Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering, and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however, the focus of the work is on the advancement of knowledge in life science. As of December 2015, over 110 PhDs have been granted to FdV fellows studying topics at the frontiers of life science, and over 120 are currently in pursuit of their degree.
“Frontières du Vivant” (FdV) projects involve interactions between a broad range of academic disciplines, in the pursuit of understanding living systems. Students who join the doctoral school are trained in various disciplines (e.g. biology, physics, medicine, economy, linguistics) from around the world.
The Ph.D. at the FdV program represents a combination of research experience gained in the hosting lab and experience in interdisciplinary science-related activities gained through the doctoral school. Students are required to complete the FdV training program, which consists of at least 300 hours of training. Half of the hours must be completed through FdV approved courses, workshops, or activities and the remainder may be completed through external programs, international conferences, summer schools, etc.
The doctoral school does not require a determined number of publications to authorize the defense. However, it recommends that students are involved in 3 publications during their thesis:
- One research article was written with the lab, not necessarily as lead author, and not necessarily on the student’s main subject.
- One review type article, taking advantage of the work of interdisciplinary synthesis expected by the school.
- One research article as lead author on the student’s main subject.
Approval to defend the thesis is granted by the doctoral school director. The director will consider the following: the Thesis Advisory Committee recommendations, research achievements, publications or dissemination of the work in a thesis, and completion of the doctoral school training program including courses, conferences, and involvement in the FdV doctoral program.
Featured Life Science projects
- Randomness and variability in animal embryogenesis, a multi-scale approach
- The developmental polarity and morphogenesis of a single cell
- Unraveling the neural circuitry of sequence-based navigation using a combined for imaging and computational approach
- Mechanotransduction regulation of mesoderm invagination and posterior endoderm invagination of the Drosophila embryo
- Symmetry breaking and Cell polarization imposed by an external mechanical cue
Featured Frontiers of Life Science Projects
Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering, and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however, the focus of the work is on the advancement of knowledge in life science.
The following featured dissertations received the highest honors from their defense committees: Mention Très honorable avec Félications
This grade is reserved for candidates with exceptional skills proven by their achievements and the quality of their thesis defense. It can be awarded only if a) there is a unanimous agreement of the thesis jury members under an anonymous vote and b) the jury president writes and signs an additional report justifying this distinction.
Cost & Fees
The FdV Ph.D. 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 ensure that the eligible candidate is admitted in the FdV program.
In the application to the FdV Ph.D. program, students propose the Ph.D. project (1 project per applicant), the Ph.D. supervisor, and hosting lab. Applicants may define a new Ph.D. project with any Paris region laboratory, or they may choose a Ph.D. project proposed for the FdV program by a Paris region lab. Applicants are encouraged to browse the list of lab proposals and list of previous and current FdV fellow hosting labs.
The 2016-2017 application will open in January 2016. The application 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
- Statements of motivation and interest
- 3-4 page interdisciplinary Ph.D. project proposal
- 3-4 letters of recommendation (letters from Ph.D. supervisors are required)
- Curriculum vitae
- Photo of yourself
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