The FdV PhD program offers a limited number of fellowships to eligible candidates to fund their PhD studies. Fellowships are awarded according to the ranking of the candidates by the International Scientific Committee after the interviews. Since the graduate school will not be able to support all the eligible candidates, fellows and their supervisors are strongly encouraged to apply for funding from other institutions. Candidates that have already secured funding at the time of submitting their application will still be interviewed by the International Scientific Committee to determine their eligibility for the FdV PhD program.

Alternative funding sources

– The IIFR offers partial funding for doctoral students at the beginning of 2017 within the Doctoral School 474 (FdV, CRI – Sorbonne Paris Cité). The selected projects will receive a thesis grant for 2 years (2/3 IIFR, 1/3 other to be found before the contract is signed). The application procedure is available online. Topics will include pedagogical innovation, learning through research, participatory science, games of scientific discovery, frugal science, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality / augmented reality, big data, Disintermediation (blockchain).

The topic presented should include component (1) and one of the following two components:

1) an innovative or fundamental research component

2) a component on training and learning related to the previous component (pedagogical kit, creation of a course, a practical course, a game or a MOOC …)

3) a component on citizen engagement and scientific mediation (declination of a problematic as an open challenge, scientific discovery game, kit to collect and analyze data …)

– The Paris Descartes University that hosts the FdV PhD program has listed many sources of possible fundings for a PhD in France.

– L’iEDU has published a summary of diverse funding opportunities on its website and offers a newsletter to keep informed. Listed fundings concern Master or PhD students, postdocs, researchers, etc.

Past Funding Calls

Most of deadlines for the calls below have now past, but these sources may be of interest to eager students who are researching funding sources for 2017-2018 academic year.

NanoSciences Ile de France Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to neuroscience.

Deadline: Ongoing

DIM Astrea Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to agriculture, environmental sciences, food supply and their impact on society.

Deadline: February 9, 2015

L’Institut des Systèmes Complexes Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to “Problématiques transversales aux systèmes complexes,” a full list of topics is available here.

Deadline: February 15, 2015

DGA Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to natural and life sciences and humanities and social sciences, see complete list here.

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Institut francilien des atomes froids Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to nano sciences, see full list here.

Deadline: February 16, 2015

Le DIM ACAV Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to cosmology, solar physics, astrophysics, celestial mechanics, planetology, exobiology and astrochemistry

Deadline: February 16, 2015


For thesis topics related to stem cells, reprogramming , modeling, therapeutic approaches , cell therapy, gene therapy, and developmental biology

Deadline: February 20, 2015

Le CORDDIM Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to cardiovascular disease, obesity, kidney disease, and diabetes.

Deadline: February 27, 2015

Cancéropôle Île-de-France Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to cancer, intratumoral heterogeneity, human and social sciences

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Le DIM Analytics Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to analytical sciences: nanosciences, miniaturization, biotechnology, smart sensors, processing and transfer of information.

Deadline: March 4, 2015

Le DIM & Cerveau Pensée Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, and cognition.

Deadline: March 6, 2015

LECMA Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics on basic and translational research related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Deadline: March 13, 2015

RDMath Ile de France Doctoral Grants

For thesis topics related to mathematics and interaction with environmental and life sciences.

Deadline: June 1, 2015