Pasteur-Paris University International doctoral program​ (PPU)

The Institut Pasteur organizes a doctoral program in collaboration with the Université de Paris, the Sorbonne Université, and the Université Paris Saclay, for students holding a master degree or the equivalent in science, medicine and related fields delivered by a university outside of France.



In 2009, the Institut Pasteur, the world leading biomedical research institute founded by Louis Pasteur in 1887, inaugurated the Pasteur Paris-University (PPU) international doctoral program in collaboration with several major Parisian science universities 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.

PPU at a glance




PPU project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement N°665807



Students conduct their research in one of the 120 laboratories of the Institut Pasteur that offers cutting edge training in a large variety of topics covering Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Structural Biology, Enzymology and Metabolism, Biological Chemistry, Virology, Parasitology, Medical Mycology, Epidemiology, Infectiology, Imaging, Neurosciences, Developmental Biology and Systems Biology. In addition, PPU students will receive specific courses on soft skills, as Oral Presentation, Journal Club, Workshop on Ethics, French Lessons. (Educational program)

Students are part of the Pasteurian community with whom they share their passion for science and wish to contribute to the prevention and treatment of diseases. Students are immersed in an exciting, dynamic and interactive research environment including access to a large variety of core facilities with state-of-the art equipment.

They can extend their knowledge by attending specialized courses and benefiting from a vast seminar program attracting major speakers from all over the world. At the end of their studies (typically three years), students defend their PhD according to European guidelines.

The call opens in September and students are selected on a competitive basis. Candidates are first selected by host laboratories and their applications are presented to the selection committee by mid-November. Candidates who are short listed by the selection committee are then interviewed during February, with results communicated by the end of February. Selected students are enrolled in the following October for a three-year contract.

Students selected through the PPU receive a salary from Institut Pasteur to cover their living expenses and health insurance. The program benefits from financial support by Institut Pasteur, European Community, partner institutions, governmental agencies and private foundations.

Assistance with administrative issues and for accommodation in student residences, including the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, will also be available (Financial support and benefits).

Current call

The current call is now closed


Enseignement - PPU 2022 Call

The 2021-2022 call for enrollment of students in October 2022 is now closed

  • Dead line for contacting host laboratories November 2, 2021
  • Deadline for submitting the application with the host laboratory: November 15,  2021
  • Interview week: February 2022


PPU Specific Programs

From September to the end of October, candidates can apply in parallel to projects of the four PPU programs (PPU, PPU-IMAGINE, PPU-INCEPTION and PPU-OXFORD) and contact more than one supervisor.

Please note that to carry on with the selection process after November each year candidates have to choose only one project and program among the four.

The selection of the PPU-IMAGINE program is independently organized by Institut Imagine, while the other three programs (PPU, PPU-INCEPTION and PPU-OXFORD) shares the same selection process organized by Institut Pasteur.

Furthermore, IP has a fifth PPU program, named PPU-CNBG exclusively reserved to CNBG employees. PPU-CNBG shows a distinct selection process including a first selection step made by CNBG, followed by a specific selection path put in place at Institut Pasteur.

PhD students enrolled in the PPU, PPU-INCEPTION and PPU-OXFORD programs will benefit from Institut Pasteur working contracts (for more details see below “FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND BENEFITS”). The PPU-IMAGINE PhDs will benefit from Institut Imagine working contracts and PPU-CNBG PhDs maintain their CNBG working contracts.

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Logo China National Biotec Group (CNBG)

China National Biotec Group (CNBG) is a subsidiary of the China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation (SINOPHARM). Its development is part of the history of Chinese biological product industry, and it greatly contributed to China's endeavor to eradicate or reduce the incidence of various severe infectious diseases. By manufacturing and supplying over 200 types of biological products for disease prevention and for therapeutic and diagnostic use (including all vaccines for Chinese EPI program), CNBG plays a major role in safeguarding the health of the world's largest population.

The partnership between Institut Pasteur (IP) and China National Biotec Group (CNBG) is dedicated to foster R&D industrial partnerships that translates science into outcomes beneficial to patients with disease and to disease prevention. Through an interdisciplinary and comprehensive cooperation, Institut Pasteur and CNBG join forces to develop, promote and facilitate research/training of young Chinese scientists through a three-year PhD program that takes place on the Institut Pasteur campus. The Pasteur-Paris University Program PPU-CNBG provides academic and professional training to highly motivated CNBG employees who are involved in cutting-edge projects developed on the campus.



