• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Pasteur-Paris University International Doctoral Program offered by the Institute Pasteur in collaboration with the Université de Paris, the Sorbonne Université, and the Université Paris-Sud, is a doctoral program organised for students holding a master degree or the equivalent in science, medicine and related fields delivered by a university outside of France. Please note that university fees for the 1st to 3rd year enrollement are refunded to students working at the Institut Pasteur.
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During the Pasteur-Paris University International Doctoral Program offered by the Institute Pasteur, 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.

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.

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 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The 2020-2021 enrollment opens in September 2020

    Interview week: February 2-5, 2021

    Contact the lab of interest between September 18th and November 2nd 2020

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Besides conducting their research in one of the 130 laboratories of the Institut Pasteur where they receive cutting-edge training and interact with experts across many disciplines, several training courses and close follow up of the PhD progression are organized for the students, as workshop on Statistics, Oral Presentation, Ethics and Integrity, Robotics, Journal Clubs, annual 3-day retreat, annual Thesis Advisory Committe, annual one-to-one meeting with the Dean. All these activities require an active participation of the students, who are directly involved in the discussions, or organization. Student care is also a priority for the program. PPU wants the students to be well integrated on the campus and in the French society: French classes are offered to learn French language and culture. 


 Main goal of the PPU program is to train junior investigators to become future leaders in academic education and research institutions, international organizations, private companies, or administration.


Several professors from the Institut Pasteur and from the major Parisian universities give regularly lectures in our institution. Moreovers, well known speachers from all over the word are constantly invited on the campus to give seminars. As an example, the Nobel prize Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is still actively present on the campus.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    470 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 470 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    470 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 470 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Please note that university fees for the 1st to 3rd PhD year enrollement to a Parisian university are refunded to PhD students working at the Institut Pasteur.

Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The program offers:

- Assistance in housing. Upon arrival in France, PPU students may rent a place at the Cité Universitaire for 6 months. Assistance with VISA.

- 750 Euros year/student to cover expenses for international conferences or summer courses.

-The reimbursement of one round-trip ticket per year for the country of origin.

- A “Tutor” is assigned to each student.  The tutors are scientists working on the campus in a different department with respect to the student-hosting laboratory.

- A monthly salary of 1.800 Euro comprehensive of social benefits (national health care, health insurance, etc)

- A “welcome bonus” of 4.000 Euro gross which will be paid at once with their first salary

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Pasteur-Paris University International Doctoral Program
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