Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Thanks to the generosity of our U.S. donors, and in collaboration with the Institut Pasteur in Paris, the Pasteur Foundation in New York City administers this program to bring U.S. postdoctoral researchers to work in Pasteur laboratories in Paris.

Three-year fellowship positions are open to U.S. citizens wishing to work in one of the laboratories of the Institut Pasteur. Fellowship packages provide funding for three years. The next call for applications will be announced in fall 2019. Application guidelines and a list of participating laboratories will be listed. To see past participating labs, please see below. For the purposes of this fellowship, facility with the French language is not required, but a desire to learn both the language and culture is encouraged.

Located in Paris and founded by Louis Pasteur in 1887, the Institut Pasteur is one of the world’s leading private nonprofit centers for scientific research including immunology, molecular biology, and the neurosciences. Comprised of a multi-national team of scientists, the Institut Pasteur’s 132 research labs are devoted to basic scientific research, with the goal of improving health globally.

Pasteur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Guidelines


  1. Purpose: The Pasteur FoundationPostdoctoral Fellowship Programs is dedicated to young American researchers who desire to continue their scientific training and pursue their research interests with a long-term research commitment in a laboratory of the Institut Pasteur (IP) in Paris.
  2. Interested and qualified applicants are advised to contact the head of an IP laboratory in which they would like to carry out their research. The list of the different IP laboratories, including a description of their research activities, is available HERE.
  3. Duration of Fellowship: 3 years in the sponsoring laboratory.
  4. Amount: Gross salary is approximately 3,750 € per month. Benefits, including national health care and health insurance, will cost net monthly 25% of salary. In addition to this stipend, bench fees (around 25,000 euros over three years) are allocated to the host lab in support of your activities. Please note that the fellowship does not provide travel or moving allowances or financial support for family members. Benefits also include subsidized meals at the IP canteen.
  5. Application deadline is : TBD.
  6. Anticipated announcement of decisions: 6-7 weeks after the application deadline, but no later than 8 weeks after submission deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants for a Pasteur Foundation Fellowship must meet the following conditions:
  2. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
  3. Applicants should have chosen their host laboratory on the IP campus in Paris before applying. The Pasteur Foundation program does NOT consider applications without a host lab.
  4. Candidates should have received their PhD within the last 4 years in order to qualify for a Fellowship.
  5. Applications from Post-doctoral fellows already working or associated with IP or on the Pasteur campus at the time of application will be considered as non-priority compared to newcomers applications. 
  6. The host IP laboratory can only endorse one application per session, and fellowships will not be awarded to the same laboratory in two consecutive calls for candidates.
  7. The proposed research program must be achievable within the three-year funding.

Application Submission

The documents listed below should be e-mailed in one single PDF file to and

  1. Completed Pasteur Foundation Application form (see attached)
  2. Presentation letter from the host IP lab head
  3. Scanned copy of the candidate’s passport or ID (pages showing your photograph, identification and citizenship)

TO BE PROVIDED SEPARATELY: Two reference letters sent directly from recommenders to and to before the deadline.

Selection Process of Pasteur Foundation Fellows

A fellowship committee, who will consider both the candidate’s experience and scientific achievements and the novelty and biological significance of the proposed research project, will assess all eligible applications. The needs of the Institut Pasteur, including strategic priorities, will be taken into account in the final decision.


For any other information, please contact Pasteur Foundation New York via e-mail: