Funded Ph.D. Fellowship in Science and Medicine from the Pasteur Institut in France
Pasteur Institute

Funded Ph.D. Fellowship in Science and Medicine from the Pasteur Institut in France

France 02 Nov 2020


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The Pasteur Institute is offering a Ph.D. fellowship in science, medicine, or a related field for students holding a Master degree (or equivalent) from a university outside of France and who have not worked or resided in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their recruitment.


  • Master degree or an equivalent university degree in science, medicine, or related fields delivered by a university located outside of France, by the time that the students begin the program.
  • Students holding a B.A. or a B.S. acquired after four years of academic education may be considered if they have additional laboratory experience of at least 6 months, with a written final report or a publication.
  • Students who already have begun doctoral training elsewhere and students with a master's degree obtained in France are not eligible, due to agreements of Institute with the doctoral schools of the Paris Universities.
  • The program is run in English and therefore fluency in English is required.
  • The PPU doctoral program does not have an age restriction, but most accepted candidates are 24-26 years old and start their Ph.D.within a year of finishing their M.S., a few within 3 years.
  • External funding: Candidates with external funding are eligible to enter the PPU program if the funding constitutes employment or if the funds can be allocated to the Institut Pasteur to pay the candidate’s salary. Such candidates must go through the same application procedure and be selected by the committee.
  • Students who have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the 1st day of recruitment by the PPU program are not eligible. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


  • To present a candidate to the PPU program, thesis advisors must hold an HDR (Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches) diploma.
  • The host laboratory must be located on the campus of the Institut Pasteur in Paris.
  • The research team must be affiliated with a doctoral school of the Université de Paris, the Sorbonne Université, and the Université Paris-Sud, and the advisors must not exceed the number of students allowed by their doctoral schools.
  • If there are multiple scientists holding an HDR in a host laboratory, each one can propose a project and submit an application with a prospective Ph.D. candidate. However, each advisor can supervise a PPU student at a time.

Financial Support and Benefits:

  • Students will be employees of the Institut Pasteur with a three-year working contract. 
  • The students will receive:
  • A monthly salary of 1.800 Euro comprehensive of social benefits (national health care, health insurance, etc.);
  • A “welcome bonus” of 4.000 Euro gross which will be paid at once with their first salary;
  • The reimbursement of one round-trip ticket per year (train or plane tickets in eco-class) for the country of origin.
  • There is no financial support for family members.
  • Assistance in housing. Upon arrival in France, PPU students may rent a place at the Cité Universitaire for 6 months. Additional information is provided to facilitate housing after that period.
  • 750 Euros per year per student to cover expenses related to attending international conferences or summer courses.
  • A “Tutor” is assigned to each student who together with the PPU Graduate Office acts as an advocate for the student scientific education and provides assistance in any practical matters. The tutors are usually scientists working on the campus in a different department with respect to the student-hosting laboratory.
  • Help in administrative issues, individualized or grouped professional training classes, and counseling by the Human Resources Department.- Access to all amenities at Institut Pasteur and the universities for reduced fees, including: 
    • Subsidized access to the cafeteria for lunch;
    • Conferences on the campus;
    • Sports within ASIP (Association Sportive de l’Institut Pasteur);
    • Discounts on travels;
    • Cultural tokens from the "Comité d’entreprise"; (Institut Pasteur employee benefits committee);
    • Free WiFi on the campus. Students must abide to the institut’s rules concerning internet access and use;
  • Free access to a state of the art Library facility (Médiathèque) with hundreds of scientific journals, the most extensive resources for microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology in France, and the unique World Health Organization publication repository in the country.

Please note that only students residing in Paris will benefit from the complete handling of administrative issues by the Institut Pasteur.


In addition to hands-on laboratory training, the PPU program requires attendance at several professional development training courses to enhance the student skills and complement academic training:

  • Oral presentation workshop: To teach how to communicate their results and ideas effectively. During the II° year: four classes lasting 4 hours each.
  • Journal Club: To enhance the educational experience of participants and the assimilation of scientific evidence (learning how to critically evaluate a study, reflecting upon results and draw conclusions, understanding peer review, identifying innovation and advancement, learning how to conceptualize follow-up. During the I° year: 1 x month.
  • Scientific Ethics Training courses: To learn about and discuss various ethical aspects of being a scientist ((learning ethical standards in research & science and the role of a scientist in today’s society, knowing the available resources at the Institut Pasteur in case problems arise). During the I° year: One mini-workshop with three presentations (half a day) + three group discussion sessions of one hour each.
  • French language courses: two-hour sessions per week, on campus. During the I° year.
  • Institut Pasteur international network workshop: to be informed about the main missions of the Institut Pasteur and facilitate the creation of student personal networks. During the III° year: half a day.

Interview week:

The written applications are evaluated in December. Selected candidates are invited for a four-day visit to the Institut Pasteur during February. Travel expenses (economy fare) and housing during the interview week are paid by the PPU program. During the visit, candidates:

  • Visit the host laboratory and meet its members.
  • Visit the Institut Pasteur (technical core facilities, museum, scientific library, …).
  • Meet the Dean of the PPU program, the Teaching Director of the Institut Pasteur, members of the PPU Program Office, current students, and other scientists working at the Institut Pasteur.
  • Are interviewed by Institut Pasteur scientists who are experts in the candidate’s past and future research projects and by a member of the Human Resources Department.
  • Present their Master’s degree research (results or in progress) and their Ph.D. project to the Admissions Committee which then asks questions.
  • Meet all together at luncheons and dinners with students and scientists.

The Admissions Committee examines the general scientific knowledge, the past research accomplishments, the understanding of the proposed Ph.D. project, the motivation of the student, and considers the comments and advice of other interviewers. It then chooses the students to be offered admission and those to be put on a waiting list. At least 15 places are available each year. Candidates are informed of the decisions shortly after the Interview week.

About Institut Pasteur:

The Institut Pasteur International Network is a community of research institutes, united by shared Pasteurian values and missions and working according to the specific strengths of each one and each country. All members join the Network on a voluntary basis. They have signed the Institut Pasteur International Network Cooperation Agreement and a charter of Pasteurian values. Located in 25 countries on five continents, the Institut Pasteur International Network includes 32 institutions, which are united by shared values and missions for the benefit of populations. Present in numerous endemic areas, the International Network has, time and time again demonstrated its major role as a sentinel for emerging infectious diseases.

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