Entre les frontières Screening + In Conversation in Brisbane 27 November 6 pm

Between Fences (Entre les frontières)

by Avi Mograbi 

In conversation with

Professor Alison Levine


Professor Catherine Wihtol de Wenden

at the Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA

6 pm on 27 November 2019




Between Fences (2016) follows African asylum seekers held in the Negev Refugee Centre in Israel. Through a theatre workshop, the participants question the status of refugees and what compelled them to leave behind their possessions to plunge into the unknown. The film questions how Israel, a land of refugees, treats exiled people fleeing genocide, war and persecution, and offers theatre as a possible means of exchange and understanding.

The film will be preceded by an In Conversation between Professor Alison Levine (University of Virginia) and Emeritus Professor Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (SciencesPo Paris) about the representation of refugees and asylum seekers in documentary film. Professor Wihtol de Wenden is a political scientist and expert on European citizenship and migration who has recently published on memory of immigration and immigrant memory. Professor Levine is an expert in French documentary film who has published on nation, space and boundaries. Her books include Vivre Ici: Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary and Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France.

The film is in Hebrew, Tigrigna, and Arabic with English subtitles. Release date: 11 January 2017

This event is held in conjunction with the “Crossing Boundaries: Language, Culture and Migration Symposium” organised by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland with presenting partner the Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA. This is also part of “France Australian Conversations” program funded by the French Embassy and Alliance Française.



Nicolas Baudin Program 2019 Applications Now Open

Applications for the 2019 Nicolas Baudin program are now open!

The program consists of two application streams:

General Stream – Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant

Students enrolled at an Australian university and taking part in an exchange program /study abroad at a French establishment or hoping to pursue a full degree (including double degrees) may apply for the Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant. The Travel Grant consists of a return ticket between Australia and France. Laureates are also covered by Campus France mutual insurance and exempt from visa fees.

For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply:https://au.ambafrance.org/Nicolas-Baudin-Program

Internships in France Initiative

30 internships in France have been proposed by French universities and industry partners for Australian students. In addition to the travel grant, laureates benefit from a funding scheme involving a $2500 mobility grant from their home university and a monthly stipend from the host institution. For a list of internship offers and information on how to apply, please visithttps://au.ambafrance.org/Nicolas-Baudin-Program-Internship-in-France-initiative

The deadline for applications is April 15.

Nicolas Baudin “Internship in France” initiative

Launched as a pilot program in 2017, the Nicolas Baudin “Internship in France” initiative offers students from participating Australian universities the opportunity to undertake a research internship at a French host university in collaboration with an industry partner. The internship offers are jointly created by the French host university and its industry partner, and when relevant with the Australian partner university if the intern is enrolled within the framework of a pre-existing scientific collaboration.

The Laureates programs in France are co-financed by the Embassy, the hosting university in France and the home university in Australia.

All French higher education establishments are eligible to participate in the program.

Students enrolled in Australian universities that are members of the Group of EightAustralian Technology Network of UniversitiesInnovative Research Universities and students enrolled at Macquarie University can submit their candidature for one of the French internships on offer. Their stay will be co-financed by the Embassy, their hosting university in France and their home university in Australia.

The objectives of the “Internships in France” initiative are:

  • Increase student mobility from Australia to France
  • Contribute to the attractiveness and promotion of the French higher education and research systems
  • Strengthen student mobility within French-Australian scientific collaborations; initiate longer-term collaborations (cotutelle theses, CIFRE theses) through student stays
  • Contribute to the reconciling of the Australian university sector with the industry sector and promote the quality of interactions between universities and industry in France


  • The Embassy finances the cost of the return flights from Australia to France and social security costs for the duration of the internship (up to 6 months).
  • The host university in France provides the intern with a mandatory internship stipend (minimum of 554€ per month according to 2017 figures, subject to change).
  • The home university in Australia provides the Laureate with an additional grant to help cover their daily costs during their stay in France ($2500).


In 2018 there are 56 internships in France available  for Australian students through the program, offering many opportunities to work with French research labs and industrial partners such as Naval Group, Airbus, Parrot, Total, Nikon and Tales to name a few.

Running of the program and calendar

1) The French universities, schools or group of establishments participating propose laboratory internship topics of 3 to 6 months destined towards Australian students at an Honours (4th year Bachelor), Master or doctoral level. The topic of the internship is developed through exchanges with their industry and Australian university partners. The involvement of French companies with a presence in Australia is an advantage.

Internships must commence before 31 December 2018.


2) The internship topics are available HERE

3) Candidates from the participating Australian universities can submit their application for funding by completing the online “Nicolas Baudin Program” form.

The deadline for applications to be submitted online is 30 April 2018.

4) The Embassy will make the final selection of Laureates along with the participating French and Australian universities with respect to their financial capacities.

The selected Laureates will be announced by the end of May/ beginning of June 2018.


All French higher education establishments are eligible to propose internship topics. In doing so, they agree to fund the mandatory stipend provided to the Laureates.

