The PRESTIGE programme, coordinated by Campus France, is co-financed under the Marie Curie Actions-COFUND of the FP7. PRESTIGE officially started on the 1st September 2014 for a total duration of 5 years (01/09/2014 - 31/08/2019). PRESTIGE aims at fostering the international mobility of post-doc researchers.
Three mobility schemes are available:
Incoming, allowing foreign or French researchers complying with the Marie Curie Actions mobility rules to carry out their post-doctoral research work in France;
Outgoing, for researchers already working in French research institutions and universities (French citizens or other nationalities) wishing to carry out a post-doctoral research project in another country
Re-integration, targeted at nationals of EU Member States or Associated Countries working in research for at least 3 years in another Third Country to come to France to further develop their career.
PRESTIGE is a co-financing programme, funding about 1/3 of the post-doc fellow’s living, mobility and research allowance, while the remaining 2/3 are financed by another partner, either public or private. PRESTIGE should help to strengthen and broaden various existing mobility initiatives, thus making both France and the European Research Area (ERA) more attractive to researchers.
PRESTIGE is open to all scientific fields provided that each proposed research project is in compliance with the EU ethics rules. Co-financing partners may however limit the eligible scientific fields, according to their own prioritised thematic areas.
Any post-doc level researcher complying with the Marie Curie Actions mobility rules (not have resided or carried out his/her main activity - work, studies, etc. - in the country of his/her host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the application deadline) may apply for funding through PRESTIGE programme. Furthermore, each applicant has to secure a co-financing for his/her PRESTIGE mobility from the host organisation (for Incoming and Re-integration schemes) or sending organisation (for the Outgoing scheme).
Eligible applications will be evaluated by an international scientific panel and the final decision will be taken by the PRESTIGE Steering Committee. Each selected researcher will be entitled to be mentioned as both “PRESTIGE Fellow” and “Marie Curie Fellow”.
The programme is open to any scientific field and research topic, as far as in compliance with EU ethics regulation and rules.
- The applicant must be in possession of a doctoral degree or having at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent). PhD students can apply provided that they will be in possession of their doctoral degree by the start of the post-doc mobility.
- The applicant must comply with the Marie Curie Actions mobility rules (not have resided or carried out his/her main activity - work, studies, etc. - in the country of his/her host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the application deadline)
- The hosting/sending research institution must be in France
- There is no age limit and no nationality requirement (although for the Re-integration mobility some restrictions apply)
- The applicant should not already benefit grant from another EU grant
- The applicant must provide a letter of recommendation from the host institution
- The applicant must provide a commitment letter from the hosting/sending institution on the co-financing of his/her research mobility
- The online application must be complete and sent by the relevant cut-off date
- If selected for funding, the researcher must be paid from the hosting/sending institution at least the PRESTIGE minimum living, mobility and research allowance