Applying for a PhD

Each year, nearly 300 students undertake their PhD in Institut Curie's research laboratories.

To do a PhD at Institut Curie means working in a dynamic environment based on the multidisciplinary approaches and excellence offered by more than 85 research groups grouped into 4 fields and a translational department:

There are several possibilities for students wishing to do their PhD at the Institut Curie.

3 options according to your profile

You have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) or are currently doing a Master's degree and  would like to complete a PhD in one of Institut Curie's laboratories:

  •  if you are a French student, you can look up the offers of thesis contracts of our labs or directly contact the team you are interested in to know what possibilities exist for joining that team.
  • if you are a Foreign student, you can apply for thesis projects in the frame of Institut Curie's EuReCa International PhD Program. An online application system enables candidates to apply during the call for applications.
  • if you are a physician, our PhD Grant for physicians can be of interest to you if you plan to do a scientific thesis in one of our labs.

All PhD students benefit from annual thesis committees, which provide an opportunity to assess the progress. This committee is implemented with the mentors of their host unit.

PhD students also have access to all seminars, courses and training programs related to their research subject and those of the Institut Curie, as well as to specific courses on cutting-edge techniques and general workshops for career development.


PhD Graduation Ceremony

To congratulate and pay tribute to the young researchers who defended their thesis during the year, the Training Unit is organizing the graduation ceremony.

Punctuated by stimulating speeches from thesis supervisors, elevator speeches and testimonials, this event is an opportunity for award winners to gather and talk about their future, and register on the Institut Curie Alumni network.