Institut Imagine is Europe's leading center for research, care and teaching on genetic diseases, and its mission is to understand and cure them. The Institute brings together 1000 of the best doctors, researchers and healthcare personnel in an architecture that creates synergies. It is this unprecedented continuum of expertise, combined with proximity to patients, that allows Imagine to accelerate discoveries and their applications for the benefit of patients.

At Imagine, patients with genetic diseases are at the heart of the virtuous circle. Created by the Institute’s founders, this circle begins with the patient and finishes by curing the patient or at least relieving their suffering. Imagine brings together all the skills and expertise necessary to accelerate research, develop innovative care, and to generate synergies and conditions to drive innovation in one building.

Imagine’s goal is to change the lives of families affected by genetic diseases. To achieve this goal, Imagine focuses on four major areas: research, innovative care, education, and promotion.

Through the training of future doctors and researchers and continuous training of doctors and health professionals, Institut Imagine promotes expertise in both research and medicine, which makes it unique.

Students of the PPU-IMAGINE program will work daily in laboratories of Institut Imagine and will participate to PPU activities at Institut Pasteur.

To see and apply to the projects proposed by the IMAGINE doctoral program, please use the link here below:


Some of the projects of the PPU program will be sponsored via the «INCEPTION program» in the following scientific fields: Phylodynamics; Sequence analysis; Metagenomics; Systems biology; Deep learning; Databases; Precision medicine. Students of the PPU-INCEPTION program will work daily in Institut Pasteur laboratories and will participate to the PPU activities at Institut Pasteur. A thesis co-supervision is mandatory.

PPU-INCEPTION projects are listed within the PPU projects and labelled INCEPTION.

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Projects in the area of Antimicrobial Resistance at the interface with the Biochemistry will benefit from a collaboration between the Institut Pasteur and the Chemistry Department of the Oxford University and will be part of the « PPU-OXFORD program ». 

PPU-OXFORD students will have the possibility to spend up to three months of their PhD in the Chemistry Department of Oxford University. Students of the PPU-OXFORD program will work daily in laboratories of Institut Pasteur, and will follow the activities proposed by the PPU program.

PPU-OXFORD projects are listed within the PPU projects and labelled OXFORD.

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Application information

The application call opens in September for the class beginning in October of the following year.


 ​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.

Language: The program is run in English and therefore fluency in English is required (TOEFL or other language proficiency scores may be indicated when submitting your application). No knowledge of French is required, but a basic knowledge may be useful in the daily life outside the Institute.

Age: 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.

Mobility: 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.


  • 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 in 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.


There are 3 steps in the selection process

1.Candidates choose and are chosen by a host laboratory.

From mid-September, a list of host laboratories and the research projects they propose could be visible on a dedicated platform  after registration:  (the link is proposed also in the Current Call section of this web site).

Applications must be sent through the same link: the candidates can select the projects they are interested in, and upload a detailed CV and a motivation letter in PDF format. 

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.

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.

The candidate selected for a project will complete the application on the same platform in consultation with the host laboratory. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are welcome but not required. 

2.Evaluation of written applications by the Admissions Committee.

The written applications are evaluated in December on the basis of the academic qualifications, previous research experience and scientific potential of the candidates. In general, applicants are expected to be among the top of those qualified to enter a Ph.D. program in their home country.

 The Admissions Committee is composed of Institut Pasteur scientists, representatives of the Doctoral Schools (who verify that the applicant is eligible to register for a Ph.D. at a Parisian University) and members of the PPU Program Office (who are themselves also Institut Pasteur scientists). The Admissions Committee solicits written evaluations of the applications from external senior scientists who are familiar with the applicant’s national education systems. The most promising candidates are selected for an interview.

3.Interview week.

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; successful candidates are generally given 10 days to tell us whether they accept admission.  Admission is highly competitive; each year many more qualified candidates apply than can be accepted.

Criteria used by the Admissions Committee for the evaluation:

  • Presentation: Logical and coherent presentation; appropriate information; clear exposition without “reading the slides”; good balance master/future phd projects. 
  • Addressing the question: comprehension of the questions, focus on the requested details, scientific knowledge, technical knowledge, capability to think after an open question.
  • General attitude: positive attitude, self-confidence, attitude open to the discussion.

Exact dates and deadlines for each step are clearly indicated in Current Call.

Educational program

The PPU program prepares students for an exciting and competitive career in research science, through the development of a research project, 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.


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

Students will also benefit from technical training 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 to international workshops and conferences, for which the PPU program will offer monetary support.


