IC-3i PhD - FAQ

FAQ du programme doctoral international IC-3i

Eligibility

What are the eligibility criteria?
Applicants must:
- Not have lived in France for more than 12 months during the 3 years prior to February 6, 2019 (Mobility rule)
- Have (or be about to obtain) a master’s degree, or have a university degree equivalent to a European master’s (five-year duration).
- Have obtained this degree no more than two years prior to January 24, 2019

What are the nationalities who can apply?
We welcome applicants from all nationalities, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

I have done my university studies outside of France but will earn my Master’s degree from a French institution, am I eligible?
Yes, if you have not lived or worked in France for more than 12 months during the past 3 years. The reference date is the application deadline, February 6, 2019.

I obtained my Master’s degree in January 2017, may I still apply?
Yes, applicants are eligible if they obtained their Master’s degree in 2017, 2018 or will obtain their Master’s degree before September 30, 2019.

Is it possible to apply if I have not obtained my master’s degree (or equivalent) yet?
Yes, applications can be submitted before obtaining the degree, but you must have obtained your degree by September 30, 2019 to be eligible. In the case you still haven’t get your Master’s diploma, you can upload a signed letter from the graduate office instead.

Is there an age limit for applying?
There is no age restriction to apply for the IC-3i International PhD program.

Are there specific language requirements to apply for the IC-3i PhD program?
The working language at Institut Curie is English; it is not necessary to speak French. Proficiency in written English and fluency in spoken English are required, since the whole program is operated in English. PhD fellows can attend French classes upon their arrival.

Are reference letters required for my application? If so, how many?
Yes, two recommendation letters are required for your application. Your two referees have to upload their letters themselves before the end of the call for applications so that your application is complete. Please note: a third reference letter will not be accepted.

How will I know if my application is eligible?
Applicants who have submitted ineligible applications will be informed in March.

Eligible applications will go through the 1st selection round by the Review Board. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for the interview session in May (2nd selection round).

Are there any requirements regarding the recommendation letters?Yes. Applicants should inform their referees to upload their recommendation letters before the application deadline (February 6, 2019 at 5:00pm CET). Recommendation letters must be written on headed paper and bear the signature of the referees.

 

Application process

What is the application process?
After the end of the call for applications, eligibility of applications will be checked. Eligible applications will be evaluated by the Review Board (1st selection round). Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (2nd selection round).

Jan. - Feb. 2019 Call for applications
February 2019 Eligibility check of applications - results mid-March
March 2019 First selection round: evaluation of applications - results mid-April
May 15 - 17 2019 Second selection round: interviews held at Institut Curie - results beginning of June
Oct. 2019 Start of 3-year working contract

When does the application process begin?
The call for applications opens on January 2019.

What is the deadline to apply?
Applications may be submitted until February 6, 2019, 5:00pm CET (GMT +1).

Is there an application fee?
No, there is no application fee.

Do I need to contact a thesis director with whom I wish to work before applying?
It is not mandatory, but feel free to contact the thesis director of the project you are applying for.

How many PhD thesis projects may I apply for?
You can apply for only 1 PhD project.

How can I appeal the decision of the 1st and 2nd selection round?
Please send an email to ic3iphd [at] curie.fr within one week after the email with the results has been sent to you.

If I am unsuccessful for the 2018 call for applications, can I apply for the next call?
Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

How do I apply?
Fill in the online application form through the online application system. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified by email and will be able to download an acknowledgment of receipt. Downloading your acknowledgment of receipt will enable you to prove that your application has been submitted.

Can I modify my application? If so, how?
You can modify your application file via the online application system until the end of the call for applications.

Can I check the status of my application?
Yes, this is possible with the application system.

I have problems with the online application system. What should I do?
Please read the detailed FAQ for the online application system. For any technical difficulties, please contact ic3iphd [at] curie.fr.

Required documents

Do I need to have my degrees and transcripts translated into English for the application?Yes, and you may translate them yourself.

Can I upload my CV (pdf or Word format, for example) directly into the online application system?
No, this is not possible. You will have to fill all the required fields of your CV in the online application system.

Can I upload my recommendation letters?
No, your referees have to upload the letters themselves before the application deadline. It is your duty to check that your referees have uploaded the letters so that your application is complete. Applicants must inform their referees that the recommendation letters have to be written on headed paper and must bear their signatures.

Are there any requirements regarding the recommendation letters?
Yes. Applicants should inform their referees to upload their recommendation letters before the application deadline (February 6, 2019 at 5:00pm CET). The recommendation letters must be written on headed paper and bear the signature of the referees.

Will I be informed once the referees have completed their references?
Yes, you can check this via the online application system.

What can I upload if I don’t have the diploma required by the online application tool?
On the application tool, you will be asked to upload a high school certificate, grades from high school, your Masters diploma and grades from Masters’ Degree.
For the High School documents, you can upload a document equivalent to a diploma: a certificate certifying you fulfilled all the requirements, for example.
For the Masters documents, you can upload a signed letter from the postgraduate office, certifying you fulfilled all the requirements. You should should also upload the grades.

Interview

When and how will I receive notification regarding interviews?
Applicants invited for interviews will be contacted by email after the 1st selection round.
International applicants wishing to apply for the IC-3i PhD program should inquire beforehand about the visa procedure regarding their country in preparation for the interview session in Paris.

Following the interview, when will I be notified of acceptance into the IC-3i PhD program?
Applicants will be contacted by email after the 2nd selection round.

What are the criteria used by the Review Board and the Selection Committee to assess applications?
Applicants will be evaluated on their education, professional experience and personal experience.
Please note that knowledge of English will be evaluated.

When will the interview stay in Paris take place?The interview will last 3 days from May 15 to 19, 2019.

What are the expenses covered for the interview stay at Institut Curie?
Travel, accommodation and lunches will be covered by Institut Curie.

Completing a PhD

If I am selected for the IC-3i International PhD program, when do I start my PhD work?
Selected candidates will start their PhD work at the beginning of October 2019.

What is the duration of the program?
The PhD fellowship is awarded for 3 years.

Can I extend the duration of my thesis period?
Yes, it is possible to extend the duration of the thesis for a maximum of 1 year with additional funding. If needed, your thesis director will help you find additional funding.

If I am selected for the IC-3i International PhD program, will I have to register at a French university?
Yes, PhD fellows will be employed by Institut Curie and registered at a doctoral school and at a French university. The university awards the PhD degree.

What do I need to register at a French university?
This depends on your university affiliation. This information will be provided by your thesis director.

Who delivers the PhD degree?
The PhD fellow’s university delivers the PhD degree.

How do I prepare for my entry into France?
Institut Curie’s Human Resources department will help you prepare for your entry in France.

Is healthcare included in the salary?
Yes, healthcare is included in the salary.

Does Institut Curie provide financial support for the family?
No, there is no additional financial support for family members.

Does the IC3I program allow for part-time enrolment?
No.

How do I go about finding accommodation?
Housing is provided for those who wish it. Institut Curie has reserved rooms for IC-3i PhD fellows at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP). The PhD fellow pays the monthly rent at the CIUP (about €600).

Where can I find more information about research at Institut Curie?
Please check the following link: https://science.institut-curie.org/research/

I have not found the answers to my questions; what should I do?
If you have further questions, please contact ic3iphd [at] curie.fr.