Institut Pasteur International Network Doctoral Program

Each year the Institut Pasteur Department of International Affairs allocates funding to promote and aid completion of doctoral theses for both French and foreign scientists in institutes of the Institut Pasteur International Network located outside mainland France.


Funding for completion of a doctoral thesis within the Institut Pasteur International Network : Calmette and Yersin program


The Institut Pasteur Department of International Affairs allocates funding (twice yearly) to promote and aid completion of doctoral theses for both French and foreign scientists in institutes of the Institut Pasteur International Network located outside mainland France.


The research topic can be related to any theme developed in laboratories at International Network institutes, such as infectious diseases (infectious pathophysiology, immunology, microbiology, epidemiology, virology, parasitology), and public health activities (diagnosis, surveillance, resistance, etc.).


Doctoral grants aim to promote mobility opportunities for young scientists. The doctoral internship should therefore be completed outside their home country or the country where they attended university.

Doctoral students should be enrolled at the doctoral school to which the host laboratory is affiliated, which can belong to a university in France or abroad.


The applicant should hold a Masters degree or equivalent diploma (completion of 5 years of higher education). Applicants who have already begun their thesis may not apply.


3 years


The program is open to all nationalities


Funding covers living and insurance expenses depending on the salary scales of the host institute. One return fare between the home country and internship location is also funded.

Call for applications:

One call for applications per year from January to the beginning of September.


Assessment criteria

A Selection Committee allocates doctoral grants based on the project's relevance, the internship objectives and the application itself.

The first step is to find a host laboratory in the Institut Pasteur International Network.

IMPORTANT: before submitting his application, the candidate must imperatively define, with the host laboratory, scientific project and starting date of the training.

Submission of applications

The application for completion online should include :

  • Description of the planned doctoral thesis (max. 2 pages) including the background, topic addressed, objectives and program of work (activities, expected results and timescale)
  • Applicant's resume/CV (1 page)
  • Presentation of research undertaken and results obtained by the applicant (max. 2 pages)
  • Acknowledgement of any grant received from a French or international organization the previous year. The applicant should specify whether s/he has applied for a grant this year and the relevant organization as applicable. The applicant should provide details of overall funding
  • Information about the institute, host team and supervisor (max. 2 pages). The prerequisites are as follows :


    • supervisor : proven scientific training, publications, experience on the topic (or methods) available for the thesis and, where possible, accreditation to supervise research; and confirmation that his/her contract will run throughout the duration of the thesis period;
    • host team : "adequate" size (a lone research scientist cannot be considered as a host team) and affiliation to a university doctoral school;
    • institute : appropriate working conditions (scientific materials and environment).
  • The applicant should provide the email addresses of referees to be contacted directly on the website for :


    • a letter from the director of the host laboratory undertaking to provide the applicant with the necessary assistance, as well as the name, title and position of the research scientist to supervise the doctoral student (mandatory)
    • a letter of recommendation from the applicant's doctoral supervisor (mandatory)
    • Approval/endorsement by the director of the Doctoral School where the applicant will be enrolled (optional)


One call for applications per year :

call for doctoral internship proposals : end of January

call for applications : end of March

closing date for applications : mid-July

Selection Committee meeting : beginning of September

decision notice : by mid-October


Eliane Coëffier, International Grant and Training Coordinator​


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