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.



Students conduct their research in one of the 120 laboratories of the Institut Pasteur offering 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.


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 October 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-December. Candidates who are short listed by the selection committee are then interviewed during March, with results communicated by the beginning of April. 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, partner institutions, governmental agencies and private foundations.

Assistance for accommodation in student residences, including the Résidence internationale de l'Institut Pasteur, will also be available





Mis à jour le 24/03/2016