French Government’s Make Our Planet Great Again Postdoctoral Program 2021 for Researchers

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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.

Application Deadline: 5th July 2020

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros Islands, Cuba, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Iraq, Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire), Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Saint-Lucia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

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To be Taken at (Country): France

About the Award: 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.

Research themes: Four broad research themes are prioritized:

  • – Earth systems,
  • – Climate change and sustainability,
  • – Energy transition,
  • – Societal challenges of environmental issues.

Type: Postdoctoral

Eligibility: Candidates must :

  • 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).

Selection Process: 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.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: Institutions hosting the laureates will be financed to 50 000€ for a period of 12 months, per selected post-doctoral researchers.

Duration of Award: 6-18 months

How to 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.

Documents needed:

  1. CV including the list of your publications
  2. PhD Diploma (or certificate if PhD diploma)
  3. CV of your postdoctoral supervisor
  4. 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)
  5. Letters of recommendation.
  6. Passport or proof of ID

Application process

Candidates must submit their research proposals online here.


Visit Award Webpage for Details

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