Launched by France’s President Emmanuel Macron, the Make Our Planet Great Again initiative has met with worldwide enthusiasm, generating expressions of interest from a large number of highly qualified students and researchers.
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 program of support for foreign postdoctoral researchers wishing to conduct further research in France on a topic related to earth systems, climate change and sustainability, the energy transition, or societal challenges of environmental issues.
END OF APPLICATION: JULY 5TH 2020
Who may apply?
Foreign researchers holding a doctoral degree (for less than 5 years) are encouraged to respond to this call for proposals. Candidates must include with their application a letter from a French host institution agreeing to host their research if the candidate’s proposal is accepted by the program. This letter has to detail the resources provided to carry out the research project. A possibility of co-financing can also be considered.
Institutions hosting the laureates will be financed to 50 000€ for a period of 12 months, per selected post-doctoral researchers.
Four broad research themes are prioritized:
– Earth systems,
– Climate change and sustainability,
– Energy transition,
– Societal challenges of environmental issues.
– possess a doctoral degree for less than five years on the date of submission of the application
– be exclusively of the nationality of one of the eligible countries (listed below)
– not have resided in France after September 1st, 2019.
The postdoctoral contract must take effect from January 2021 (to be specified later).
List of 46 eligible countries
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong-Kong, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Island, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New-Zeland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapour, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taïwan, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Description of the Post-Doctoral project
Title of the Project
Abstract of the Post-Doctoral Project (2,000 char. max.)
Context and motivation (2,000 char. max.)
Scientific Objectives (2,000 char. max.)
Methodology and Planning (4,500 char. max.)
Position of the project in relation with the MOPGA scientific domains and integration in the French research host institution (1,500 char. max.)
NB: Application must be in English.
- CV including the list of your publications
- PhD Diploma (or certificate if PhD diploma)
- CV of your postdoctoral supervisor
- The letter of commitment of the French host institution for hosting your post-doctorate specifying the resources provided to carry out the research project (the host institution receives a financing of 50,000€ for 12 months)
- Letters of recommendation.
- Passport or proof of ID
Candidates must submit their research proposals online here.
Consistent with the aims and requirements of this call for proposals, 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.
March 6th 2020: Application period opens
July 5th 2020 at 11.59pm CET: Application period ends
The following dates depend on the covid-19 situation:
Beginning of December 2020: Announcement of results
From January 2021: Supported candidates report to participating institutions