Imagine Institute of genetic diseases offers a stimulating and ideal environment to train and develop the career of young researchers, PhD students and post-docs. Imagine has the priority of recruiting the best talents and training tomorrow’s generations by supporting them in their career and offering them programs of excellence throughout their journey.


In 2018, 28% of Imagine Institute members were students, PhD students or post-docs. At heart, Imagine reserves the best welcome for its young researchers and future doctors and helps them to improve their skills in the best conditions.

Recruit and pursue an international career

First European center for research, education and care on genetic diseases, Imagine endeavors to attract talents from around the world, showcase advances and promote the careers of its members beyond our boundaries.

PhD International program:

The program, supported by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, offers doctoral scholarships open to the international recruitment of highly motivated and talented students. Candidates have to hold a full masters in research outside France. Successful candidates join the University of Paris doctoral schools and are welcomed into an Imagine research team.

The call for tenders for this programme is currently closed.

International academic collaborations

Imagine Institute of genetic diseases has initiated a partnership with Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha and signed a collaboration agreement with the Guangzhou Women and Children Medical Center (GWCMC) in China. Imagine will welcome 4 candidates into its laboratories preselected by the Chinese Academy of Medicine and the University of Doha from 2019. 

A simulating environment

In addition to these training programs, Imagine Institute offers an attractive environment and centers to support young researchers.

The Young Researchers Association (YR2I) and the Imagine Sport Association organize various scientific, social and sports events that create connections and synergies between Institute members and the scientific community.

A post-docs café was established at the Institute with the aim of facilitating meetings and interactions between post-docs, delivering training sessions on funding methods dedicated to post-docs, and advising them to apply to research organizations.

Support career beginnings

Some scholarships are also available to help PhD students to finish or continue their science project.

  • Funding for several months, in 4th year, to complete and support their thesis.
  • An Imagine thesis prize to help support a PhD students thesis within a maximum of 3 years and for which the work is published or in the process of being published. This prize helps winners - beyond the PhD of 3 years - to continue their work for 6 to 12 months with a salary equivalent to a junior post-doc, in order to help them finalize their research and complete their file with a view to then applying for a post-doc fellowship.