Nicolas Baudin Program: “Internship in France” initiative [fr]
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 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.
- The host institution in France provides the intern with a mandatory internship stipend (minimum of 554€ per month according to 2017 figures, subject to change). The source of the monthly stipend may be the host university, the lab or the partner company. The origin of this stipend funding must be specified when the internship topic proposal is submitted.
- The home university in Australia provides the Laureate with an additional grant to help cover their daily costs during their stay in France ($2500).
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.
The deadline for internship topic propositions to be sent is 31 January 2019. Internships must commence before 31 December 2019. To access the online internship topic proposal form, click HERE
2) The internship propositions will be disseminated by the Australian partner university to their students from February 2019 onwards.
3) Applications must be submitted uniquely through the online application platform. A link to this will be available from February 2019.
The deadline for applications to be submitted online is 15 April 2019.
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 in May 2019.
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 Eight, Australian Technology Network of Universities, Innovative 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.
Applications must be submitted uniquely through the online application platform. A link to this will be available from February 2019.
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