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 (identifying the key message, planning and preparation, presentation design, confident delivery and stress management, giving/receiving feedback). 
    During the II° year: four classes lasting 4 hours each.
  • Journal Club: To enhance the educational experience of participants and the assimilation of scientific evidences (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. (Journal Club)
    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.
  • To learn how to organize a symposium, students of the II° year are in charge of the organization of the annual retreat for all PPU students, under the guidance of the PPU Graduate Office members.
  • Institut Pasteur international network workshop: to be informed about the main missions of the Institut Pasteur and facilitate the creation of student personal network.
    During the III° year: half a day.

Various other training sessions are available at the Institut Pasteur, the Universities in Paris, and the Institut Curie.


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.


The PPU program staff is fully committed to building a strong network within each incoming class of students, and between all students in the program as a whole as well as with students and scientists of the campus. For that purpose, informal meetings (3 per year) are organized to give the students a chance to discuss with the members of the PPU Program Committee and PPU office on individual questions and challenges or unforeseen difficulties encountered.


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 progress 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.


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.


PPU Events

Graduate office

The Graduate office of the PPU program is the link between students and all aspects of their academic life at the Institut Pasteur during their research stay.

The office is setup in order to respond to inquiries from the very start of the program, i.e. student’s arrival, until completing their final requirements for their Ph.D. diploma, and beyond. The office is composed of the committee members and a secretarial assistant who is in charge of administrative and academic aspects of the program.


Nathalie Pardigon, PhD

Nathalie Pardigon, Ph.D.

Dean of the Institut Pasteur- Paris University international doctoral program


Andrès AlcoverPh.D.

PPU Program Committee member

Philippe Afonso, Ph.D.  PPU program committee member

Philippe Afonso, Ph.D.

PPU program committee member


Simonetta Gribaldo, Ph.D.

PPU program committee member


Melanie Hamon, Ph.D

PPU program committee member

Enseignement - Friederike Jönsson - Institut Pasteur
Friederike Jönsson, Ph.D.
PPU Program Committee member

Molly Ingersoll, Ph.D.

PPU program committee member

Mariette Matondo,  Ph.D. PPU program committee member - Institut Pasteur

Mariette Matondo, Ph.D.

PPU program committee member

P.Viera PPU Institut Pasteur

Paulo Vieira, M.D.

PPU program committee member

Financial support and benefits

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

The students will receive:

1) a monthly salary of 1.800 Euro comprehensive of social benefits (national health care, health insurance, etc.);

2) a “welcome bonus” of 4.000 Euro gross which will be paid at once with their first salary;

3) the reimbursement of one round-trip ticket per year (train or plane tickets in eco-class) for the country of origin, the time of the duration of the program, to be taken during the academic year (with no possibility of postponement or refund if not taken). 

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 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 complete handling of administrative issues by the Institut Pasteur.

For information:

  • The financial support for the fellowships and the educational training comes from the Institut Pasteur and the European Community. In addition, the program benefits from support by other Institutions, including partner institutions of the Institut Pasteur, some governmental agencies and private foundations. (fellowships)
  • Starting January 2019, France adopted the pay-as-you-earn withholding tax system, meaning taxes are directly deducted from your salary. Tax information sessions are organized to explain students how to declare taxes in France.

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Application (Student)

Application (Host lab)


University - Doctoral School

Ph.D. Program

Life in Paris


Application (Student)

What is the application process?

The application process consists of three steps: (i) the candidate must select and be selected by a host laboratory, keeping in mind that each advisor can present only one candidate. ; (ii) applications are filled out by the candidate together with the host laboratory and are uploaded in the PPU dedicated platform (link available in the Current call section at the opening of the call). Applications are evaluated by an Admissions committee that selects candidates for an interview at the Institut Pasteur; (iii) these candidates are invited for a four-day interview on the Institut Pasteur campus and present their past and future works to the Admissions committee (see the details in application information).

When does the application process begin?

The application period starts in mid-September. Prospective students are free to contact the lab (s) they are interested in at any time before the application period opens.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline for each application cycle is usually in November. The exact dates and deadlines for each application period will be indicated on the current call page when a call is opened. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact host laboratories as early as possible and well before the application deadline.

What is the first step in the application process?

The first step is to identify and contact a host lab in which you would be interested in doing your Ph.D. research. Projects and contact information for laboratories recruiting prospective Ph.D. students at the Institut Pasteur can be found on the Current call page (when a call is open). Further information about laboratories and their research interests is available on the website RESEARCH. Because laboratories receive many applications and can present only one candidate, the first step of the selection process is to be chosen by a host laboratory.

May I contact a lab that is not listed on the page of the current call?  

You are free to contact any lab of your choice at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. The list of all laboratories at Institut Pasteur can be found on the Institut Pasteur website. However, the laboratories not listed on the current call page are unlikely to search for a student in the upcoming academic period.

