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IC-PhD [Institut Curie International PhD Program]

With more than 70 nationalities represented, Institut Curie welcomes students from all over the world to work in one of the 89 research teams of the Research Center.

Institut Curie launches its new international PhD program in Life Sciences “IC-PhD” which offers a total of 5 fellowships starting from September 2024 with a new selection procedure.



Just like treatment and research, training and education are an integral part of Institut Curie’s founding social missions. Our aim is to prepare future leaders. So, each year, Institut Curie’s Research Center welcomes hundreds of PhD students from all over the world.

They carry out research in a vibrant environment based on the pluri-disciplinary approaches and excellence offered by over 85 research groups comprising Institut Curie’s 13 joint research units organized in 6 research themes and a translational department:



The call for applications is now open.

Below is the list of the PhD projects for the 2024 IC-PhD program. Please note that all the projects will not be funded in the frame of the program. A selection procedure will take place for funding.

Contact the PI of the PhD project you would like to apply to.

Ultrastructural architecture of the intercellular bridge by cryo-electron microscopy

Thesis supervisor(s): Aurélie Bertin
Research group: Molecular Microscopy of Membranes (MMM)
Email contact of the supervisor: aurelie.bertin [at] curie.fr

Project 1

Characterization of DNA repair in mitosis, a path to identify new tumor vulnerability

Thesis supervisor(s): Raphael Ceccaldi
Research group: Alternative DNA repair mechanisms in human cancers
Email contact of the supervisor: Raphael.ceccaldi [at] curie.fr

Project 2

Electrohydraulic properties of cells and tissues

Thesis supervisor(s): Charlie Duclut & Thomas Risler
Research group: Physical Approach of Biological Problems
Email contact of the supervisor: charlie.duclut [at] curie.fr

Project 3

Genome plasticity from evolution to cancer: an inducible system to understand the genesis and stability of neocentromeres

Thesis supervisor(s): Daniele Fachinetti
Research group: Molecular Mechanisms of Chromosome Dynamics
Email contact of the supervisor: daniele.fachinetti [at] curie.fr

Project 4

Coordinating lumen formation and cell fate specification in embryonic epithelial morphogenesis

Thesis supervisor(s): Silvia Fre & Maria Luisa Martin-Faraldo
Research group:
Notch Signaling in Stem Cells and Tumors
Email contact of the supervisor: silvia.fre [at] curie.fr

Project 5

A DNA/RNA crosstalk: The role of splicing in transcriptional regulation

Thesis supervisor(s): Reini Luco
Research group:
Chromatin and RNA splicing
Email contact of the supervisor: reini.luco [at] curie.fr

Project 6

Mechanisms controlling stemness, epithelium-to-mesenchyme transition and genomic stability in neural crest cell development and melanoma

Thesis supervisor(s): Anne-Hélène Monsoro-Burq & Boris Bardot
Research group: Signaling and Neural Crest Development
Email contact of the supervisors: anne-helene.monsoro-burq [at] curie.fr; boris.bardot [at] curie.fr

Project 7

Exploring functional interactome of Androgen Receptor and RNA in the early onset of the castration-resistant prostate cancer

Thesis supervisor(s): Antonin Morillon & Marina Pinskaya
Research group:
Non-coding RNA, Epigenetics, and Genomes Fluidity
Email contact of the supervisors: antonin.morillon [at] curie.fr; marina.pinskaya [at] curie.fr

Project 8

Role of architectural proteins in the spatial organization of the Bombyx mori genome and Mitotic chromosome architecture in holocentric insects

Thesis supervisor(s): Héloïse Muller
Research group:
Evolution of centromeres and chromosome segregation
Email contact of the supervisor: heloise.muller [at] curie.fr

Project 9

Investigating innovative dose delivery methods to optimize the effectiveness of novel radiotherapy techniques

Thesis supervisor(s): Yolanda Prezado & Jason Parsons
Research group:
New Approaches in RAdiotherapy (NARA)
Email contact of the supervisor: Yolanda.prezado [at] curie.fr

Project 10

Diffusion of active transporters in bio membranes

Thesis supervisor(s): Raju Regmi & Patricia Bassereau
Research group:
Membranes and Cellular Functions
Email contact of the supervisors: raju.regmi [at] curie.fr, patricia.bassereau [at] curie.fr

Project 11

Characterization of alternative splicing programs associated with developmental origins of medulloblastoma

Thesis supervisor(s): Olivier Saulnier & Olivier Ayrault
Research group:
Genomics and Development of Childhood Cancers
Email contact of the supervisor: olivier.saulnier [at] curie.fr

Project 12

Active sorting of cancer cells and fibroblasts

Thesis supervisor(s): Pascal Silberzan
Research group:
Biology-inspired Physics at MesoScales
Email contact of the supervisor: pascal.silberzan [at] curie.fr

Project 13

Comparative Study of Spindle Assembly for Cancer Therapy

Thesis supervisor(s): Phong Tran
Research group:
Cytoskeletal Architecture and Cell Morphogenesis
Email contact of the supervisor: phong.tran [at] curie.fr

Project 14

Unravelling RNA G4 functions in alternative splicing events: underlying the role of G4 ligand stabilization

Thesis supervisor(s): Daniela Verga & Jean-Louis Mergny
Research group:
Targeting of Nucleic Acids and Photolabelling Approaches
Email contact of the supervisor: daniela.verga [at] curie.fr

Project 15

The molecular machinery of galectin-driven endocytosis

Thesis supervisor(s): Christian Wunder & Ludger Johannes
Research group:
Endocytic Trafficking and Intracellular Delivery
Email contact of the supervisor: Ludger.Johannes [at] curie.fr

Project 16



  • December 2023: opening of the Call for Applications
  • Deadline to send your application to the PI(s): March 31, 2024

To apply for the first call of the IC-PhD program, please follow the steps:



>> Check the eligibility criteria



>> Gather the required documents



>> Send your application to the PI of the research team you are applying to


PhD contract and training

>> Check out all the information about the PhD contract and training


Information contact: ic.phd [at] curie.fr


Our previous International PhD Programs

>> EuReCa (Europe, Reasearch and Care)

>> IC-3i


Candidates must be in possession of (or be about to obtain) a European master’s degree or equivalent master’s degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate in France.



  • CV: maximum 2 pages,
  • All the university degrees (Original+ translated by the applicant in English),
  • University grades transcripts (including those of the ongoing degree, if applicable) illustrating the academic background (Original + translated by the applicant in English),
  • 2 recommendation letters preferably including at least one from a previous internship supervisor,
  • 1-page motivation letter for the PhD project.

Note: The laureates have to provide original diplomas and a proof of acceptance by the doctoral school before the signature of the contract. 



  • Composition: experts from Institut Curie and from other institutions.
  • Candidates will be evaluated on their CV, professional experience and motivation.