FdV Frontiers in Life Sciences Bettencourt Interdisciplinary Program in Paris, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #201 ,
The Frontires du Vivant (FdV) PhD program, established in 2006, is part of the Programme Bettencourt created and funded by the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation to help creative and talented students develop their PhD in an environment as enriching as those of the best graduate programs in the world. It is one of the 32 doctoral schools hosted at the Sorbonne Paris Cit University (USPC).


The aim of this interdisciplinary doctoral school is to promote ambitious research projects involving interactions between a wide range of academic disciplines in the pursuit of understanding living systems, education, and discovery. Thus, the FdV graduate school recruits students trained in various disciplines (e.g. biology, physics, medicine, economy, linguistics) from around the world.

A number of research aims are associated to the FdV doctoral school due the interdisciplinary nature of the program. They can be broadly categorized into two main topics: life sciences and education/discovery, which is referred to as the New Frontiers.


Co-accreditation Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot Universities, PRES Paris Sorbonne Cit

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Creating Interdisciplinary Research Projects
  • Interdisciplinary Fridays
  • Critical Analysis of Research Articles
  • General Public Speaking
  • Engaging presentations for scientific and general audiences
  • Scientific Writing
  • Popular science communication for researchers
  • Managing scientific collaborations: Integrity, negotiation and conflict
  • Best DOC: Well-being, health, and work for the doctorate
  • Responsibility in research and entrepreneurship

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

The application will request the following:

  • Personal information and contact details
  • Supervisor(s) and your hosting laboratory (Paris region mandatory)
  • Potential funding
  • Education history
  • Language proficiency
  • Previous research experience
  • Publications
  • Statements of motivation and interest
  • 3-4 page interdisciplinary PhD project proposal
  • 3-4 letters of recommendation (letters from PhD supervisors are required)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Photo of yourself

Tuition Fee

PhD University fees are 350 euros a year.


The FdV PhD program offers different types of funding, public and private. Fellowships are attributed according to the ranking of the candidates in the recruitment competition. Since the graduate school will not be able to support all the eligible candidates, fellows and their supervisors are encouraged to apply with the help of the program for funding available from other institutions. Below you will find some leads in your search for a PhD funding.

  • The Paris Descartes University that hosts the FdV PhD program has listed many sources of possible fundings for a PhD in France.
  • LiEDU has published a summary of diverse funding opportunities on its website and offers a newsletter to keep informed. Listed fundings concern Master or PhD students, postdocs, researchers, etc.
  • lANDs has developed a guide to research funding that mainly presents opportunities for PhD students and postdocs.

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.