May I contact several host laboratories?

Yes. You may contact as many host laboratories as you wish. However, if you are selected by more than one host lab for application to this program, you will be required to choose one.

Does my host laboratory have to be located at the Institut Pasteur in Paris?

In the majority of cases yes, only few host laboratories are located at walking distance from the Institut Pasteur

What are the degree prerequisites for consideration of acceptance in the Pasteur - Paris University International Ph.D. program?

A Masters of Science (M.Sc.), or an equivalent degree that would formally qualify you to register for a Ph.D. program in the French University system, is required to be considered for acceptance into this program. In some cases, students who have carried out an undergraduate research project in addition to their B.A. or B.Sc. degree may qualify. The host lab can inquire into this with its affiliated doctoral school.

By what date must I have finished my M.Sc. or equivalent degree in order to enroll in the PhD program?

You do not need to have finished your M.Sc. or equivalent degree prior to the application deadline. The degree must be completed by the summer of the following year, in order to register at the Paris Universities. A copy of the diploma or a certified written attestation of completion must be available before the start of the program.

Is there an age limit or a time limit between the date of my Master’s degree and filing the application?

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.

Do I need to apply directly to the University?

No, you may not. Your application must be uploaded in the PPU dedicated platform. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive information on when and how to register at the university to which your host laboratory is affiliated.

Are there country-specific requirements for international applicants?


What are the language requirements?

The program is run in English and therefore fluency in English is required. TOEFL or other language proficiency scores may be indicated when submitting your application. No knowledge of French is necessary. French language classes will be part of the Ph.D. program curriculum.

Are specific standardized test scores required and where should they be sent?

No. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are welcome but not required.  

If I have done my university studies outside of France, but will earn my Master’s degree from a French institution, am I eligible to apply?

No. A master degree (or the equivalent) delivered by a university located outside of France is required.

I already have been granted a Ph.D. fellowship. Does this guarantee a place in the program?

No. All applicants are evaluated by the Admissions Committee solely on the basis of their qualifications and scientific potential. All applicants must successfully pass the application and interview procedure in order to be eligible. Moreover, under French law, the external funding must constitute employment or the funds must be allocated to the Institut Pasteur to pay the candidate’s salary.

How and when will I receive notification regarding interviews?

The selection for the interview is highly competitive. The candidates selected for an interview will be notified by email toward the end of December or beginning of January.

How and when will I receive notification regarding acceptance to the Ph.D. program?

The candidates selected for the program will be notified by email shortly after the interviews, generally within 1 week.

Where do I send application materials?

Candidates do not send applications themselves. Applications must be uploaded in the PPU dedicated platform

Is it possible to check the status of my application once it is filed?


Is there an application fee?


Application (Host laboratory)

Can the host laboratory present a candidate without having posted a research project on the current call page?

No, all laboratories searching for a Ph.D. student for this program must upload a project on the dedicated platform. Teams that have already chosen a candidate must still upload a project and contact

Can a host Laboratory present multiple candidates?

To present a candidate to the PPU program, thesis advisors must hold an HDR (Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches) diploma. 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.

With which universities must the research group be affiliated?

To participate in the Pasteur - Paris University International Doctoral program, a host laboratory must be affiliated with a Doctoral School of one of the three partner Universities of the program: Université de Paris, the Sorbonne Université, and the Université Paris Saclay.

Can an advisor that already has a Ph.D. student in the program present another candidate for the following application period?

No advisor may have more than one Ph.D. student in the program.

What information should be contained in the host laboratory recommendation letter?

The host laboratory must certify that it is willing to host and supervise the prospective Ph.D. candidate if he/she is accepted into the program. The host laboratory should indicate why it proposes the candidate for its laboratory and for the PPU program.


Following the interview, when will I be notified of acceptance into the Ph.D. program?

The candidates selected for the program and their host labs will be notified by email shortly after the interviews, generally within 1 week.

How long is the interview stay in Paris?

Four days. The exact dates are indicated on the Current Call Page.

What is involved in the interview process?

During your stay you will visit your host laboratory to meet and discuss with the prospective advisor and laboratory members the research project. Individual interviews will be performed by Faculty members to assess each candidate’s qualifications for the PPU program. You will tour the Institut Pasteur and its core facilities, and meet with current PPU students and the PPU program staff. To see what scientific life is like at the Institut Pasteur, meetings are also planned with scientists and other Ph.D. students at meals and in informal social events. You will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee, during which time you will present your Master’s degree research (results or in progress) and planned Ph.D. project.

Will travel and accommodation expenses for participating in the interview be covered by the PPU Program?


