The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education for Research and Innovation (MESRI) have launched a visiting fellowship program to welcome young researchers wishing to carry out their research in France as part of a “One Health” approach.

MOPGA 4: Visiting Fellowship Program for Young Researchers (40 fellowships)

Description of the Visiting Fellowship Program for Young Researchers (in English or en français):
– Title of the project
– Keywords (6)
– Abstract of the research project (2,000 characters max.)
– Context and motivation (2,000 characters max.)
– Scientific objectives (2,000 characters max.)
– Methodology and planning report (4,500 characters max.)
– Project position in relation to the “One Health” scientific domain (2,000 characters max.)
– Collaborations and/or impacts for the candidate’s country of residence in relation to the research project proposal (2,000 characters max.)


Candidates must have obtained their PhD less than five years prior to the application, i.e. they must have defended their PhD between May 2016 and April 2021. They should not have resided in France after September 1st 2020 (more than 90 days) and they must not be French nationals. The start of the visiting fellowship for young researchers in France is due to take effect in January 2022.

40 fellowships will be awarded under this call. 

When reviewing applications, particular attention will be paid to ensure geographic diversity of the MOPGA 4th call laureates. As such, 7 fellowships will be reserved for young researchers from sub-Saharan African countries (list given below, excluding South Africa).

List of the 49 sub-Saharan African countries (excluding South Africa): Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, St. Helena, Sao Tome Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Chad, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 


Foreign researchers holding a doctoral degree for less than 5 years can respond to this call for proposals. All nationalities are eligible except the French one.

40 fellowships will be awarded to the young researchers over a 12-month period from January 2022

The fellowship includes the following benefits:
– Monthly allowance of 2,500 euros  
– Moving allowance of 500 euros
– Support for social security coverage 
– Support for health insurance

A visiting fellowship agreement with the French host institution will be established between the institutions and the laureates. It will specify the means and resources made available by the host laboratory so that the researcher can carry out the research project.


In accordance with the ambitions and requirements of this call for applications, the selection process will be carried out by an internationally recognized jury based on national scientific expertise.


Applicants must submit their research project online on the following link: with the following supporting documents:

1. Your CV with the list of your publications in English (4 pages maximum)
2. Copy of your PhD diploma
3. CV of your research supervisor in the French host institution for the visiting fellowship (2 pages maximum)
4. Letter of support from the French host institution 
5. Letters of recommendation (maximum 3)
6. Copy of your Passport or National ID


– March 8th, 2021: Application period opens
– May 3rd, 2021: Application period ends
– End of October 2021: Notification of results
– January 2022: Arrival of the laureates in the host French institution and beginning of the one-year research visiting fellowship\

Application Deadline: May 3rd, 2021

For More Information:

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