Postdoctoral Grants, Calmette and Yersin Programme

Each year the Department of International Affairs - Institut Pasteur International Network 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.



Postdoctoral Grants, for postdoctoral traineeships within the Institut Pasteur International Network: Calmette and Yersin Programme 


The Department of International Affairs - Institut Pasteur International Network finances one postdoctoral scholarship each year to promote and facilitate postdoctoral traineeships for French and foreign researchers within an institute of the Institut Pasteur International Network (RIIP) outside metropolitan France.

Subject matter:

Any subject covered by RIIP institute laboratories: research into infectious diseases (infectious physiopathology, immunology, microbiology, epidemiology, virology, parasitology) and public health activities (diagnosis, monitoring, resistance, etc.).

Eligibility criteria:

These postdoctoral grants aim to promote mobility with the arrival in a new environment. The postdoctoral traineeship is therefore conducted in an institution where the candidate does not yet work, outside the home country and outside the country in which the person attended university. 


The candidate must have a PhD. Applicants who have already begun their postdoctoral traineeship may not apply.


2 years


All nationalities


Fixed-term local contract with social charges covering living expenses and insurance (net amount of B1,900 per month) and a return air ticket between the country of origin and traineeship location.

Call for applications:

One call for applications each year open from January to May.



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

International Website


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


Online Applications exclusively :


Submission of applications


The application for completion online should include :

  • Description of the planned postdoctoral project (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)
  • 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 previous Doctoral School




One call for proposals a year :

  • Deadline for application: End of May
  • Notification of the selected candidate: mid of June
  • Beginning of the postdoctoral traineeship: October


The applicant agrees to be shown on all documents (reports, slides, abstract, etc..) the logo of the Institut Pasteur and to include in the acknowledgments the Department of International Affairs - Institut Pasteur International Network for financial support.




Eliane Coëffier, PhD,


(PostDoctoral students in the Institut Pasteur International Network funded by the International Division)

Updated on 15/01/2015