University - Doctoral School

What is the connection between the Institut Pasteur and the universities of Paris?

The Institut Pasteur is a non-profit research foundation that has maintained a long tradition in teaching. Several major science courses organized at the Institut Pasteur are integrated into the master degrees of several Parisian universities. For the PPU program, the Institut Pasteur has developed a special partnership with the Université de Paris, the Sorbonne Université, and the Université Paris Saclay. This partnership means that students are employed by the Institut Pasteur and register at a Parisian university. Students enrolled in the PPU program perform their research project on the campus of the Institut Pasteur. The universities will deliver the diploma, on which will be indicated the co-operative nature of this program through the title “Pasteur - Paris University International Doctoral Program.

At which Parisian university will I register?

Your laboratory will be affiliated with a doctoral school of one of the three partner universities. You will be registered at the same doctoral school and university as your research team.

What is a doctoral school?

A doctoral school is an association of research teams preparing Ph.D. students through an educational program for the research profession. Each French university has several doctoral schools that each are specialized in specific scientific domains. To be enrolled in a Ph.D. program, the student registers at a doctoral school.

Will the courses differ depending on my university affiliation?

Completion of a Ph.D. at a French university requires participation in several scientific courses and professional trainings. All students enrolled in the PPU program will participate in a similar number of courses and training hours, regardless of the university affiliation. To fulfill this requirement, students will be able to choose among a number of courses that are the most appropriate and interesting for their individual training, including the ones that are required by the doctoral school.

Who will deliver the Ph.D. diploma?

The university will deliver the diploma, which will indicate the co-operative nature of this program through the title “Pasteur - Paris University International Doctoral Program”.

Ph.D. Program

What will be the approximate starting date for each new academic year?

The program starts the first week of October. An arrival in Paris between September 15 and October 1 will help to familiarize yourself with the city, the housing and the university, as well as to prepare all the necessary paperwork. The exact arrival date may vary from student to student and will depend on the status of his/her visa application (if you are not from the European Community).

What is the expected duration of the program, from beginning to the defense of the Ph.D.?

Students are expected to finish their Ph.D. in three years. Sometimes extensions may be granted when required and justified and are subject to approval from the doctoral school. Extensions will only be given if external funding is available. The program provides funding for three years.

Can you summarize the practical and academic offerings of this Ph.D. program?

The program aims to meet the highest standards for education and training of Ph.D. students in the world. While spending most of the time working in the individual research projects in a laboratory at Institut Pasteur, students benefit from excellent scientific courses and professional development trainings. The students will also be able to attend exciting seminars and participate in interactive workshops, annual retreats and journal clubs. The students within this program will be well supported by the staff, present as advocates for the students’ scientific education and to provide assistance in any practical matters. A thesis advisory committee (TAC) will follow the students’ research progress and will offer guidance as needed in addition to that provided by the laboratory in which the student is working. The program offers a salary covering living costs and including health insurance. The program also offers assistance in obtaining housing upon arrival in France. Financial support for attending international conferences or summer courses will also be provided.

Does the Ph.D. program also include a Master’s program?


Who do I contact if I have further questions?

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact

Life in Paris

Is housing provided?

Upon your arrival in Paris, you will be able to stay in Institut Pasteur reserved housing at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) for 6 months. The rent is paid by the student. This is a beneficial time to look for housing. The real estate market is tight and students are encouraged to actively seek housing rental opportunities. They can apply independently to continue living at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) and to the international houses of their respective countries as well. (Housing)

Is there additional financial support given for family and/or spouses?


Will I receive help with my Visa application and other paperwork?

Yes. The doctoral program office and the human resources office of the Institut Pasteur will provide assistance. A "Protocol d'accueil" for the visa application will be sent to students selected to enter the program from outside of the European Community. Precise instructions will be sent to all students accepted into the program on the paperwork that they need to complete and the steps they need to follow. The instructions must be followed carefully.

Does Institut Pasteur provide funds for travel and moving expenses when arriving in Paris?


Is health care included in the salary?

Yes, health care is included in the salary. The Institut Pasteur will help you to enroll in the French social security system, which includes health care. This will eventually, usually (3-6) months, yield a "Carte Vitale", which can be used at health care providers to facilitate refunds on expenses. Prior to obtaining the "Carte Vitale" students can still go to doctors and other health care professionals, and request a signed health care sheet "Feuille de soin" which later may be sent to the French health care office "Assurance Maladie" by mail for reimbusement. Please keep copies of all payments and "feuilles de soins". See the AMELI website for more info. The website is in French, but there is an English link from there.

Where can I find more info on health care?

Visit the website of the French health care service, AMELI


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