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Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA) Visiting Fellowship Program 2021 for Young Researchers

The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education for Research and Innovation (MESRI) have launched a visiting fellowship program to welcome young researchers wishing to carry out their research in France as part of a “One Health” approach.

Application Deadline: 3rd May 2021

Type: Fellowship


  • Candidates must have obtained their PhD less than five years prior to the application, i.e. they must have defended their PhD between May 2016 and April 2021. They should not have resided in France after September 1st 2020 (more than 90 days) and they must not be French nationals. The start of the visiting fellowship for young researchers in France is due to take effect in January 2022.
  • When reviewing applications, particular attention will be paid to ensure geographic diversity of the MOPGA 4th call laureates. As such, 7 fellowships will be reserved for young researchers from sub-Saharan African countries (list given below, excluding South Africa).

Number of Awards: 40 fellowships will be awarded to the young researchers over a 12-month period from January 2022

Value of Award: 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.

Duration of Award: 12 Months

How to Apply: Applicants must submit their research project online on the following link: https://campusfrance.smapply.io/prog/MOPGA4 with the following supporting documents:

1. Your CV with the list of your publications in English (4 pages maximum)
2. Copy of your PhD diploma
3. CV of your research supervisor in the French host institution for the visiting fellowship (2 pages maximum)
4. Letter of support from the French host institution 
5. Letters of recommendation (maximum 3)
6. Copy of your Passport or National ID


Visit Award Webpage for Details

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