Visiting fellowship program – MOPGA

The 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) or COP26 take place from 31 October to 12 November in Glasgow (United Kingdom). France, as a major actor in the fight against climate change and guarantor of the spirit of Paris Agreement, implements a new MOPGA visiting fellowship program that aims to take part in the strengthening of science contribution to the challenges raised by the COPs.

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.

The MOPGA 5 visiting fellowship program will be supporting researchers working on topics related to:

  • earth system sciences,
  • climate change and sustainability sciences,
  • energy transition,
  • societal challenges of environmental issues,
  • human, animal and ecosystem health as part as a “One Health” approach.


  • 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.)


Foreign researchers holding a doctoral degree for less than 5 years can respond to this call for proposals. Applicants of all nationalities are welcome to apply, except French nationals.

40 fellowships will be awarded 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 in France so that the researcher can carry out the research project.


 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.


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.


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.


  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


Candidates must submit their research proposals online here:


  • 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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