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2024 Call for PhD proposals

 

The CARe Graduate School’s PhD program is devoted to the training of students in multidisciplinary research topics, from basic science to clinical or pharmacological applications, with a focus on cancer, ageing and/or rejuvenation. PhD research projects are directed by CARe-associated research teams from academic laboratories or partner companies. The EUR CARe PhD program selection will have two phases:

Phase 1: PhD pre-proposals will be submitted to Claire Mendoza (claire.mendoza-berrio@univ-tlse3.fr) and Clemence Grosnit (clemence.grosnit@univ-tlse3.fr) using this template, before evaluation and selection by the CARe Scientific Committee. Deadline for application is March 1st, 2024.

The applications must fall in the field of cancer, aging and/or rejuvenation. In addition, multidisciplinary is highly recommended and proposals must be at the interface of biology and mathematics, computer science, chemistry or physics. Examples are: mathematicians addressing complex biological questions by developing new molecules, tools, technologies or models, possibly doing some bench work, or biologists trained in mathematics, physics, computer sciences, advanced bioinformatics to develop new strategies that would be later questioned/validated in experimental biological settings…

Partnerships between teams from different doctoral schools, and/or foreign universities or industry are strongly encouraged (see scoring below). A short internship abroad (3 to 6-month) is mandatory, the nature of which should be briefly mentioned at this step. The travel and accommodation will be funded by the CARe program.

The scoring system (out of 10) is the following: 

  • Scientific quality of the proposal (5 points)
  • Co-supervision & interdisciplinarity (options 1 to 3 are not cumulative)
    1. If the project involves co-supervision by two teams working on different themes, each affiliated to a distinct disciplinary doctoral school : 2 points (lowest score)
    2. Or if the project includes co-supervision with an industry partner or a foreign university : 3 points (middle score)
    3. Or if the project involves co-supervision with an industry partner or a foreign university, spanning two interdisciplinary fields : 5 points (highest score).

NB: the candidates should not be formally identified at this step.

Upon acceptance, the proposers will be informed on March 11th, 2024, and the proposals will be posted online on CARe’s website and social networks.

Phase 2: PhD candidates for the pre-selected projects will submit the full proposal to Claire Mendoza (claire.mendoza-berrio@univ-tlse3.fr) and Clemence Grosnit (clemence.grosnit@univ-tlse3.fr) using the template that will be made available on CARe’s website.

At this step, PhD candidate must be identified and are asked to send a complete CV. In addition, it is mandatory to provide a full description of the 3-6 months internship, including a signed attestation from the hosting foreign university or from industry.

The files must be submitted as a single PDF before May 10th, 2024. Applicants will defend their proposal in early June 2023, in front of a jury representative of the CARe Graduate School, with delegates from Toulouse partner doctoral schools.

The audition will consist of 12 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of questions. The presentation and the answers to questions have to be done in English.

The presentation must include, in this order, 1 title slide, 1 slide presenting the candidate, one slide presenting a previous research experience. The rest of the slides are dedicated to the presentation of the project (scientific justification of the research project, strategy, methodology, feasibility and risk management), including a description of the internship abroad or in industry. The following criteria will be evaluated by the jury: discussion of a previous research experience, quality of the oral presentation and of the response to questions.

 

 

Registrations for the first year of the Master’s “Bio – Santé”, Cancer, Ageing and Rejuvenation – CARe Graduate School program

 

National and international students registrations for September 2024 are open!

Please send your application by email, in English or French, with the documents listed below as a PDF document to Claire Mendoza (claire.mendoza-berrio@univ-tlse3.fr) and Clémence Grosnit (clemence.grosnit@univ-tlse3.fr), indicating in the message your name, first name, e-mail address, home University, and level of study (last diploma).

  • A curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum);
  • A cover letter describing your skills and knowledge in relation with the Master’s as well as your research interests (2 pages maximum);
  • University results since high school: undergraduate (Bachelor) and postgraduate (if applicable), as well as academic distinctions;
  • A brief description of previously followed university courses, to assess the nature and level of acquired knowledge relevant for this program;
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic faculty member or a past internship supervisor;
  • Results of English proficiency test for non-native English candidates (TOEIC > 750 or TOEFL iBT > 85 or IELTS > 6.5).

The deadline for applications is April 5th, 2024.

CAUTION! 

Students from the following countries: South Africa, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Bahrain, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroun, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, South Corea, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Ecuador, United States, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Qatar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Russia, Senegal, Singapour, Taiwan, Tchad, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam should contact their Espace Campus France to follow the “Etudes en France” procedure in parallel.

French and EU nationals, as well as international students registered in a French university in 2023 – 2024, will need to submit their complete application file on the “Trouver Mon Master” platform between February 26th and March 24th, 2024.

 
 

CARe Graduate School’s Master scholarships

 

Each year, the CARe Graduate School offers the possibility to international students who have been selected to join the Master’s “Bio-santé” on Cancer, Ageing and Rejuvenation to benefit from a two-year scholarship.

