Nicolas Baudin Program: Internships in France initiative [fr]
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
The Embassy provides a grant to finance the cost of return travel to France. Naval Group and Thales cover the travel of those students selected for internships of which they are industry partners (for students from Group of Eight universities, Flinders University or UniSA).
The host institution in France provides the intern with a mandatory internship stipend (minimum of 560€ per month according to current internship laws in effect).
The home university in Australia provides the Laureate with an additional grant to help cover their daily costs during their stay in France ($2500).
- French universities, schools or group of establishments propose research internship topics destined towards Australian students. The deadline for internship topic proposals is 7 February 2020.
- Applications open February 2020. During this time the internship propositions will be disseminated by the Australian partner university to their students.
- The deadline for applications to be submitted online is midnight 14 June 2020.
- 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 July 2020.
- Internships commence before 31 December 2020* and last 3 to 6 months.
*The supervisors of these internships have indicated the dates proposed are flexible and are able to be postponed subject to COVID-19 border closures.
French Institutions: 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. The source of the monthly stipend may be the host university, the lab or the partner company. The origin of this stipend funding is specified when the internship topic proposal is submitted.
Australian citizens and international students enrolled in Australia are eligible to apply. French citizens are not eligible.
Participants must retain their student status for the entire duration of the internship.
Students enrolled in one of the following participating universities can submit their candidature for one of the French internships on offer:
Group of Eight universities (ANU, Monash, UofA, UniMelb, UNSW, UQ, UniSydney, UWA),
Australian Technology Network of Universities (Curtin, RMIT, UniSA, UTS),
Innovative Research Universities (Charles Darwin, James Cook, Griffith, La Trobe, Flinders, Murdoch, Western Sydney),
Queensland University of Technology
University of Wollongong.
Other eligibility requirements may be specified in the individual internship offers.
Nicolas Duhaut, Attaché for Science and University Cooperation, explains the Internships in France initiative: