The Confédération des Jeunes Chercheurs (CJC, Young Researchers Confederation) is a French not-for-profit organisation, born on March 2nd 1996 in order to improve the situation of young researchers in France. Difficulties to find a job after the PhD was a major concern. Yet, as time went by, other subjects of interest have arisen, such as defining a unified statute for PhDs in France.
The CJC is a national structure whose members are local PhD organisations, and also a few individuals. It aims at representing young researchers (PhD, but also postdocs) at a national level. For that purpose, CJC can make suggestions on all topics concerning doctoral studies, the French research system, the higher education system, ...
If you want to know more about the situation of French PhDs in the years 2000-2001, you can read "Doctoral Studies in France, a text written for presentation at the Eurodoc 2001 conference in Sweden, or read the article we wrote for Science's Next Wave as part of the serie "The Eurodoc Exchange".
The CJC is a member of Eurodoc, the Council for Postgraduate Students and Junior Researchers in Europe.
We cannot describe all the CJC has been doing since it was born, but here are some of its main actions :
The CJC now deals with the Doctoral School issue. Since 2000, each PhD candidate has to be affiliated to a Doctoral School, a structure supposed to offer different trainings to its members during the PhD. Fields related courses or conferences are concerned, but also more general subjects such as learning a foreign language, or preparing the post-PhD time. Whats is expected from Doctoral Scools is not really clear, nor is their functionning way and the CJC has its word to say.
Our goal for the coming years is to define a unified statute for PhDs candidates. Wages, grants, or no financial support ? Three, five, ten years ? The current PhDs candidates' situations are too various and should be clarified.
The CJC was a member of PI-Net and is still in contact with the organisation.