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Students admitted to the FIRE PhD program have a strong background in at least one of the disciplines relevant to their research project, demonstrate the quality and originality of the research project in view of its interdisciplinary, and show a proven interest in interdisciplinarity and the FIRE PhD program.

The FIRE PhD program is supported by many institutions that offer fellowships to the top-ranked students. This include fellowships from the Universities (doctoral contracts), the regions, and some foundations. Since the doctoral school will not be able to support all the eligible candidates (around 10 out of the 30 students admitted every year), students and their supervisors are encouraged to apply independently to funding available from other institutions, to insure the eligible candidate to be admitted in the FIRE program.