside of Quebec.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

  •  an MA thesis degree in French or in Linguistics
  •  an excellent oral and written proficiency in French
  •  a scholarly interest in one of the PhD the­sis research areas

Requirements after Admission

  •  two years of Dalhousie residency
  •  24 credit hours (from the departmental offerings in the years of residency)
  •  second-language examination (normally a language other than French or English), written within two years after admis­sion
  •  preliminary and comprehensive written and oral examinations (not less than one year prior to submission of the­sis)
  • PhD thesis (normally written in French) and its oral defence

How to apply

December 15 is the deadline for submission of complete applications for applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships.

Otherwise, the application deadlines are:

for Canadian applicants: June 1st

for non-Canadian applicants: April 1st

Graduate application forms are available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies' website. They include:     

  •  Application for Admission - Guidelines
  •  Graduate Studies Application
  •  Confidential Reference Letter (two are required)

You must assemble all relevant documentation and forward as instructed (see Application for Admission: please read it carefully).

Send the following to:

Department of French
Dalhousie University
Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building

PO Box 15000

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

  • the graduate application form
  • two letters of reference in sealed/endorsed envelopes


  • your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • an abstract, in French, and one chapter of your MA thesis
  • a statement, in French, indicating in which of the thesis areas described above (section 2) you intend to conduct research

I.  Ask all your home institutions to send two official transcripts directly to the Department of French, c/o The Graduate Secretary.

II.  Send an envelope addressed to the Registrar, enclosing the top copy of the Application Form Part A and the $115.00 application fee, Canadian funds.


  •  All applicants to the doctoral program who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants must apply for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship.
  •  All applicants accepted into the program are automati­cally considered for the Dalhousie Graduate Fellowship, which is usually linked with a teaching assistantship.
  •  Exceptionally strong candidates may be nominated for the prestigious Killam Scholarship (if and only if they have previously applied for the Doctoral Fellowship of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. International candidates are also eligible for this award, and should contact the Department for details on applying).

Information on Halifax, Dalhousie, and the Department

Capital of the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada's chief Atlantic coast port. Cultural and commercial centre of the Maritime Provinces. Population of the Halifax-Dartmouth-Bedford area: approximately 500,000. Temperate climate, picturesque location and surroundings.

Dalhousie University
Founded in 1818. Student population over 15,000, with a graduate student enrolment over 3,000. The campus is located in a residential area, not far from downtown Halifax.

Department of French
Located close to the Killam Memorial Library (1,500,000 items: efficient interlibrary loan service), the Dalhousie Arts Centre, the Student Union Build­ing, and the Dalplex facility for sports and recreation. Full-time faculty of ten. Three graduate programs offered: Master of Arts (thesis program), Master of Arts (without thesis program) and the Ph.D. program. The Department publishes two international scholarly journals: Dalhousie French Studies (French and Francophone Literature and Culture), the electronic journal Belphégor (popular literature and media culture) and an annual collection of graduate students' scholarly writings Initiales/Initials. Activities include lectures, talks, international conferences on French and Francophone literary, cultural and linguistic subjects, graduate colloquia.