Applicant's guide

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Eligibility criteria
Application process

Recruitment process


Eligibility criteria

- Applicants must not have lived or worked in France for more than 12 months during the past 3 years prior to the closure of the call (January 18th 2018).

- Applicants must own a Master’s degree (or be about to obtain one) or have a university degree equivalent to a European Master’s (5-year duration) to be eligible.

- Applicants must have earned this degree between January 1st 2016 and September 30, 2018.


Application process


 Nov 30th, 2017 – Jan. 25th, 2018

  Call for applications

  February 2018

  Eligibility check of applications (results mid-March)

  March 2018

  1st selection round: evaluation of the applications (results mid-April)

  May 16 – May 18, 2018

  2nd round of selection : Interviews held at Institut Curie (results beginning of June)

  Oct. 1st, 2018

  Start of the 3-year working contracts


Applicants have to complete an online application form in English when the call is open. Incomplete applications will not be eligible. No application will be accepted after the deadline January 25th, 2018 at 5:00pm CET (GMT +1). Applicants may apply for 1 thesis project via the online application system. The following documents are required:

- a CV,
- a motivation letter,
- a copy of the high school degree,
- a copy of the university degrees including the Master’s degree or equivalent 5 year university degree (translated by the applicant in English),
- a copy of the university grade transcript from the Master’s degree or equivalent 5 year university degree (translated by the applicant in English),
- 2 recommendation letters. Referees must have submitted their recommendation letters by the end of the call. We strongly advise applicants to contact their referees as soon as possible so that they have enough time to upload the recommendation letter online. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the 2 recommendation letters are sent before the end of the call.

Recruitment process

Eligibility check
At the end of the call, applicants will be informed of their eligibility by email. Eligible applicants will go through the 1st selection round.

First selection round - Evaluation by the Review Committee

A committee composed of scientists from Institut Curie and experts from partner universities and organizations will rank the applications. For each PhD thesis project, applicants will be ranked and either shortlisted, on  waiting list, or not selected.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for the 2nd selection round.
International applicants willing to apply for the IC-3i PhD Program should inquire about the visa procedure regarding their country, in preparation for the interview session in Paris.

Second selection round - Selection Committee interview session 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview during a 3-days visit at Institut Curie 16-18 May 2018. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Committee.
They will visit the host laboratory, Institut Curie’s campus, the Curie museum and Institut Curie’s technology platforms. Institut Curie will provide accommodation, food and reimburse travel expenses (economy fare).

Feedback & redress process

Within a week after disclosure of the results (eligibility, first and second round of selection), applicants can appeal the decision by contacting

Evaluation criteria

Applicants will be evaluated by the review committee on 3 main criteria. Reviewers will evaluate to which extent the application meets the criteria, by using a scale from 0: Fail to 10: Outstanding.

Evaluation Criteria



- Academic experience

- Academic excellence (incl. prices, dual degree, international programs, exchange programs)

- Grades


Professional experience

- Recommendation letters

- Work experience (trainings) both academic & private

- Laboratory as well as theoretical experience

- Cross domain and international experience


Personal experience

- Motivation letter

- Knowledge of English

- Volunteering or community service

- Openness & creativity


According to the European policy, there is no disadvantage for Career Breaks (for example for family reasons).



For questions regarding application, please read the FAQ.

Last update: 2018-01-15