The French government has launched four new programmes aimed at attracting international students and academics that are keen to study and research earth sciences, climate change, sustainability and the transition to renewable energy.
The schemes build on the interest of the country’s Make Our Planet Great Again initiative, which was launched by President Emmanuel Macron last year in response to US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement.
The initiative, which offered research funding for foreign scientists, in particular those based in the US to “join France to lead the fight against global warming”, received responses from more than 11,000 students and researchers.
The new programmes, which have been launched by Campus France and the ministries of Europe and foreign affairs and of higher education, research and innovation, will provide €50,000 (£44,800) for about 20 doctoral students to study for three years starting in 2018.
A further €25,000 for a single year, or €50,000 for two years, will be available for between 20 and 40 postdoctoral contracts.
Also coming under the umbrella of the Make Our Planet Great Again initiative are funds for about 40 foreign doctoral students and researchers to spend up to five months in French laboratories during 2018. Meanwhile, about 50 master’s students coming to France for a year or two from the start of the 2018-19 academic year will receive scholarships worth €1,060 per month.