Nicolas baudin travel grant : FAQ
Who is eligible to apply for the Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant?
- Australian citizens and international students are both eligible, with the exception of French citizens. If you are in possession of dual Australian-French citizenship please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- International students wishing to apply must be currently enrolled at an Australian university.
- Applicants not currently enrolled at an Australian university, or who do not currently reside in Australia, will not be eligible for consideration.
- Applicants must apply for the grant under one of the three mentioned frameworks (exchange, full degree, or internship). Circumstances which do not fall under one of these frameworks will render your application ineligible for consideration, including the Language Teaching Assistant Program.
I’m living in a country other than Australia. Am I eligible to apply for the grant in order to undertake an internship/ program of study in France?
No, you will not be eligible to apply for the grant. The grant supports student mobility from Australia to France only (including French overseas territories such as New Caledonia, French Polynesia or Reunion Island) . For this reason it cannot be used for travel between a country outside of Australia.
Do I really have to pay for an academic transcript?
Certain universities provide a statement of results or unofficial academic transcript for free. Please see acceptable examples here. If your university cannot provide any of the suitable documents, you must buy a transcript. Screenshots of your grades online will not be accepted.
What does the grant cover if my application is successful?
The grant will cover the cost of the successful applicants’ return flights between Australia and France. All recipients of the Baudin Grant exempt from paying any visa fees as the recipient of a French government scholarship. Laureates of the General Program will also receive Campus France private insurance covering a period of your stay. In addition to the travel grant, laureates of the Internships Initiative benefit from a funding scheme involving a $2500 mobility grant from their home university and a monthly stipend from the host institution. All other related costs, including accommodation and domestic travel, will be at the successful applicant’s own expense.
Will I receive the funds as a lump sum if my application is successful?
- General Program: Successful applicants will not physically receive the funds for the return flight ticket. They will be put in contact with the Campus France approved travel agent to organise for their flights to be booked. Once this is done, the Embassy of France will pay for the cost of the return flights between Australia and France, up to the value of €1600.
- Internships Initiative: Grant laureates will receive a grant from the Embassy paid as a subvention to their university. In some cases, the entire amount is transferred directly to the student with the university’s contribution.
I have not received an email with my account activation link. What should I do?
Please first check your junk/ spam folder. If you cannot find the email in here, please contact email@example.com for assistance, ensuring that you mention your full name.
Please do not create multiple accounts.
Is there a requirement for the type of referee I have to use? Should they be academic, professional or personal?
There is no requirement on the type of referee you must use, however they should be able to attest to your academic capabilities/ achievements and character at a minimum. For this reason, applicants often use an academic referee.
Can I get an extension to apply?
No. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
I have submitted my application. When will I know the outcome?
The Embassy will inform applicants of their application outcome within 2 months after the deadline. Please be patient during this time, as we receive a very large number of applications for this program and there are numerous parties involved in the decision-making process. In the meantime, for any questions you may have please contact the Embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you offer advice/feedback on my application?
No. Due to the large number of applications, we cannot offer any feedback to individuals during or after submission.
Does the applicant or the Embassy organise the opportunity abroad?
- General Program: It is up to the applicant to have organised their own study abroad before applying for the grant.
- Internships Initiative: Internships are proposed by French higher education institutions for Australian students to apply to. Students cannot submit their own internship projects (but may collaborate with a French institution to do this during the submission period.)
I have applied for a study abroad/exchange/full degree program in France, but I haven’t received my official letter of acceptance yet. Am I still eligible to apply?
In order to be eligible for the grant, you must be able to provide proof in the form of a letter of acceptance from your home university in Australia (Exchange) or the French university (Full degree). Please find examples of acceptable documents here.
My exchange isn’t until January next year. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately, students undertaking exchange programs beginning in the first half of the calendar year may not be eligible because there is only one round of applications per year and the letter of acceptance is required at the time of application.
I have already booked my flights between Australia and France/ I have already left Australia. Can I still apply?
No. The Nicolas Baudin travel grant consists of a return ticket between France and Australia, booked by Campus France. Therefore it is impossible to be awarded the grant if you have already booked your flights or have already left Australia.
Is it possible to arrive from Australia to a different nearby destination other than France such as London?
Yes, but the grant will only cover the cost of the return flight between Australia and the destination, and will not cover any further costs associated with your travel to France from the original point of entry. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check all visa requirements related to the point of entry before arrival.
Can I apply for more than one internship?
Yes, you are welcome to apply for as many internship offers as you like, as long as you are eligible for each one. Please do not create multiple accounts - You are able to submit more than one application with a single account, but you must create separate application files, stating your motivation for that specific internship in the relevant field. Please email email@example.com to inform us of this as soon as you have completed and submitted all your applications, including a list of the internships you have applied for in order of preference in case you are chosen for more than one.
I want to apply for an internship, but I’m not at the same level of study specified in the proposal. Can I still apply for that internship?
Yes. Students of any level, Bachelor through to PHD, can apply for any internship, even if the offer specifies a certain level. The Embassy of France will transmit all eligible candidatures to the French institutions, and the hosting university will select the candidate.
I want to apply for an internship, but I’m not from the partner university specified in the proposal. Can I still apply for that internship?
Yes. Students from any of the participating Australian universities can apply for any of the internships under the Internships initiative, even if they are not at the partner university indicated on the proposal. The Embassy of France will transmit all eligible candidatures to the French institutions, and the hosting university will select the candidate.
Can I apply to undertake an internship at the end of my studies?
No. French law requires that all interns maintain student status for the duration of the internship. Anyone who has qualified for or graduated from the degree for which they have been enrolled is not eligible.
The proposed dates on the internship offer don’t suit me. Can I still apply?
Yes. In most cases these dates are not fixed, and it is up to the intern to negotiate their start and end dates with their supervisor.