Make Our Planet Great Again proposes 4 programs to welcome international students and researchers in France

France’s ministries of Europe and foreign affairs (MEAE) and of higher education, research, and innovation (MESRI) have implemented a program of support for:

  • Master’s excellence grants: 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. Application period: 12 March to 6 April 2018

  • 3-year Doctoral contracts: to support foreign doctoral candidates wishing to complete a PhD in France on a topic related to earth systems, climate change and sustainability, or the energy transition. Application period: 12 to 30 March 2018
  • 12- to 24-month postdoctoral research contracts: to support foreign postdoctoral researchers wishing to conduct further research in France on a topic related to earth systems, climate change and sustainability, or the energy transition. Application period: 12 March to 6 April 2018

  • Short stays (14 days to 5 months) for foreign researchers: to support short stays in French research institutions for foreign scientists seeking to do research on a topic related to earth systems, climate change and sustainability, or the energy transition. Application period: 12 March to 6 April 2018


PHC FASIC 2018 Program – 3 calls for applications are now open!



The French Embassy in Australia puts in place in 2018 a brand new set of research collaborative instruments under the umbrella of the PHC FASIC program.  This program is meant as a catalyst and aims to support the launch and the critical early-stage development of bilateral research projects between France and Australia. It also aims to support the strategic scaling-up of science and technology collaborations.
In a nutshell, the FASIC will contribute to initiate or reinforce bilateral research collaborations, will enable scientists from France and Australian research institutions to meet and discuss future collaborative projects. This program is meant to support the establishment of joint research labs or scientific networks between France and Australia.


Submitted projects must be joint research projects involving at least a French and an Australian research partners.


Matching fund from the partnering Australian research institutions is requested and will stand as one of the eligibility criteria of the submitted projects.

The FASIC will be implemented along three different schemes:

  • FASIC WORKSHOPS : For more information, and to apply, click on this link
  • FASIC  PHD : For more information, and to apply, click on this link
  • FASIC RESEARCHERS : More information on this link, and to apply, you can refer to the application process, on this link


Call for applications in the PIURN -Pacific Islands Universities Research Network

The Pacific Islands Universities Research Network Committee is recruting for one year under the contract of Volontariat de Solidarité Internationale (VSI) an organiser of network.

His/her missions will be:

  • to streghten the common knowledge of the members (territorie / countries, institutions, stakeholders)
  • to animate the network and identify hints for cooperation in the field of research, traning and mobility (for students or researchers)
  • to develop scientific collaborative projects coordinated by members (administrative ou scientific members of the network)
  • to identify calls for projects that are adapted to members projects and participate to the application with the coordinating members
  • to participate to the organisatin of the third PIURN Conference

This position is based in the South Pacific University in Fidji.

More information on this link


Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) – call for applications open NOW!

Applications until 1st of May 2018

Launch of the second call SAAFE, with AINSE, ANSTO, and the Embassy of France in Australia. The objective of the SAAFE program is to foster research collaborations between France and Australia in nuclear science and engineering in the field of human health, environment and nuclear fuel cycle.

The program will support early career researchers at PhD level to expand research and innovation activities and to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France research and innovation.

More information, guidelines and conditions, as well as the application form are available on the AINSE website

Download the flyer: SAAFE-Flyer-2018 FINAL


AFRAN workshop on Sea ice biogeochemistry in the Antarctic sea ice: from observations to modelling

Climate induced changes in the sea-ice zone are expected to drastically impact marine biogeochemical cycles in polar regions, with feedbacks on the ocean and climate systems that are difficult to predict. Sea ice is a very dynamic element in polar oceans and large uncertainties remain in its response to climate change.
In this context, AFRAN is supporting a workshop is organized between French, Australian and Belgian scientists who want to collaborate and improve the modelling of sea ice biogeochemistry, comprising the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nutrients and iron.

This workshop will take place on June 12-14th 2018, at Davos, Switzerland.

For more information, complete program and references, you can dowload the agenda: AFRAN_workshop_agenda


Colonial Extensions, Postcolonial Decentrings, and book writen by French Australianists

This volume explores the meaning of the term «postcolonial» through various theoretical perspectives and disciplinary fields of expertise, with particular emphasis on colonialist discourses within a postmodern and globalised world. It has been edited by two French academics who have also published on Australian fictions, Indigeneity and politics in Australia and the representation of Indigenous people in Europe.

For more information, download the flyer: Postcolonial Decentrings flyer

Bridging grant


The purpose of the Priming Grants is to enhance collaboration specifically between small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and researchers in strategic fields. Priming Grants encourage translational activities, end use development, and commercialisation outcomes. They do not support research only projects.

Priming Grants offer total funding of $7,000 AUD per applicant to eligible SME-researcher partnerships for activities preparing cooperative, international R&D projects or facilitating technology solutions.


Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 19th of February 2018 at 17.00hr (AEDT)

Applications Closing date: March 8th 2018 at 17.00hr (AEDT)

More information on this link



Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet Workshop outcomes

The Australian National University (ANU) in collaboration with the Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research University have hosted the first Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet School and Workshop on December 16 – 20, 2017 at the Australian National University.


Over the past twenty years, astronomers have observed more than 3,000 extrasolar planets, consequently revealing the diversity of planets that exist in the universe. This has opened a door for us to re-examine and re-define theories of the origin and evolution of planetary systems, and it has also brought us to the point where discovering extra-terrestrial life has become a real possibility. The ever-increasing number of detections continues to drive exoplanet research forward and we are currently on the cusp of a technological revolution where near-future space and ground-based observatories will allow an unprecedented opportunity to further explore and characterise smaller, potentially habitable exoplanets for signs of life.

Do protoplanetary disks include compositional trends that imprint on the future planets? What should future observations of Solar System bodies focus on? Where should we search for nearby habitable Earth-like planets? How can the science of the remote detection of biosignatures be advanced? What can our knowledge of life on Earth tell us about life elsewhere in the universe? These are the questions that have been raised during the workshop.

This workshop, sponsored by ANU, PSL, and AFRAN, has brought leading experts from France, Australia and around the world, and has designed the future of collaborative projects between Australia and France in these fields.




The French-Australian Energy Symposium, an initiative conceived within AFRAN, will be organized on the 7th of February 2018 at UNSW, in the context of the 3rd Future Energy EF 3 Conference


For more information about the symposium, and the complete program of the event, you can download the flyer: FLYER ENERGY SYMPOSIUM



All the information you need to prepare a period of research in France is on the Campus France website:
– A directory of doctoral departments, dissertation opportunities, internships, and postdocs
– A presentations on financial aid, French and international research programs, and research fields and organizations
Download the flyer : flyer_CampusFrance 2018_en