Funding opportunities for students, researchers and universities

The Embassy’s missions in the higher education and research sector include encouraging student mobility, research collaboration and institutional partnerships between France and Australia. It achieves these missions by supporting students, researchers and institutions through a number of seed funding and co-funding programs.

Programs of Embassy funding

Nicolas Baudin Program

The Nicolas Baudin Program supports the mobility from Australia to France for students undertaking an exchange, a full degree or an internship in France.

The Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant covers the cost of laureates’ return flights to France for a program of undergraduate or postgraduate study or exchange.

The Nicolas Baudin Internships in France Initiative offers students from participating Australian universities the opportunity to undertake a paid research internship at a French host university in collaboration with an industry partner.

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FASIC Program

The FASIC PHC program supports joint research projects involving French and Australian research partners. The objective of the program is to develop scientific and technological exchanges of excellence between laboratories in both countries, by encouraging new cooperation and the participation of young researchers.
The FASIC Workshops Scheme supports the organisation of bilateral scientific workshops, jointly designed by French and Australian research groups on thematics of strategic interest for the future of the cooperation.

The FASIC Researchers Scheme supports researchers’ mobility from France (including French overseas territories) to Australia to develop scientific and technological exchanges of excellence between laboratories in both countries.

The FASIC PhD Scheme aims to support PhD candidates’ mobility between the two countries with the view to establish or consolidate individual connections between French and Australian research labs.
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Choose France Short Program

The Embassy supports tertiary institutions establishing short-term programs, in the form of summer schools or winter schools co-organised by French and Australian partner institutions, which bring together students from both countries around a theme of common interest.

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Other collaborative programs

SAAFE Program

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE), the Australian National Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), and the Embassy of France in Australia foster research collaborations between France and Australia, in the research areas of Human Health, Environment, and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, through the SAAFE program (Scholarship Ainse Ansto French Embassy). The program supports early career researchers at PhD and post-doc level to expand research and innovation activities and to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France research and innovation.

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Fonds Pacifique

The Fund for economic, social and cultural cooperation for the Pacific, or “Fonds Pacifique“, supports projects which will contribute to the regional insertion of the French communities: New Caledonia, French Polynesia and islands Wallis and Futuna. For more information, visit 

AFRAN Call for Initiatives

This program launched by the AFRAN Association (Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation) supports initiatives designed to federate, build and scale up thematic and local scientific communities around particular research and innovation areas such as energy, health, space, environmental technologies and services, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and advanced manufacturing, as well as Indo-Pacific governance and culture. Up to AUD $4,000 is offered towards logistics and/or travel costs for selected initiatives. 

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Internships in Australia Initiative

This reciprocal scheme of the Nicolas Baudin Program offers French students the opportunity to undertake a paid research internship at one of the participating Australian universities in collaboration with French industry partners Naval Group and Thales.

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Social Science Collaborative Research Program

This research funding program, implemented by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Embassy of France in Australia, supports and reinforces collaboration in social sciences fields between Australia and France through:

  • Research activities on a topic of interest to both Australia and France, provided to eligible French and Australian researchers, especially early- and mid-career researchers.
  • Research activities relevant to Pacific Islands Studies (including those in French overseas territories).
  • Research activities with the potential to support the development of strategic alliances between France and Australia.

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