EuReCa 2023

EuReCa International PhD Program

Institut Curie's COFUND program

The fourth and last call for applications is now closed. The new Institut Curie International PhD Program is IC-PhD.


What is EuReCa?


EuReCa (Europe Research & Care) is Institut Curie’s international PhD Program which provides PhD students with an excellent interdisciplinary, inter-sectorial, and international training. It includes a personalized career development plan, coaching, mentoring and the possibility of undertaking secondments in partners' institutions.

What is Institut Curie ?

A leading player in the fight against cancer, Institut Curie brings together an internationally-renowned Research Center and an advanced Hospital Group that provides care for all types of cancer. Founded in 1909 by Marie Curie, Institut Curie comprises three sites (Paris, Saint-Cloud and Orsay), where more than 3,500 members of staff are dedicated to achieving three objectives: hospital care; scientific research; and the sharing of knowledge and the preservation of legacy.

As a private foundation that is recognized as serving the public interest, Institut Curie is supported by donations and grants. This support is used to fund discoveries that will improve treatments and the quality of life of cancer patients.

EuReCa PhD fellows will 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 organised in 6 research areas and a translational department:



Current PhD positions

Histone variant H3.3 and cellular programs during development and cancer

Thesis supervisor(s): Geneviève Almouzni & Iva Simeonova

Research group: Chromatin Dynamics

Project 1

Optical Mapping on single chromosomes of DSB repair events by recombination in normal and cancer cells

Thesis supervisor(s): Valerie Borde

Research group: Chromosome dynamics and recombination

Project 2

Polymer modeling of local chromosome dynamics upon gene induction

Thesis supervisor(s): Antoine Coulon & Vittore Scolari

Research group: Genome Functions in Space and Time

Project 3

The role of mechano-chemical cues in vertebrate axial patterning and somite generation

Thesis supervisor(s): Karine Guevorkian and Benoit Sorre

Research group: Dynamic Control of Signaling and Gene Expression

Project 4

Temperature scaling of gene regulatory networks for C. elegans larval development

Thesis supervisor(s): Wolfgang Keil & Christopher M. Hammell

Research group: Quantitative Developmental Biology

Project 5

Investigating the role of Polycomb in epigenetic regulation and inheritance during mouse germline formation and embryogenesis: study of a new member of the PRC2 complex, EZHIP (Ezh2 Inhibitory Protein) using transgenic model

Thesis supervisor(s): Raphaël Margueron

Research group: Mechanisms of Repression by Polycomb Proteins

Project 6

Deciphering the dynamics of gene co-expression at the single cell level to understand patterning and epithelium-to-mesenchyme transition in development and cancer

Thesis supervisor(s): Anne-Hélène Monsoro-Burq

Research group: Signaling and Neural Crest Development

Project 7

Contribution of the roles of RNA species in the regulation of the human NHEJ-factor KU functions during DNA replication

Thesis supervisor(s): Vincent Pennaneach & Sarah Lambert

Research group: DNA Recombination, Replication and Genome Stability

Project 8

Application process

Applicants have to complete an online application form in English when the call is open. They may apply for 1 or 2 thesis project(s) without an order of preference. Incomplete and unsubmitted applications will not be eligible. No application will be accepted after the deadline January 13th, 2023 at 4:00pm CET (GMT +1). 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 European Master’s degree or equivalent master's degree (translated by the applicant in English) if already available,
  • a copy of the university grade transcript from the Master’s degree or equivalent master's degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate (translated by the applicant in English) if already available,
  • 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 referees have enough time to upload the recommendation letter online. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the 2 recommendation letters are uploaded by the referee before the call ends.


Applicant's Guide

>> Download the 2023 applicant's guide <<


Recruitment process

Main steps

EuReCa Timeline 2023

Eligibility criteria

  • Early-stage researchers (ESR) shall at the call deadline be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
  • Applicants from all countries are eligible. The applicants may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call's first deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/ or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • Applicants must be in possession of (or be about to obtain) a European master degree or equivalent master's degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.

For more information, please download the Applicant’s Guide (PDF).


Benefits of completing a EuReCa PhD


Excellence in research

The EuReCa programme fundamental objective is to provide excellent, multidisciplinary and intersectoral training to ESRs in cancer research, while generating new scientific advances in different fields. By attracting promising and talented young researchers our ambition is to build a multifaceted community able to communicate, interact, build and share expertise to tackle the challenges of cancer.


