Following the success of the Internships in France Initiative, and seeking reciprocity in student mobility between the two countries, the Embassy of France is launching a new scheme within the Nicolas Baudin program: the internships in Australia initiative.
The internships in Australia initiative allows French students to do a research internship in an Australian university, in collaboration with a French company present in Australia. It is launched following the agreements signed by the Embassy with Naval Group, Thales and several Australian universities during the visit to Australia of French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frederique Vidal.
The internships in Australia initiative involves the following partners:
- Naval Group
- Australian Universities :
- Group of Eight (ANU, Monash, UofAdelaide, UniMelb, UNSW, UQ, UniSydney, UWA)
- Flinders University
- University of South Australia
Students from all French universities and "Grandes Ecoles" can apply. However internship topic proposals can target specific French preferred partner institutions.
The objectives of the "Internships in France" initiative are to:
- Balance student mobility between France and Australia through a program based on reciprocity
- Offer to students from France an opportunity to discover the Australian research environment and interact with French companies in Australia.
- Strengthen student mobility within French-Australian scientific collaborations; initiate longer-term collaborations (cotutelle theses, CIFRE theses) through student stays
- Contribute to the interaction between the Australian university sector and the industry sector.
- The company (Thales or Naval Group) provides a grant to finance the cost of return travel to Australia.
- The host university in Australia provides the intern with a monthly stipend (as a minimum, equivalent to the internship stipend provided to Australian students doing an internship in France, - currently about €560/AUD889, subject to change according to current internship laws in effect).
- The home university in France is encouraged to provide the Laureate with an additional grant to help cover their daily costs during their stay in Australia (€1600).
The Embassy of France in Australia and the government of South Australia have decided to join forces to support the internship in Australia initiative.
In 2019, the State of South Australia launches the "Matthew Flinders" scholarship program. Thanks to this program, the allowance received by French students doing an internship in one of the three major South Australian universities (Adelaide University, University of South Australia, Flinders University) in the framework of the "internships in Australia" initiative will be covered by the government of South Australia.
This alliance between the Nicolas Baudin program and the Matthew Flinders program is called the "Encounter initiative", a tribute to the historic encounter between the two explorers in 1802, off the coasts of South Australia, in what is now called "Encounter bay".
1. Participating Australian universities propose 3-to-6 month research internship topics destined towards French students (licence, master or PhD level). The internship topics are designed through discussion with the industry partners (Thales or Naval Group) and French partner universities.
2. The deadline to send internship topic proposals is 15 July 2019. The internships will start from February 2020.
3. French student applications open September 2019. During this time the internship proposals will be disseminated by the French universities to their students.
4. The deadline for applications to be submitted online is 15 October 2019.
5. The selected Laureates will be announced in November 2019.
Australian Universities: Members of the Group of Eight universities, Flinders university and the University of South Australia are eligible to propose internship topics in collaboration with Thales or Naval Group. In doing so, they agree to fund the monthly stipend provided to the Laureates. The source of the monthly stipend may be the host university, the lab or the partner company. The origin of this stipend funding is specified when the internship topic proposal is submitted.
French Students: Students enrolled in any French university or "Grande écoles" are eligible to apply.
French citizens and international students enrolled in France are eligible to apply. Australian citizens are not eligible.
Participants must retain their student status for the entire duration of the internship.
Other eligibility requirements may be specified in the individual internship offers.
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