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Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA)

France’s Ministries of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation (MESRI) in collaboration with Campus France, have implemented a visiting fellowships program for young researcher, Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA), to welcome young foreign researchers wishing to conduct further research in France.

MOPGA 5 : Visiting Fellowship Program for Young Researchers (40 fellowships)

Description of the Visiting Fellowship Program for Young Researchers (in English or en français):

  • Title of the project
  • Keywords (6)
  • Abstract of the research project (2,000 characters max.)
  • Context and motivation (2,000 characters max.)
  • Scientific objectives (2,000 characters max.)
  • Methodology and planning report (4,500 characters max.)
  • Project position in relation with the MOPGA scientific domain (2,000 characters max.)
  • Collaborations and/or impacts for the candidate's country of residence in relation to the research project proposal (2,000 characters max.)
WHO MAY APPLY?

Foreign researchers holding a doctoral degree for less than 5 years can respond to this call for proposals. All nationalities are eligible except the French one.

40 fellowships will be awarded to the young researchers over a 12-month period from September 2022

The fellowship includes the following benefits:

  • Monthly allowance of 2 500 euros  
  • Moving allowance of 500 euros
  • Support for social security coverage 
  • Support for health insurance
A visiting fellowship agreement with the French host institution will be established between the institutions and the laureates. It will specify the means and resources made available by the host laboratory so that the researcher can carry out the research project.
 
RESEARCH THEMES: A TRANSDISCIPLINARY "ONE HEALTH" APPROACH

Five broad research themes are prioritized:
•    Earth systems,
•    Climate change and sustainability,
•    Energy transition,
•    Societal challenges of environmental issues,
•    Human, animal and ecosystem health as part as a "One Health" approach.
 

SELECTION PROCESS
Consistent with the aims and requirements of this call for applications, the selection process will unfold in two phases. In the first phase, scientific experts in the covered fields will evaluate the applications received. In the second phase, an international jury will make the final selection of candidates to receive support.
CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY

Candidates must:
•    have obtained their PhD less than five years prior to the application (i.e. they must have defended their PhD between December 2016 and December 2021),
•    not hold French citizenship,
•    not have resided in France after September 1st, 2021.
The start of the MOPGA 5 Visiting Fellowship for Young Researchers is due to take effect in September 2022.
 

PROCEDURE TO APPLY

Candidates must submit their research proposals online here: https://campusfrance.smapply.io/prog/MOPGA-2022

The documents needed are:
1.    CV including the list of your publications in English
2.    PhD Diploma (or certificate iof PhD diploma)
3.    CV of your research supervisor in the French host institution (2 pages max.)
4.    Letter of support from the French host institution
5.    Letters of recommendation (3 max.)
6.    Passport or proof of ID

TIMELINE
  • November 10th, 2021: Application period opens
  • January 10th, 2022: Application period ends
  • End of June 2022: Notification of results
  • September 2022: Arrival of the laureates in the host French institution and beginning of the one-year research visiting fellowship in France

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