Hosted at various higher education instutions across France.

Do you want to work on an interdisciplinary interdisciplinary health research project in mountains? France's 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 under the banner 'Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA)' to welcome young researchers wishing to carry out their research in France as part of a "One Health" approach.

Application period closes 3 May 2021.

Who may apply?

Foreign researchers holding a doctoral degree for less than 5 years are encouraged to respond to this call for proposals. 

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

This 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.

Research themes

One Health - multidisciplinary research (animal health, human health, environmental health, as well as human and social sciences). Giving full potential to the One Health concept thus involves working on the interfaces between different sciences: human and veterinary medicine, agronomy, ecology, sociology, geography, etc.


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.

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

Selection Process

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.


Your application must include (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.)

Other documents needed:

  • Your CV with the list of your publications in English (4 pages max)
  • Copy of your PhD Diploma
  • CV of your research supervisor in the French host institution for the visiting fellowship (2 pages max)
  • The letter of support from the French host institution
  • Letters of recommendation (3 max)
  • Copy of your Passport or National ID


  • 8 March 2021: Application period opens
  • 3 May 3  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 grant.

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