The call for projects for the Nicolas Baudin- Internships in France initiative is currently open at the Embassy of France. The deadline for the submission of topics has been extended to the 7th of February 2020.
Launched as a pilot program in 2017, the Nicolas Baudin “Internships 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 objectives of the “Internships in France” initiative are to:
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.
This programme is aimed at students who intend to become French or English language teachers, or teachers with little to no experience. It is not meant for experienced teachers.
This programme is now also open to students of other disciplines (such as commerce, medicine, engineering) who can demonstrate a competence in French but seek to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency. To apply, students must have completed at least two years of university studies at the time of appointment (ie. October 2015).
In their applications, candidates are given the opportunity to express a preferred geographical location and an educational sector.
About 50 positions are offered to Australian nationals.
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 1 October 2015).
Candidates must be enrolled at university at the time of application. Candidates must have completed at least two years of university studies.
Candidates must have some knowledge of French in order to be able to communicate easily in everyday life.
Candidates should preferably be single, as the salary of an assistant is not adequate to support dependents.
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).