Visiting Fellowships Program for Young Researchers – MOPGA

Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA) 2022 – Visiting Fellowships Program for Young Researchers

Launched in 2018, the “Make Our Planet Great Again” (MOPGA) initiative has met with worldwide enthusiasm, generating expressions of interest from a large number of highly qualified students and researchers.  

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 new visiting fellowship program to welcome young foreign researchers wishing to conduct further research in France. 

The MOPGA Visiting Fellowships Program for Young Researchers 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.

To coincide with the One Ocean Summit to be held in Brest in February 2022, a special attention will be paid to applications linked to oceans.

Description of the Research Project (in English or French):

– Title of the Project
– Keyword (6)
– Abstract of the Research Project (2,000 char. max.)
– Context and Motivation (2,000 char. max.)
– Scientific Objectives (2,000 char. max.)
– Methodology and Planning report (4,500 char. max.)
– Project position in relation with to the MOPGA scientific domain (2,000 char. max.)
– Collaborations and / or impacts for the candidate’s country of residence in relation to the research project proposal (2,000 characters max.)

Who may apply?

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

40 fellowships will be awarded to the young researchers over a 12-month period from September 2022.

This 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.

Research themes

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.

To coincide with the One Ocean Summit to be held in Brest in February 2022, a special attention will be paid to applications linked to oceans.

Eligibility 

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 included),
– not hold French citizenship,
– not have resided in France after September 1st 2021 (more than 90 days).

The start of the visiting fellowship for young researchers in France is due to take effect in September 2022.

Selection Process

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.  

Documents needed:

  1. CV including the list of your publications in English (4 pages max)
  2. PhD Diploma (or certificate of 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

Timeline

  • November 8th 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 grant.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at mopga@campusfrance.org.

Policy Privacy

Your personal data (“Data”) are processed by Campus France to study and manage your application, as well as, for the laureates, to ensure the follow-up of the granted scholarship. The information with an * is mandatory, if not completed, the application cannot be processed by Campus France. The processing of your Data is based on the execution of pre-contractual measures taken at your request for applicants and on the execution of a contract for laureates.

Campus France only communicates your Data to authorized and determined recipients. These recipients are Campus France’s internal departments in charge of such processing, Campus France’s technical service providers, any partners, subcontractors or co-contractors of Campus France, and the relevant departments of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Data remains in the European Union. Campus France only keeps your Data for the time necessary for the operations for which they were collected and in compliance with the legislation in force.

You have rights over your Data. Thus, you have, at any time and within the legal limits, the right to ask Campus France for access to your Data, the rectification or deletion thereof, the right to limit the processing thereof, the right to object to such processing as well as the right to request the portability of the Data. You also have the right to define directives concerning the fate of your Data after your death.

If you wish to exercise these rights, please contact dpo@campusfrance.org or by post at the following address: 28, rue de la Grange aux Belles – 75010 Paris – FRANCE. If we have any doubts about your identity, we may ask you for proof of identity. If, after contacting us, you feel that your rights have not been respected, you may submit a complaint to the CNIL, together with a copy of your identity document.

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