Students enrolled in Australian universities that are members of the Group of EightAustralian Technology Network of UniversitiesInnovative Research Universities and students enrolled at Macquarie University can submit their candidature for one of the French internships on offer. The participating Australian universities agree to provide their Laureates with an additional scholarship of $2500.

The academic profile, level of study required, competencies and knowledge desired are specified by the hosting French university and their industry partner for each internship proposition.

For further information please consult the FAQ document.

Language Teaching Assistants, 2nd round

The below message is posted on behalf of Jason Bensen, Language Assistants Program Coordinator. Please contact him directly if you have queries about this program.



We have just opened a second round of applications for the language teaching assistants program in metropolitan France.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to immerse themselves in French culture, perfect their language skills, and gain professional (paid) experience by working as English teaching assistants with students of primary or secondary level. It is open to students of all disciplines who can demonstrate competence in French, and who are seeking to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency.

The first round of applications closed on February 9th but unfortunately not enough Australian students applied to fill the quota provided for Australia. We are therefore calling on your help to promote the second round, which will remain open until the 6th of March, to all Australian tertiary students who may have competence in French language and a desire to spend 7 months working in France!

All information, as well as the link to apply, are available here: https://au.ambafrance.org/https-au-ambafrance-org-Assistants-in-France

We appreciate the commitment that you have to the alliance of French and Australian cultures, and are counting on you to share our enthusiasm for this fantastic opportunity.

I am available for any questions regarding the program.
Best regards,

Language Assistants Program Coordinator
Embassy of France in Australia
6 Perth Ave, Yarralumla ACT 2600,Australia
T  +61 2 6216 0137 

Become an English language teaching assistant in New Caledonia!

Applications for the English language teaching assistant program in New Caledonia are now open! This is a wonderful opportunity to discover New Caledonia, immerse yourself in its culture, perfect your language skills, and gain valuable professional experience. Please feel free to promote this opportunity to your students.


In short:

The program is aimed at students who intend to become language teachers, as well as to those who simply have a passion for everything French!

There are 4 available positions for the 2016 school year – from 21 March 2016 until 21 October 2016. The position is remunerated.



Eligibility criteria:


Candidates must be Australian citizens. Permanent residents are not eligible.

Candidates should be between 20 and 35 years of age at the time of taking up their positions (from 21 March 2016).

Candidates must be enrolled at university at the time of application, and must have completed at least two years of university studies.

Minimum Level B1 in French is required (see the Cadre européen commun de références pour les langues).



Tasks to be carried out by the assistant include:

Providing help in the classroom in oral and written English with small groups of students for 12 hours every week.

Providing linguistic and cultural assistance to teachers.

Making recordings on tape for the audio-visual resources of the school’s library.



Conditions of employment:

Length of contract: 7 months – from 21 March 2016 to 21 October 2016. The length of the contract cannot be changed. The teaching assistant enjoy the same holiday periods as the teachers and students. 

A 12-hour per week schedule. The assistant may work extra hours if choosing to participate in intensive language courses that are organised by the Vice-Rectorate in New Caledonian schools.

Positions available in secondary schools only. The assistant may be assigned to two different schools.

Net monthly allowance: about 1529 € (182 000 F CFP). Candidates should preferably be single, as the salary of an assistant is not adequate to support dependents.

Social security cover: Assistants are covered by the Caisse de Compensation des Prestations familiales des Accidents du Travail et de Prévoyance des Travailleurs de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (C.A.F.A.T.).


For further information, please visit the following link: http://www.ambafrance-au.org/Assistantships-in-New-Caledonia.


Application deadline: 14 September 2015



For further information, please feel free to contact:


Ariane Defreine

Assistant to the Higher Education Attaché


Embassy of France

6 Perth Avenue, Yarralumla

Canberra ACT 2600


(02) 6216 0137





Nicolas Baudin Grants

Nicolas Baudin Grants

Nicolas Baudin grants consist in a return flight ticket between Australia and France. Recipients of French government grants are also covered by social security during their time in France, as well as being exempt from paying any visa fees.

Students are eligible to apply through the following frameworks:

1) Students seeking to undertake a research internship in a French laboratory in collaboration with a French company in the framework of the “Internship in France” initiative.

2) Students seeking to undertake a research internship in France outside of the Embassy’s “Internship in France” initiative.

3) Students enrolled at an Australian university seeking to take part in an exchange program /study abroad at a French establishment.

4) Students seeking to pursue a full degree at a French university (students will obtain a French degree at the end of their studies), including double degrees jointly offered by a French and an Australian university.

5) Students seeking to undertake a short term program at a French establishment. This includes summer and winter school programs.

In the 2018 round, there are 56 internships available for Australian students offering many opportunities to work with French research labs and industrial partners such as Naval Group, Airbus, Parrot, Total, Nikon and Tales to name a few.

(See links for eligibility requirements and application forms).