‘Why are there still so few women in science?’ asked a tribune in the New York Times in October 2014.

The newspaper quoted a study published by Yale in 2013 proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. This study also provides evidence that only one-fifth of physics PhDs in the United States are awarded to women and only half of those women are American.

As an answer to what seems to be an international debate and a genuine concern in the United States, Institut Curie is a rare exception with 66% of women working across its hospital and research center and with half of its labs being managed by women.

Finance Grants for Women in Science

The Curie Institute wants to launch Marie Curie Grants because its research is international in scope, and the fight against cancer requires common goals shared by the keenest experts around the world.

Financed by private funds, the grant offers young scientist women the financial means to pursue their research at the Curie Institute.

Courses and training at the Institut Curie are particularly aimed at Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, team leaders, Medical students, interns and young physicians interested in clinical and scientific activities within our institute, particularly in its vocation to understand the mechanisms underlying cancer and the treatment of this disease.

The top tier scientific courses touch upon each of the specific research fields that are under investigation in the research units and medical departments.

Training covers a broad spectrum of disciplines ranging from biology, genetics, chemistry, bioinformatics, physical chemistry, pathology to clinical oncology. 

Key numbers:

66% of women

200 master students

240 PhD students

280 postdoc

70 nationalities


Sponsor an American female student through Institut Curie’s international PhD program

This program enables motivated and talented students, having finished their second year of Master (or equivalent), to complete their thesis in cutting-edge teams. This funding is given for a period of 3 years.

Budget: USD 165K over 3 years


Sponsor an American female Post Doc through Institut Curie’s international post-doctoral program

This program, first launched in 1997, is for young post-doctoral researchers from abroad, who would like to continue their research at a laboratory in the Institut Curie Research Centre.

Budget: USD 90K over a year