2 November 2018


Paris, France.

(Paid Opportunity)



The Institute of Pasteur organizes a doctoral program in collaboration with the universities Paris-Descartes, Paris-Diderot, Pierre and Marie Curie, and Paris-Sud, for students holding a master degree or the equivalent in science, medicine and related fields delivered by a university outside of France.

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The PPU program has its primary foundations based on scientific research. Students benefit from the highest training in conducting state of the art research by mentorship, active planning and execution, and discussion of results with their Ph.D advisors and other world renowned scientists. A very dense scheduling of lectures and seminars by leading scientists, as well as congresses and workshops, are also part of the exposure to ideas and data that students will benefit on campus.

The 2018-2019 call for enrollment of students in October 2019 will be open from September 14th to November 2nd, 2018

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Biomedical Sciences.
  • Biological Sciences.
  • Medicine.
  • Related Fields.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

3 Years.

Students will be employees of the (Institut Pasteur) with a three-year working contract.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

 ​Diploma requirement:

  • 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.
  • In France, a master degree corresponds to five years of academic education
  • 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 our agreements with the doctoral schools of the Paris Universities.


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 (1st day of employment) are not eligible. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. These rules are in compliance with the mobility rules of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions of the H2020 program.

More information about Eligibility from HERE

Opportunity Cost

(Paid Opportunity)

The students will receive a gross salary of around 2.747 Euros per month. The net salary is approximately 25% less, the difference covering very comprehensive social benefits (national health care, health insurance, etc).

There is no financial support for family members.

The PPU program offers:

-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 the housing after that period. (Housing)

-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 in 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 Institute of 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.

More information about funding from HERE

How to Apply

The call for Candidates opens on 14 September 2018.

First Step: A list of host laboratories and the research projects they propose will be posted on the official website HERE on 14 September 2018

Second Step: Students interested in one or more research projects must contact the thesis advisor of the project(s), sending a CV and a letter of motivation By 2 November 2018.

Third Step: Advisors may request additional information, including reference letters and may interview some candidates by Skype. Each advisor must choose just one candidate for his/her project to present to the Admissions Committee.

Fourth Step: After the candidate is selected for a project, He/She downloads the application form from HERE and fills it out in consultation with the host laboratory.

Fifth Step: The completed application form must be submitted by the host laboratory Before 13 November 2018 ; do not send the application yourself. 

Please Note that:

  • Recommendation letters will be requested and must be sent by the authors to the PPU office (
  • Candidates are advised to contact potential host laboratories as early as possible in order to allow sufficient time for communication between the candidate and the laboratory. Since each advisor must choose only one candidate, candidates may apply to more than one laboratory. Advisors are asked to notify candidates who will not be selected as soon as possible.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are welcome but not required.
  • Selected candidates are invited for a four-day visit to the (Institut Pasteur) during February for Interview week. Travel expenses (economy fare) and housing during the interview week are paid by the PPU program.

More information about application procedure HERE

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