05/03/2018

Call open in France: 4 new funding schemes - Make our Planet Great Again!

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Tags: France | PhD | postdoc


Make Our Planet Great Again is an initiative of the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, launched on 1st June 2017 following the decision of the United States to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. It is a call for researchers and students, entrepreneurs, associations and NGOs, students and all civil society to mobilize and join France to lead the fight against global warming.

4 new programmes with the label "Make Our Planet Great Again" were launched in March 2018, supervised by Campus France and financed by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI).

1. A part-financing programme for PhD contracts:

About 20 PhD students will receive financing for thesis starting in 2018.

Who may apply?

This call is open to French institutions of higher education and research, not to students in the first phase. The selected institutions will receive a co-financing subsidy of €50,000, payable over three years, to recruit and support a non-French doctoral candidate with a work contract.

Research themes

Three broad research themes are prioritized: earth systems, climate change and sustainability, and the energy transition.

Selection of doctoral candidates

Doctoral candidates will be selected by the supported French institutions.

To be eligible, students must possess a master’s degree or be enrolled in a master-level programme, must not be French nationals, and must not have resided in France after April 1, 2016.

Candidates may be of any age. The doctoral contract must take effect no later than 31 December 2018, with a minimum gross monthly remuneration of €1,758.

NOTE : International candidates: You do not need to apply at this stage. Applications will open on 4 June 2018.

2. A part-financing programme of post-PhD contracts:

20 to 40 post-PhD students will receive financing for stays starting in 2018.

Who may apply?

Foreign researchers holding a doctoral degree are encouraged to respond to this call for proposals.

Candidates must include with their application a letter from a French host institution agreeing to co-finance the candidate’s research.

Institutions hosting the selected researchers will receive co-financing in the amount of €2,083 per month to support the candidates’ research over a period of 12 to 24 months.

Research themes

Three broad research themes are prioritized: earth systems, climate change and sustainability, and the energy transition.

Eligibility

Candidates must possess a doctoral degree or expect to receive the degree by June 30, 2018. They must not be French nationals and must not have resided in France after April 1, 2016.

Candidates may be of any age. The postdoctoral contract must take effect no later than 31 December 2018.

3. A research short stay programme:

Mobility financing from 14 days to 5 months for PhD students or researchers in France. At least 40 mobilities financed for stays solely in 2018.

Who may apply?

Foreign research scientists are encouraged to respond to this call for proposals. Candidates must include with their application a letter from a host institution in France.

Research themes

Three broad research themes are prioritized: earth systems, climate change and sustainability, and the energy transition.

Eligibility

Candidates must possess or be working toward a doctoral degree and must be covered by an active research agreement or contract.

They must not be French nationals, and must not have resided in France after 1 April 2016.

Candidates may be of any age. The proposed period of research in France must not exceed five months and must take place between 1 August 1 and 31 December 2018.

4. A programme of excellence scholarships

Up to 1 060€/months for students who want to come for 2 years in Masters or a year in Masters 2 (degree equivalent to the grade of Masters'): about 50 scholarships in 2018.

Who may apply?

International students may apply for support for one or two years of study toward a master’s degree by including in their application a letter of admission to a master’s programme (first or second year) at a French institution of higher education.

Research themes

Three broad research themes are prioritized: earth systems, climate change and sustainability, and the energy transition.

Eligibility

Students must possess or be pursuing a French licence or an equivalent undergraduate degree (Bachelor), must not be French nationals, and must not have resided in France after 1 April 2016.

Candidates may be of any age. They must enroll in the master’s programme before 15 October 2018.

Financing

Round-trip airfare will also be provided, as well as medical insurance and an annual lump-sum payment of €700 for educational expenses.

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In order to better help candidates to a Doctorate (PhD) or Post-Doctorate to find a host lab, Campus France has opened a specific page (https://doctorat.campusfrance.org/phd/offers/search/mopga/1) listing offers on the subject "Make Our Planet Great Again": Climate science, energy transition and Earth system. Candidates also have access to specific address: cometofrance@campusfrance.org

Deadline : 6 April 2018 for all programmes, except PhD applications: 30 March 2018

More here.