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FAQ's: Frequently asked questions

To answer your questions about TULIP-GS: The Graduate school

-Q: What is TULIP? TULIP is a French scientific community performing high quality international researches at the interface between plant and microbial biology, as well as in ecology, evolution and biodiversity. We study the biological mechanisms of interactions at all scales of living organization, from the molecular scale to the scale of interactions of organisms within populations and ecological communities, as well as the time scales of evolution.

Our ambition today is to train and attract the best candidates to amplify our interdisciplinary approach to help design new knowledge-based decision-making tools that allow our companies to make informed decisions that respect the environment while taking into account their economic and societal viability.   

-Q : Who makes up TULIP laboratories? TULIP laboratories are made up of university assistant-professors and professors, researchers, engineer and technicians, administrative staff, post-doctoral researchers, PhD, Masters and License students. In total, it's about 700 people

-Q: What is the goal of TULIP-GS?The TULIP Graduate School (TULIP-GS) is the educational extension of the TULIP LabEx. Its objective is to train students at the interface between ecology, evolution and functional biology, using methods and concepts allowing to understand and predict how living organisms are affected by changes in their environment (biotic or abiotic, including global climate changes) and adapt to these changes.

-Q: What is the educational project of TULIP-GS? TULIP-GS aims to develop student autonomy through research-based learning methods. Students integrated in the TULIP Master program will conduct interdisciplinary projects, at the interface between functional biology and ecology/evolution, totally immersed in TULIP research laboratories located in the Occitanie region (Toulouse, Perpignan and Moulis). The detailed program is indicated in the "Master" section of the site.

-Q: What is the TULIP-GS Master? The TULIP-Graduate School Master is a 2-year program aimed at training future engineers and managers of scientific projects in the fields of plant breeding, plant protection, environmental impact studies, ecosystems and biodiversity, and pollution control. The Master also aims to train future teachers and academic researchers, in public or private research, in national and international institutions.

-Q: What background do I need to integrate the TULIP-GS Master program? All students (trained in French or foreign universities, Engineering schools, etc.) having a French Licence, a foreign bachelor’s degree or an equivalent are invited to apply to integrate the first year TULIP-GS Master program. Student having already successfully completed a first year in another French or foreign Master program can apply to directly integrate the TULIP-GS Master program in its second year.

 -Q: How can I integrate the TULIP-GS Master? Each year, the TULIP-GS Master will recruit a maximum of 20 Master students for the first year of training (M1 students) and a maximum of 30 Master students for the second year of training (M2 students). The TULIP-GS Master will officially start in September 2021 with the opening of its first year training program.

  • A jury will select the students in the first and second year of the master's degree according to their academic excellence and their motivation to work at the interface between functional biology and evolutionary ecology.

 -Q: What are the professional activity sectors related to the TULIP-GS Master? The professional activity sectors offered to TULIP-GS graduate students are varied and concern basic research in biology, agriculture, forestry and fishing, environmental management, waste remediation, private companies and public administration.

-Q: In which university will I have to register to study at TULIP-GS? At Paul Sabatier University, through the "ecandidat" platform.

-Q: While doing my master, will it be possible to do my internship in a laboratory abroad? Yes, if I apply to the "Master Mobility Packages" call for offers and if my candidacy is selected by the TULIP-GS jury. This Master Mobility Package will finance your travel and stay expenses linked to your mobility.

-Q: What are the research themes of the laboratories who will be able to host me for an internship? To find out about the research themes of the TULIP laboratories, we invite you to consult the following website of TULIP and the lab web sites (below)

Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes-Microorganismes
UMR CNRS / INRA 2594/441
150 people /Director : Laurent Noel
Chemin de Borde Rouge - BP 52627
31326 - Castanet-Tolosan - FRANCE
Tel.: 05 61 28 50 55

Evolution et Diversité Biologique
110 people/ Director : Jérome Chave
Bâtiment 4R1 Université Paul Sabatier
118, route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse cedex 9, France

Laboratoire de Recherche en Sciences Végétales
90 people/ Director : Bernard Dumas
Pôle de Biotechnologies Végétales
24, chemin de Borde Rouge
B.P. 42617 Auzeville
31326 Castanet-Tolosan
Tel.: 05 34 32 38 01

Station d'écologie théorique et expérimentale de Moulis
UMR 5321 CNRS - Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier
70 people / Director : Michel Loreau
Station d’Écologie Théorique et Expérimentale de Moulis
09200 Moulis
Tel.: 05 61 04 03 60

Laboratoire « Interactions Hôtes-Pathogènes-Environnements
UMR CNRS / UPVD / Ifremer / UM 5244
55 people/ Director: Christophe Grunau
58, Avenue P. Alduy - 66860 Perpignan
Tel.: 04 68 66 20 50

Laboratoire Génome et Développement des Plantes
45 people /Director: Olivier Panaud
58, Avenue P. Alduy - 66860 Perpignan
Tel.: 04 68 66 21 19

Q: What are the research institutions associated with TULIP laboratories?

-Q: In which language will the lessons be given? Training and assessment will be conducted entirely in English by international professors and researchers from different disciplines, in addition to members of the TULIP community.

-Q: Which university will issue my master's degree? Toulouse III University and Perpignan Via Domitia University.

-Q: What will be the student selection procedure to integrate the TULIP-GS Master? A jury will select the first- and second-year students of the master's degree based on their academic excellence and their motivation to work at the interface between functional biology and evolutionary ecology.

-Q: What about student evaluations? The evaluations will be done in English (written and oral exams, personal work and teamwork) by international professors and researchers from different disciplines, in addition to members of the TULIP community.

-Q: How much are the registration fees for the Master? Registration is around 300 € per year.

