Studying in France: announcement of the Nicolas Baudin program Laureates [fr]
The Laureates for the 2017 Nicolas Baudin program have been selected. Twenty Australian undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students have received the travel grant from the Embassy, which will provide financial support to their period of studies or research in France. They will also benefit from a grant financed by the Embassy which will cover their social security while in France.
This year, the reviewed program was open to a wider range of applicants than in previous years to include not only those departing for an exchange/ study abroad program or full degree in France, but also those departing for a cotutelle, short program or internship.
The program has experienced unprecedented success this year after receiving 121 applications for the main program, which is more than double of those received for the previous year. The new "Internship in France Student Mobility Program" received 22 applications, with 9 being selected.
The grant recipients were selected on a range of criteria, including most notably the excellence of their academic grades, their continuous links with France and the French language, and how their study or research project fits with their career plans.
The following laureates were selected for the first round of grants:
- Ms Amy Bergman: University of Queensland, exchange to Sciences Po as part of her Bachelor of Arts (majoring in French)/ Laws degree
- Ms Eleanor Denson: University of Melbourne, research internship at CNRS LSCE (UVSQ, CEA - Paris-Saclay University) in Gif-sur-Yvette studying paleoclimatology as part of her Bachelor of Science
- Ms Ariel Ivanovici: The Australian National University, PhD research internship at the Institute of Plant Sciences -Paris Saclay University
- Mr Jackson Frazer: University of Adelaide (previously), full enrolment into a Masters of Hydraulic and Civil Engineering at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Energie, l’Eau et l’Environnement
- Mr Nathan Kerwood: The Australian National University, exchange to the University of Grenoble Alpes as part of his Bachelor of Arts (majoring in political sciences)/ International Relations degree
- Ms Jessica O’Rielly: University of Adelaide, internship at Naval Group in Toulon within the framework of her PhD thesis on human factors
- Ms Grace Sutton: Deakin University, cotutelle in zoology between Deakin University and the University of La Rochelle studying fauna in the Kerguelen Islands
- Mr Kurt Walkom: University of New South Wales, short program at INSA Lyon for the INNOV@INSA summer school
The following laureate was selected from the waiting list for the second round of grants :
- Ms Talia Melic: University of Melbourne, cotutelle in urban geography between the University of Melbourne and the University Paris-Est studying the effects of housing projects in Paris and Melbourne
The following laureates were selected for the new ‘Internship in France Student Mobility Program’, which is a project between the Embassy, the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) and Macquarie University, also associated with the Group of Eight universities, established in 2017:
- Ms Simone Hargraves: Macquarie University, research internship at the University of Bordeaux on the topic of "Mechanisms of angiogenesis and tumor cell invasion in brain tumors"
- Ms Miriam Kael: University of Melbourne, research internship at the University of Bordeaux on the topic of "Membrane-active peptides"
- Ms Bridgette Watkins: Macquarie University, research internship at the University of Bordeaux and French industry partner RR Medsciences Pty Ltd on the topic of "Characterisation of the biological mechanisms of Biocuplex, a new potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory compound"
- Mr Andrew Elvey Price: University of Melbourne, research internship at the University of Bordeaux on the topic of "Combinatorics of planar Eulerian orientations"
- Mr Filip Vukovi’c: Curtin University, research internship at the University of Bordeaux on the topic of "Theoretical model of irradiation damage propagation"
- Mr Jesse William McNamara: RMIT, research internship at the University of Bordeaux on the topic of "Study of the immuno-oncogenic functions of meprin in liver cancer"
- Mr Yuanming Yan: Monash University, research internship at Paris Sciences et Lettres and French industry partners Renault and Areva on the topic of "Reactivity of Mg alloys"
- Mr Callum Knight: RMIT, research internship at the University of François RabelaisTours: INSERM on the topic of "Novel nebulisation process for aerosol delivery of biotherapeutics to treat respiratory diseases"
- Mr Jackson Shields: University of Sydney, research internship at the University of Côte d’Azur and French industry partner Thales Underwater Systems on the topic of "Classification of Underwater Data with Deep Learning"
The following laureates were selected to participate in a short program as part the "Health Innovation Project" collaboration between the University of Côte d’Azur and the University of Sydney:
- Mr Alexander Blackwell
- Mr Luke Gordon
The Embassy wishes to thank the Australian Society for French Studies (ASFS) for their contribution to the evaluation of applications relating to the domains of humanities and social sciences.
The Nicolas Baudin Grant is eponymously named after the famous French explorer and botanical voyager who, in 1802, at the same time as Matthew Flinders, charted the coast of New Holland (Australia).