Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship 2024

  • Partial Funding (Funding Up to €50,000)
  • France Universities
  • PhD
  • International Students
  • France
  • 04/30/2024
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Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarships.Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarships.

Description for Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship:

Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship 2024 is open for International Students . The scholarship allows PhD level program(s) in the field of taught at France Universities . The deadline of the scholarship is expired at 30 Apr 2024.

Degree Level for Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship:

Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship 2024 is available to undertake PhD level programs at France Universities.

Available Subjects for Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship:

Following subject are available to study under this scholarship program.

    Benefits for Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship:

    The Mérieux Foundation and IRD are excited to announce a collaborative PhD scholarship opportunity for the 2024-2025 academic year. This prestigious scholarship offers:

    • Funding: Up to €50,000 over 36 months to support your living expenses. The monthly stipend is based on the local junior researcher salary scale (details in the link down below).
    • Research Experience: Gain valuable experience conducting your PhD thesis in a professional research setting. You'll develop essential research skills for your future career.

    Focus and Collaboration:

    • Thesis Project: Your doctoral program must be part of a collaborative project between IRD and Mérieux Foundation.
    • Strengthening Expertise: The project should aim to enhance the diagnostic and research capabilities of laboratories within the GABRIEL network, with a focus on Rodolphe Mérieux Labs.
    • IRD Collaboration: Your thesis work should demonstrate clear connections with IRD's research expertise to maximize the benefits of their involvement.
    • Long-Term Vision: The selection committee will consider the potential for your long-term contribution to the lab where you receive your training.

    Scholarship Agreement:

    Upon selection, a formal agreement will be signed outlining the specifics of the financial support and the responsibilities of each party. The scholarship funds will be paid directly to the host laboratory's administration for the sole purpose of financing your PhD research.

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    Eligible Nationalities for Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship:

    This scholarship is open to international students of all nationalities.

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    Eligibility Criteria for Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship:

    Eligibility Criteria for Host Research Laboratory:


    1. Scientific Guidance: The laboratory commits to providing the PhD student with the necessary scientific supervision to ensure a professional doctoral program experience.
    2. Social Security: The laboratory agrees to provide the scholarship recipient with social security coverage for the duration of the award.
    3. Scholarship Management: The laboratory agrees to manage the scholarship funds collaboratively through a signed agreement. Overhead costs are not covered by the scholarship and can be considered as the laboratory's co-funding contribution.

    Application Requirements:


    • Doctoral Enrollment: Applicants must be registered PhD students in a French doctoral school for the 2024-2025 academic year. Applicants enrolled in co-tutelle programs with a home country doctoral school are also eligible.
    • Thesis Completion: Students who are not actively completing their current thesis are eligible to apply.

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    Application Procedure for Merieux Foundation - IRD Joint PhD Scholarship:

    Application Requirements:

    Required Documents:
    1. Curriculum Vitae: Include your professional background and qualifications.
    2. Motivation Letter (1 page maximum): Briefly explain your interest in this scholarship and your research goals. State the French doctoral school where you'll be enrolled and the names of your thesis supervisors (Director(s) or co-director(s)) from both the GABRIEL Network Lab and the IRD Research team.
    3. Thesis Project (3 pages maximum): Provide a detailed description of your proposed research project.
    4. Letter from Host Laboratory Director (1 page maximum): This letter should outline your expected career path within the host laboratory upon completion of your PhD.
    5. Letter of Commitment (if applicable): If your thesis involves collaboration with an international institution, include a letter of commitment from that institution.
    6. Letters of Commitment from Thesis Supervisors: Include letters confirming commitment from all your thesis director(s) and co-director(s).
    Important Dates:
    • Application Opens: March 14, 2024
    • Application Deadline: April 30, 2024 (be sure to meet this deadline!)
    • Interview Notification: Shortlisted candidates will be informed by email by May 13, 2024
    • Agreement Signing: September 2024
    Language and Submission:
    • Applications can be submitted in French or English. You can download the application form here
    • Send your complete application electronically to both the Mérieux Foundation ( and the IRD (
    Selection Committee:

    The selection committee consists of 3 representatives each from the IRD and the Mérieux Foundation.

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