Vine & Wine Business Chair – Doctoral Award 2024


Doctoral Award - Wine and Vine Business Chair

The Vine & Wine Business Chair is held by Institut Agro, through its Foundation, associated with INRAE, the University of Montpellier, and a network of companies. The Chair offers a prize of € 2,000 to reward a PhD thesis defended in 2022 or 2023, of high scientific quality, and falling within one of its four priority axes. Applications must be sent before March 1st 2024.

The Chair is designed as a think tank gathering companies from the wine sector and Montpellier's research and education teams to carry out actions of common interest related to Training, Research and Knowledge Transfer.

The objectives of the Chair are therefore to imagine, co-construct and implement collaborative projects that integrate into the wine chain the latest advances in research and into training new know-how and new approaches, in order to meet the expectations of society (environment, health, quality).

The Chair's work is structured around four priority themes:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • Reduction of environmental impact;
  • Improvement of wine quality in response to new consumers and markets expectations;
  • Foresight, imagine futures for the sector and prepare for them.

Call for applications procedures

The three best candidates will be invited to present their thesis in front of the Strategic Orientation Committee of the Vine and Wine Business Chair. The price will be awarded by one of the chair’s entreprise, member of the KIM: Agrosud, Lallemand, or Mercier.

Eligibility criteria

  • The prize is awarded to a candidate of any nationality, having defended his PhD thesis in a French doctoral school between 1st January 2022 and 31st December 2023.
  • The research topic covered in the thesis must address one or more of the 4 priority themes of the Chair.
  • The thesis must not be confidential.

Application file

  • A note of 2 to 3 pages, written in English or in French, presenting the issues of the thesis, the work carried out and the main results
  • CV of the candidate
  • Reports of the thesis referees
  • A copy of the thesis (electronic file)
  • Applications must be sent before March 1st, 2024, only by e-mail, to the following address:

Award of the prize

The selection of the winner will be made by the Strategic Orientation Committee of the Vine & Wine Business Chair, which includes representatives of institutional members and private partners.

Six criteria will be taken into account for the selection:

  • Adresses one or more of the four priority themes of the chair
  • Quality of scientific contribution
  • Valorization of work, including publication of articles
  • Quality of the work of synthesis : ability to summarise and make accessible to a non expert
    audience the work undertaken and results achieved
  • Innovative contribution,  pushing back a frontier of science, opening up new perspectives
  • Interest of the work for the wine sector

< Back to list


L'Institut Agro Montpellier
2 place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier - France
Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00 Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00
Fax : +33 (0)4 99 61 29 00

Member of :

Founder of :