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The 2019 FIRE Doctoral School application is now closed.

Application information

In the application to the FIRE 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 FIRE program by a Paris region lab. Applicants are encouraged to browse the list of lab proposals and list of previous and current FIRE fellow hosting labs.

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

The 2019-2020 application is now closed. The application form 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 84 25 67 98 or  by email to camille.gaulon@cri-paris.org

Important Dates for the 2019 FIRE Application

  • Application opens: Monday, 3 February 2020
  • Application deadline: Friday, 3 April 2020 at 23:59
  • Application review results: Friday, 24 April 2020
  • Invitations sent to students for interview: early May 2020
  • Interviews in Paris: Monday, 1 June – Friday, 5 June 2020
  • Eligible candidates with confirmed funding are admitted (personal funding, lab funding or FIRE funding): June-September 2020
  • First mandatory workshop for FIRE students: Early September 2020


  • Master degree or equivalent; this typically includes 5 years of higher education, or contributions to scientific publications.
  • Interdisciplinary PhD projects, ideally tackling questions and/or using methods that are novel for the hosting lab – 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 FIRE PhD program

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


The FIRE 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 FIRE program.