Become a FIRE PhD student

Applications for 2023 will open on February 13th.

All candidates must complete this online application form whether or not they have identified or even secured funding for their PhD salary (doctoral contract from the University, CIFRE, European program, ANR, etc.)


Master degree or equivalent; this typically includes 5 years of higher education

Interdisciplinary PhD projects, tackling questions and/or using methods that are novel for the hosting lab – see some examples of PhD projects

Strong background of the student in at least one of the disciplines relevant to the PhD project

Hosting lab in the Paris region (at least one lab if co-supervision is proposed)

Motivation and contribution (by the student and the lab) to the FIRE PhD program

Key dates
  • Application opens: 13th February 2023

  • Application deadline: 3rd April 2023 at 23:59 (Paris time)

  • Pre-selection results: Early may, 2023

  • Interviews: 29th May - 2nr June 2023

  • Eligible candidates with confirmed funding are admitted (personal funding, lab funding or FIRE funding): June-September 2023

  • First mandatory workshop for FIRE students: early September 2023


The FIRE PhD program is supported by several partner institutions that offer fellowships to students according to their ranking after the interviews. These include fellowships from the Universities (doctoral contracts), EURIP, INRA, ITMO Cancer and Servier.

Since the doctoral school and its partners are not able to support all the eligible candidates, students and their supervisors are encouraged to apply for funding available from other institutions and organizations (see below).

Candidates that have already secured funding are also interviewed by the International Scientific Committee to determine their eligibility for the FIRE PhD program.

PhD project proposals

Labs looking for PhD candidates can submit online here PhD project proposals (this is not mandatory for the FIRE application process). After internal validation, it will be published on the same platform.

PhD candidates can also check the proposed PhD projects on that platform and contact the supervisor if they find an interesting project.

Please note that students applying to one of these PhD proposals will also go through the FIRE application process (in other words, these proposals will be evaluated as others).

  • Personal information
  • Supervisor(s) and hosting laboratory(ies)
  • Potential funding
  • Educational background
  • Previous research experience
  • Personal and motivation statements
  • PhD project proposal (4 pages max)
  • 3-4 letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
Funding sources

The following sources may be of interest to students and labs who are looking for funding sources.

  • Université de Paris: list of fundings

  • iEUD: list of fundings

  • Université de Paris - International fellowships

  • Région Île-de-France

  • Ville de Paris - CIFRE

  • Campus France – Bourses d’Excellence Eiffel (updated for 2023)

  • Cité du Genre (updated for 2023)

  • Institut des Amériques (updated for 2021)

  • Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) (updated for 2023)

  • Pasteur Paris-University (PPU)

  • INCEPTION program (updated for 2022)

  • Inria-Inserm PhD on Digital health

  • Fondation pour l'Audition

  • Fondation Vaincre Alzheimer

  • Association Huntington France

  • Programme PAUSE for scientists in exile

Can you provide housing arrangements ?

Few individual studios may be available for fellows under 30 years old. However, we can make some recommendations and facilitate your search.

Do you have (insert your favorite science toy) available ?

Generally, we have: On the Biology side: a fully equipped microbiology, and molecular biology lab, with FACS, liquid-handling TECAN robot, multiple fluorescence microscopes, and microfluidics setup for bacterial cultures. On MakerSpace side: several 3D printers, laser cutters, basic mechanical tools.

The full list would be too long (and also constantly growing/changing), so it would be best to just send us an email and ask for any specifics! We strongly encourage collaborations with local Paris labs who may have the equipment you need. Also, you can certainly use your research money to purchase any additional equipment and we may be able to contribute if the equipment would be generally useful for multiple projects at CRI Research.

Are there any teaching obligations ?

No. However, we expect you will be actively involved in mentoring students at all levels. We also encourage you to do occasional teaching in undergraduate, master or PhD courses, and generally be involved in CRI’s education and outreach activities.

Who can I contact for more info ?

You can write to us at

Can I work in a host laboratory outside of CRI ?

Some of the FIRE PhD students do their research in a CRI lab (UMR 1284) but most of them work with external labs.