-Q: What is the cost of living in France? It is approximately 700€ per month for housing, transportation and food.

-Q: Does TULIP-Graduate school provide financial support during the master? Yes, gratuities are granted to each student: in M1: about 3000€/year and in M2: about 4000€/year.

  •  Before arriving in France, the student can also ask his or her home institution or embassy to apply for additional funding (e.g. scholarships, etc.)  

-Q: What will be the administrative procedures from abroad to prepare my arrival in France if I am selected by the TULIP-GS jury? Candidates selected to integrate the TULIP-GS Master will benefit from the services of the Federal University of Toulouse (Welcome Desk and Toul'Box). (Service reserved for students residing outside France and Europe)

  • TULIP Graduate School offers to selected students the ToulB'Box "ALL-IN Pack" Pack. The "ALL-IN Pack" includes: the opening of a bank account, a public transport card - Pastel, a SIM card, temporary accommodation solutions, accommodation reservation, assistance to set up electricity or gas services and home insurance for your apartment, general assistance with formalities - Rental deposit, and a guided tour of Toulouse.
  • You can also contact the International Relations Department of the University Paul Sabatier Toulouse III.

-Q: Would I be helped when I arrived in M1? Each new M1 student will be sponsored by an M2 student to facilitate its integration.

 -Q: Where can I find a description of the Master courses ? All the information for the 1st and 2nd year is indicated on the website: "Details of the M1and M2 program".

-Q: In which laboratory will the training take place? Students will be required to work on interdisciplinary projects within TULIP research laboratories located in the Occitanie region (Toulouse, Perpignan and Moulis).Travels between laboratories will be financed by TULIP-GS.

 -Q: Who is responsible for organizing travels between the different laboratories? The trips between the different sites (Toulouse, Perpignan and Moulis) will be organized and financed by TULIP-GS. Each new M1 student will be sponsored by an M2 student to facilitate its integration.

- Q: What job after graduating? Engineer or scientific project manager (mainly in plant breeding, plant protection, plant production, environmental impact studies, ecosystems and biodiversity, pollution control), scientific advisor, teachers / researchers in scientific and technical organizations and institutions, public or private, national or international

- Q: How can I register? By completing the form and sending by email the application, in English, in a document compiled in PDF format containing:

  • A CV (2 pages maximum); a cover letter listing your skills and knowledge in relation to the Master diploma, as well as your research interests;
  • University results: Bachelor/MSc1 (non-European credit system) or License/Master1 (European credit system) academic marks and distinctions from your previous university (in French or in English);
  • A description of courses followed in connection with the application (in French or in English);
  • “A letter of recommendation” from a former internship director or from an academic faculty member;
  • Proof of English proficiency for a non-native English candidate (interview, TOEIC> 750 or TOEFL iBT> 85 or IELTS> 6.5)

-Q: Who can I contact  to learn more about TULIP-GS?

TULIP Graduate School : Phone. +337 64 54 13 99

-Q: How to get from Toulouse to Perpignan? By car: 2 h (200 km) via A61 and D117 motorways or 2h30 by train.

-Q: Is Toulouse far from Paris? how do I get there? By car 6.30 hrs (678.0 km) via A20 or 5 hrs by train.

-Q: What to do in Toulouse? The atmosphere of the Pink City is simple and friendly: we like to stroll in the market or in the shops, drink a café outside and, of course, put our feet under the table. It is very easy to get around by bike, Metro, Tram and Bus. Finally, in order not to miss any of the city's cultural richness, you have to open the door of one of its museums and discover the remarkable collections of classical and medieval art or even contemporary works.

  • The unavoidableToulouse owes its nickname "pink city" to the use of brick. The latter, described as a “fairground” in the Midi of Toulouse, has perpetuated an ancient heritage until today. It dresses the facades in warm colors, from the softest pink to flamboyant orange: Le Capitole, Saint-Sernin basilica, The Canal du Midi, The edges of the Garonne.
  • Beaches from Toulouse: Gruissan, the closest beach to Toulouse. All year round, you can reach the beach of the chalets in Gruissan in less than two hours.
  • The mountain from Toulouse: 1h15 from the nearest beach in summer, and 1h30 from the first mountain resort, summer and winter, a multitude of possibilities to enjoy the great outdoors!

Useful links Toulouse:

  • Sports and hobbies:
  • Toulouse Tourist Office website:
  • Going out in Toulouse: Good deals:

-Q: What to do in Perpignan? Perpignan is rich in its cultural identity, its heritage labeled "City of Art and History" and "20th Century Heritage". You will be charmed by the flavors, scents and colors of our unique and endearing terroir. It is through contact with its history, its inhabitants, its merchants, its restaurateurs, that Perpignan will reveal all its riches to you.

  • The city is framed to the south by the Pyrenees, to the west by the Corbières region, to the east by the Mediterranean Sea. The town is located 13 km from the Mediterranean Sea (Canet-en-Roussillon) by expressway, 25 km from the Spanish border (Le Perthus) and 85 km from the nearest ski area (Espace Cambre d'Aze, Approx. 2,400 m). It is the southernmost of the large cities in mainland France. Perpignan is located 850 km from Paris, 205 km from the administrative capital of the region, Toulouse.
  • The unavoidable: The Citadel, historic center, Visit the Castillet, the Sea Lodge, The Palace of the Kings of Majorca, The Palace of the Deputation, The Hyacinthe-Rigaud Museum.
  • Getting around the city of Perpignan: The Sankéo network buses allow you to travel in Perpignan as well as all the villages belonging to "Perpignan Méditerranée Communauté d'Agglomeration". All timetables, plans and prices are available on

Useful links Perpignan: