Important Dates for the 2017 FdV Application

Applications for 2017 round now closed!

  • Application opens: Monday, 6 February 2017
  • Application deadline: Friday, 7 April 2017 at 23:59
  • Application review results: Friday, 28 April 2016
  • Invitations sent to students for interview: early May 2017
  • Interviews in Paris: Monday, 29 May – Friday, 2 June 2017
  • Eligible candidates with confirmed funding are admitted (personal funding, lab funding or FdV funding): June-September 2017
  • First mandatory workshop for FdV students: Early September 2017

Application information

In the application to the FdV PhD program, students propose the PhD project (1 project per applicant), the PhD supervisor, and hosting lab. Applicants may define a new PhD project with any Paris region laboratory, or they may choose a PhD project proposed for the FdV program by a Paris region lab. Applicants are encouraged to browse the list of lab proposals and list of previous and current FdV fellow hosting labs.

Please read more about the FdV program, which welcomes proposals at the frontiers of life science, learning, and discovery.

The 2017-2018 application opened in February 2017. The application will request the following:

  • Personal information and contact details
  • Supervisor(s) and your hosting laboratory (Paris region mandatory)
  • Potential funding
  • Education history
  • Language proficiency
  • Previous research experience
  • Publications
  • Statements of motivation and interest
  • 3-4 page interdisciplinary PhD project proposal
  • 3-4 letters of recommendation (letters from PhD supervisors are required)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Photo of yourself

No email submissions will be accepted, you need to complete the online application form

Should you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us by phone : +33 1 76 53 11 22 or  by email


  • Master degree or equivalent; this typically includes 5 years of higher education, or contributions to scientific publications.
  • Interdisciplinary PhD projects only – read about past projects
  • Hosting laboratory must be in the Paris region (one lab must be in the Paris region if co-supervisors proposed)


The PhD program Council selects and attributes funding to the candidates interviewed and ranked by the International Scientific Committee. The main criteria for selection of students are :

  • Strong background in at least one of the disciplines relevant to their research project
  • Quality and originality of the research project in view of its interdisciplinarity
  • Proven interest in interdisciplinarity and the FdV PhD program

Candidates that have already secured funding will still be interviewed by the International Scientific Committee to determine their eligibility for the FdV PhD program.


The FdV PhD program is supported by many institutions that offer fellowships to students according to their ranking after the interviews. These include fellowships from the Universities (doctoral contracts), the regions, and some foundations. However, the doctoral school will not be able to support all of the eligible candidates, so students and their supervisors are encouraged to apply independently to funding available from other institutions to insure that the eligible candidate is admitted in the FdV program.