International environment

More than 80 nationalities are represented at Institut Curie. The university accredited international courses offered on campus and abroad gather students from all over the world and enable networking opportunities. As associate member of PSL Research University, Institut Curie is part of a trans-disciplinary world-class research and training center. Institut Curie’s involvement in the EU-Life Alliance also offers international course and secondment opportunities. In collaboration with a European partner institute, the students’ association organizes an annual scientific meeting that allows lively interactions as well.


Personalized Career Development Plan (PCDP)

Throughout their thesis, ESRs will be designing their Career Development Plan in accordance with their career track. They will benefit from coaching sessions, courses and training, take part in out-of-the-lab internships and various activities on campus.

  • University accredited international courses
  • Transferrable skills courses
  • Hands-on training on scientific techniques & apparatus
  • Career Development workshops
  • Public engagement activities
  • Out-of-the-lab internships
  • Secondments


PhD supervision, mentoring & thesis committee meetings

All ESRs will be supervised by a researcher holding an Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (HDR), a diploma which authorizes the supervision of research.

At their arrival, they will choose a mentor to guide them throughout their thesis. They organize yearly PhD thesis committee meetings with their thesis supervisor(s), their mentor and a representative of their doctoral school. These meetings are required by the university to follow the progress of the thesis.


Cutting-edge transversal & core facilities

ESRs will benefit from top-notch technology platforms and equipment for scientific imaging, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. Training will be provided by the platform managers.


Links with industry & partners

This program is run in close partnership with L’Oréal, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, CryoCapCell and Institut Roche as well as public and academic European & American partners. With a strong record of scientific collaborations with industrial partners, Institut Curie offers ESRs the possibility to screen for industrial partners all along their project; as well as to receive training on intellectual property, startup set up, interaction with the industrial sector job market…

Institut Curie also offers opportunities for secondments with its membership in the EU-Life Alliance.


A Students’ Association (Adic) deeply involved in Research

Institut Curie’s students and postdocs’ association (ADIC) enables ESRs to get involved in the organization of conferences, the Young Researchers Life Sciences Congress, career development workshops and social events. Its aim is to represent young researchers at Institut Curie, facilitate their access to the work market, reinforce their role in the scientific life of the institute and promote doctoral training.


Annual scientific meeting

PhD fellows organize and participate in the Young Researchers Life Sciences Congress organized by ADIC together with another European institute. It is a great opportunity for young researchers’ career development as they all present their research work with a poster, a short talk or an elevator pitch.


Travel Grants

ESRs can apply for travel grants covering travel, accommodation or registration fees. They can also ask for financial help from their host laboratory to attend meetings, summer schools, conferences or courses abroad.


Conferences on campus

Institut Curie researchers benefit from around 300 conferences in English on campus each year. Speakers are Institut Curie researchers and physicians as well as renowned international scientists.


Registration at a French University

Institut Curie is an associate member of PSL Research University. This university groups 24 partner institutions and aims at promoting laboratories with international visibility, attracting internationally renowned researchers and building an integrated approach for top-level research and training. Most of Institut Curie laboratories are affiliated with PSL.


Institut Curie organizes a yearly PhD Graduation Ceremony to celebrate all PhD students who defend their thesis.

With elevator pitches and testimonials, this event is an opportunity to gather laureates, talk about their future, and connect with the Institut Curie Alumni network.

>> See previous ceremonies



Housing at the CIUP

Housing is secured for EuReCa PhD fellows. Institut Curie has booked student accommodations at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP). The monthly rent is paid by the PhD fellow (Single room: 599 € per month for students under 30 years - 681 € per month for students over 30 years).


Signature of contract

From their formal acceptance to the EuReCa PhD Program, PhD fellows are in contact with the English speaking staff from Institut Curie’s Human Resources Department and the EuReCa Management Team to organize their arrival. They will get help for their visa application, residence permit, and other administrative procedures like social security and insurance among others.


Registration at a French University

All EuReCa PhD fellows will be registered with a partner university and affiliated with a Doctoral School.


French language courses on campus

Institut Curie’s Training Unit and the student’s association (ADIC) offer extensive and intensive French courses for PhD students throughout their thesis.


Induction period & Welcome meeting

At their arrival in September, PhD students will have an induction period for a smooth integration at the institute in France. They will have time dedicated for administrative & orientation activities.

PhD fellows are also invited to attend the welcome meeting organized by the Training Unit, presenting courses available on campus and explaining the Career Development Plan.




As Institut Curie employees, PhD fellows benefit from various advantages among which subsidized access to cafeteria for lunch and sports on Campus in Paris (PSL Sports) & Orsay.


The Students’ association

The student’s association Adic organizes social events on a regular basis. These informal meetings help students to network and get acquainted.


>> FAQ


>> Previous international PhD program IC-3i

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions grant agreement no 847718.