Applicant's guide

The call for applications 2017 is now closed.


Eligibility rules

Application process

Application: completing the online form
Eligibility check
First round of selection - Evaluation by the Review Committee
Second round of selection - Interview session by the Selection Committee
Feedback & redress process

Evaluation criteria



Eligibility rules

- 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 (February 5th 2017).

- 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 at the latest on January 1st 2015.


Application process


  Dec. 12th, 2016 – Feb. 8th, 2017

  Call for applications

  February 2017

  Eligibility check of applications (results will be given mid-March)

  March 2017

  1st round of selection: Evaluation of the applications

  April 2017

  Results of the 1st round of selection (results will be given mid-April)

  May 17 – May 19, 2017

  2nd round of selection : Interviews held at Institut Curie

  June 2017

  Results of the 2nd round of selection

  Oct. 2nd, 2017 

  Start of the 3-year working contracts

Application: completing the online form

Applicants will have to complete an online application form in English. Incomplete applications will not be eligible.

Applications will be sent via the online application system during the call. No application will be accepted after the deadline. (February 8th, 2017 at 17:00 CET (GMT +1)).

Applicants can 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 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.

Eligibility check

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

First round of selection - Evaluation by the Review Committee

A review 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, put on a waiting list, or not selected.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for the 2nd round of selection, the interview sessions which will be held at Institut Curie on 17-19 May 2017.

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 round selection - Interview session by the Selection Committee

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview during a 3-days visit at Institut Curie 17-19 May 2017. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Committee.

The candidates will visit the host laboratory, Institut Curie’s campus, the Curie museum and Institut Curie’s technology platforms. Institut Curie will provide accommodation 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:

  • Education
  • Professional experience
  • Personal experience and interests

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: 2017-02-09