International PhD Program


Today, I fully realize the high level of research conducted at the Institut Imagine and the great asset it is for my career. The Institut Imagine offers a stimulating environment for young researchers, with cutting-edge platforms close to laboratories, to conduct research at a level of excellence, in an environment that combines academics, clinicians, and entrepreneurs.

Julien Ettersperger, PhD, Head of the Biotherapy Division at Medicen

The Project

“International PhD Program”: a recruitment program aimed at attracting high-potential doctoral students who hold a full Master’s degree in research obtained outside France. 
This ambitious program was created in 2013 with the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.

The selected candidates, recruited for 3 or even 4 years at a rate of 3 students per class, enter into one of the doctoral schools of the Université Paris Cité and join one of the Institut Imagine’s 28 research laboratories. Concretely, this means they benefit from the most modern facilities and a multidisciplinary, ultra-stimulating, and multicultural scientific environment, where more than 35 nationalities are represented. They are trained alongside the best geneticists in teams where doctors, scientific researchers, and medical researchers collaborate.

A thesis monitoring committee provides individual feedback, mentoring and personalized advice to each student.

In other words, we meet the best conditions for the most experienced students to join us, but also to express their talents, learn, and grow.

Context & Objectives

At the Institut Imagine, people make the difference. Our teams, in which the PhD students play an integral role, are “the crux” of our fight against genetic diseases. The level of performance of our students is decisive: the development of their work and the acceleration of their discoveries in our laboratories contribute to the emergence of innovative treatments for children suffering from genetic diseases.

This sophisticated and attractive recruitment program aims to rally the best young talents to our cause, but also to pass on knowledge and a state of mind to them. Because at the Institut Imagine, research is not a targeted end in itself. Above all, we seek to treat patients, support their families, and make medical progress.

Today it is those students who, thanks the network of high-level alumni that they will form , will rise to the scientific challenges of tomorrow and enable the Institut Imagine to remain at the forefront of genetic research. A solid network of excellence, guaranteeing future international cooperations.

Amount to fund
87 K€
Per year, per student, for 3 to 4 years
surrounding budget : scholarship, equipment, support and guidance

Over 5 years, the Institut Imagine wishes to offer 3 doctoral fellowships per year for a duration of 3 to 4 years each.

The scholarship program may take the name of the sponsor or the name of the sponsor’s choice.

If desired, the sponsor is invited to participate as an observer in the recruitment interviews and to meet regularly the students.