Master’s excellence grants

France’s ministries of Europe and foreign affairs (MEAE) and of higher education, research, and innovation (MESRI) have implemented a program to encourage international students to pursue master’s-level training in earth systems, climate change and sustainability, or the energy transition at French institutions of higher education.

 

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 program (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 April 1, 2016.
Candidates may be of any age. They must enroll in the master’s program before October 15, 2018.

Financing

Successful students will receive an excellence grant in the amount of €1,060 per month over 12 months (for students enrolling in the second year) and over 24 months (for those enrolling in the first year).
Round-trip airfare will also be provided, as well as medical insurance and an annual lump-sum payment of €700 for educational expenses.

Selection process

Consistent with the aims and requirements of this call for proposals, grant recipients will be selected by scientific experts convened by Campus France.

Application process

Interested students should submit their study plans at "How to apply for Make Our planet Great Again programs?".
Applications must be accompanied by a CV, a letter of interest, and a signed letter of acceptance into a French master’s program.

Timeline

Week of February 26, 2018: Pre-launch phase of application process

March 12, 2018: Application period opens

April 6, 2018 at 23:59 CET: Application period ends

Week of June 18, 2018: Results are announced

Beginning September 2018: Students report to participating institutions

 


 

Co-financing of 3-year doctoral contracts

 

Who may apply? 

This call is open to French institutions of higher education and research, not to students at the first phase. The selected institutions will receive a co-financing subsidy of €50,000, payable over three years, to recruit and support a doctoral candidate under 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 program, 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 December 31, 2018.

Financing

Participating French institutions must agree to host the doctoral candidate under a three-year employment contract. The minimum gross monthly remuneration under the contract shall be €1,758. Participating institutions shall receive an annual subsidy of €16,666.

Selection process

Consistent with the aims and requirements of this call for proposals, Campus France will convene experts and an international jury whose members represent the priority fields for the purpose of selecting participating institutions and assessing the research proposals put forward by those institutions.

Process for selection of topics and recruitment of doctoral candidates

The French institution shall propose one or more PhD topics and apply online for co-financing of the associated research at "How to apply to Make Our Planet Great Again Programs".

Once a proposed topic is accepted, the institution shall issue a letter of commitment to co-finance a doctoral candidate to pursue the topic.
The institution shall then proceed to recruit candidates through an international call for applications that will simultaneously be relayed by Campus France to students having expressed their interest at www.makeourplanetgreatagain.fr.
The institution shall then propose a ranked list of three candidates for each approved research topic.
The international jury will review and approve the lists submitted by the institution. 

Timeline

Week of February 26, 2018: Pre-launch phase of application process

March 12, 2018: Institutional application period opens

March 30, 2018 at 23:59 CET: Institutional application period ends

April 5 - 20, 2018 : List of approved dissertation topics is published ; student application period 

April 23 - May 4, 2018 : Institutions identify and rank up to three doctoral candidates per research topic

May 5 - June 12, 2018 : Review of candidates projects/ topics

June 14, 2018 : Successful candidates are notified

Beginning September 2018: Candidates report to participating institutions