Objective of the call: Allow international CARe students to travel, fund their accommodation and personal expenses  during their Master’s studies at the University of Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier.

Amount of the scholarship: 7,000 Euros for the first year of the Master and 4,000 Euros for the second year of the Master, paid monthly from September to June (700 Euros per month during the first year and 400 Euros per month during the second year). A round-trip air ticket will also be covered.

The second year of scholarship will be subjected to the validation of the first year of the Master’s Degree. During the second year, in addition to the 4,000 Euros, students will receive a total amount of around 3,000 Euros of part-time internship gratuities.

Selection criteria:

Students must:

  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in biology, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, physics or related field from a foreign university;
  • Have been selected to join the Master’s “Bio-santé” on Cancer, Ageing and Rejuvenation.

A strong preference will be given to candidates living abroad at the moment of their application and travelling to France to register to CARe’s Master.

The second year of the scholarship is subjected to the validation of the first year of the Master’s Degree.

Application process:

After receiving a positive response to their application to the Master’s “Bio-santé” on Cancer, Ageing and Rejuvenation, international students shall send a letter of interest by email to Claire Mendoza (claire.mendoza-berrio@univ-tlse3.fr) and Clemence Grosnit (clemence.grosnit@univ-tlse3.fr), by June 30, 2024.

 

CARe Graduate School’s internship support

 

  • Incoming mobility

Each year, the CARe Graduate School allows international students to conduct an internship in a CARe’s partner laboratory in Toulouse on Cancer, Ageing and/or Rejuvenation. CARe covers the intern’s gratuities and a round-trip air ticket. The host laboratory may grant additional funding to the intern.

Objective of the call: Allow international students to conduct an internship in a CARe’s partner laboratory in Toulouse.

Amount of the scholarship: The CARe Graduate School will cover the interns’ gratuities to the amount provided by the French law, as well as a round-trip air ticket, for a maximum total amount of 4,500 Euros.

Selection criteria:

Students must:

  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in biology, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, physics or related field from a foreign university;
  • Be registered in a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) program in a foreign university;
  • Be selected to conduct an internship in a CARe’s partner laboratory in Toulouse on Cancer, Ageing and/or Rejuvenation.

Application process:

Applications are welcomed at any time: after receiving a positive response from the partner laboratory, international students shall send an expression of interest and their internship acceptance letter by email to Clemence Grosnit (clemence.grosnit@univ-tlse3.fr) and Claire Mendoza (claire.mendoza-berrio@univ-tlse3.fr).

 

  • Outgoing mobility

The CARe Graduate School also offers the possibility to Master 1, Master 2 and PhD students who are affiliated with CARe’s program to receive a financial support (travel and accommodation) to conduct an international internship from two (2) to six (6) months.

Objective of the call: Allow CARe students to fund travel and accommodation expenses abroad to conduct an internship.

Maximum funding per mobility project: maximum 3,600 Euros for three months and maximum 6,600 Euros for six months. See exact funding per destination and internship duration here.

Selection criteria: Applications must be in the field of cancer, aging and/or rejuvenation. Special attention will be given to proposals at the interface of biology and mathematics, computer science, chemistry or physics.

Application process: At least two (2) months before the beginning of their internship, students shall send to Claire Mendoza (claire.mendoza-berrio@univ-tlse3.fr) and Clémence Grosnit (clemence.grosnit@univ-tlse3.fr) a short description of their internship project, including:

  • Their research topic or programme;
  • The host laboratory and institution details;
  • The contact details of their internship supervisor;
  • The dates of their internship.

Selected students will have the obligation to provide CARe’s Graduate School with their expenses supporting documentation, as well as with their internship agreement, their internship attendance certificate and their internship report.

CARe PhD support

CARe offers the possibility to international PhD students who have been selected to join the Graduate School to benefit from a financial support to contribute to their accommodation fees in Toulouse.

Objective of the call: Allow international PhD students affiliated to CARe to fund their accommodation expenses during their studies or internship at the University of Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier.

Amount of the financial support: 500 Euros per months, for a maximum duration of six months (3 000 Euros), as well as a round-trip air ticket.

Selection criteria:

Students must:

  • Be registered at the CARe Graduate School;
  • Hold a Master’s Degree Diploma (or equivalent) from a foreign university.

A preference will be given to CARe students conducting their PhD in co-tutorship with a foreign university and/or affiliated to a CARe partner University.

Application process:

Applications are welcome at any time.  International PhD students shall submit an application including a 2-page CV and a scientific project (3-page scientific project with background, key objectives and methods). In the scientific project, it should be mentioned how the project meets CARe guidelines (Cancer, Ageing, Rejuvenation; interdisciplinarity). Please send your application by email to Claire Mendoza (claire.mendoza-berrio@univ-tlse3.fr) and Clemence Grosnit (clemence.grosnit@univ-tlse3.fr).

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