Educational program

The PPU program prepares students for an exciting and competitive career in research science, through the development of a research project and the participation to academic courses and professional development trainings. The requested duration for a PhD in France is three years.


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 students within this program are well supported by the PPU graduate office, present as advocates for the students’ scientific education and to provide assistance in any practical matters. A thesis advisory committee (TAC) follows the students’ research progress, offering guidance as needed in addition to that provided by the laboratory in which the student is working.


Academic training

Students are responsible for attending a specified number of courses dedicated to fundamental biological concepts and public health. The course work fulfills requirements set forth by the universities, usually one to two weeks per year. Multiple theoretical and practical courses are available, both at Institut Pasteur Teaching center and in Parisian universities. Students have their choice of courses to take, based on their personal backgrounds, interests and topics of research, in accordance with their host laboratory.


If appropriate for the development of their project, students will also benefit technical trainings by members of core facilities. Furthermore, working at the Institut Pasteur provides students with the opportunity to attend some of the many cutting-edge scientific seminars and participate in on-site symposia. Students are also encouraged to apply at international workshops and conferences, for which the PPU program will offer monetary support.


The Ph.D. program staff is fully committed to building a strong network within each incoming class of students, between all of students in the program as a whole as well as with students and scientists of the campus. Successful scientific research requires the exchange and discussion of ideas and the ability to work as a team. They will assist at a monthly interdisciplinary journal club.


Professional development training

Complementing academic trainings and in addition to hands-on laboratory training, the PPU program requires attendance at several professional development training courses. The latter aim to enhance the students’ skills in oral presentation (3 days). The training courses offered also cover other important aspects of the professional life, from as diverse topics such as bioethics, good laboratory practice, authorship, and clinical research (half a day). As a means to learn how to organize a symposium, students will be in charge of the organization of the annual retreat for all PPU students.


Students will benefit from intensive French language courses (two-hour sessions per week, on campus, throughout the first year). During the completion of the program, students will also be informed about the Institut Pasteur international research network and the main missions of the Institut Pasteur (workshop on "Introduction to the Institut Pasteur international network", half a day). Various other training sessions are available at both the Institut Pasteur and the Universities.



Informal meetings (3 per year) will give the students a chance to discuss with the members of the Ph.D. Program Committee and Ph.D. office on individual questions and challenges or unforeseen difficulties encountered.


Annual retreat

The students of the 2nd year are responsible for the organization of the PPU annual retreat, in collaboration with members of the graduate office. The retreat lasts three days and takes place at a rotating location outside of Paris (in very nice settings). The Ph.D. advisors and faculty members are invited and students are encouraged to invite a few scientists who are experts on the topic of the chosen theme of the year to present keynote lectures.


One presentation is dedicated to the scientist who gave his/her name to the 1st year class. In addition, all students are expected to present their projects and/or their results, making this retreat a truly interdisciplinary symposium. Furthermore, students discuss their research progresses with scientists both from within and outside of the Institut Pasteur. The goal is also to reinforce the networking among students and with other scientists.


Charter of doctoral training

The rights and responsibilities of students in the Pasteur-Paris University International Doctoral Program are described in the Charter of Doctoral Training, which all students, their advisors and the heads of their laboratories are required to sign before beginning work.  Download here.



Calendar of special events










1st year

Orientation day

Research Ethics Training

1st TAC




2nd year


Scientific communication training

2nd TAC




3rd year


3rd TAC

RIIP Workshop


Ph.D. Defense

Updated on 17/03/2016