Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Mérieux Doctors Chair

Mérieux Doctors Chair

Each year, the Mérieux Doctors Chair (Chaire Docteurs Mérieux) enables a researcher or research-teaching fellow working in a developing country on a subject related to infectious diseases and zoonosis to be hosted by a French laboratory. The researcher works in the French laboratory for an academic year (9 months) and contributes to the development of a research program.

The Mérieux Doctors Chair was created by the French National Academy of Medicine, the French Academy of Sciences and the Institut de France, thanks to funding from Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux.

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The Chair’s primary goals:

  • Support scientific and medical research in developing countries, while providing the host laboratory with the recipient’s expertise,

  • Build ties between French laboratories and research and teaching institutions in developing countries,

  • Foster knowledge-sharing and exchange, abolishing borders between human and veterinary medicine and geographic barriers.

Profil requis

The Mérieux Doctors Chair is different from scholarships since it gives the host laboratory the opportunity to have a high-level foreign researcher join its team.

The candidate must conduct research in the field of infectious disease and zoonosis in a developing country. He or she must be a confirmed researcher or research-teaching fellow with published work.

The ability to speak French is also a requirement.

Selection process

The researcher is recruited based on the proposal of a host laboratory and selected by a jury comprised of members of the National Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Sciences and two representatives designated by Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux.


The scientist who is selected will join the host laboratory at the beginning of the academic year in September.

The laboratory where the researcher is based, in his or her home country, receives compensation from Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux to ensure the researcher maintains his or her salary and position in the laboratory where he or she is originally based.

The host laboratory receives funding from Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux to cover the researcher’s travel costs. There is also a monthly stipend which is given to the researcher in addition to the salary he or she receives from the home laboratory to cover the cost of living in France.

The host laboratory covers the social protection and administrative costs for the winning candidate.


Applications for the next session should be sent before December 31, 2015.

For more information:

Catherine Hallais

E-mail: Send an e-mail
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 34 57 78

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