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Periodic Report Summary 1 - PRESTIGE (PRES Towards International Gain of Excellence)

PRESTIGE is co-financed under the Marie Curie Actions-COFUND of the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development for a total duration of 5 years (2014-2019). It is coordinated by Campus France, the French National Agency for international student and researcher mobility.

PRESTIGE aims at fostering the international mobility of researchers by offering post-doctoral research fellowships to and from France. PRESTIGE is a co-financing programme, funding about 1/3 of the minimum required post-fellow’s living, mobility and research allowances, while the remaining 2/3 must be financed by another partner, either public or private. PRESTIGE is open to all scientific fields and any French organisation is eligible to host/send PRESTIGE co-funded fellows.

Applicants must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least 4 years’ research experience (PhD students can apply provided that they are in possession of their doctoral degree by the start of the post-doc mobility period). There is no age limit and no nationality requirement (although for the Re-integration mobility some restrictions apply). The Marie Curie Actions mobility rule applies: applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their hosting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the application deadline. Selected researchers cannot benefit from another EU funding scheme during the PRESTIGE co-funded mobility period.

Three mobility schemes are available:
- Incoming (co-financing grants for 12 or 24 months), allowing foreign or French researchers to carry out their post-doctoral research work in France;
- Outgoing (co-financing grants for 6 or 12 months), for researchers from France wishing to carry out a post-doctoral research project in another country;
- Re-integration (co-financing grants for 12 or 24 months), targeted at nationals of EU Member States or Associated Countries working in research for at least 3 years in another Third Country wishing to come to France to further develop their research career.

The call for applications is continuously open with 4 cut-off dates per year: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, December 31st. Applications in English must be submitted through the PRESTIGE Online Submission Tool before one of the 4 cut-off dates.

A total of 357 fellow years are available over the whole duration of the programme.

During the first two years of the PRESTIGE programme, 118 researchers (corresponding to more than 160 potential fellow years) have been selected through 7 cut-offs. Out of them and taking account 19 withdrawals for personal or professional reasons, 99 PRESTIGE Fellows are actually co-funded, corresponding to 136 implemented fellow years and representing as many as 33 different nationalities. More than 50 French higher education and research organisations are already involved in the programme as hosting and/or sending institutions.

Campus France has also promoted the PRESTIGE programme worldwide at near 80 targeted events, training sessions and meetings, through its overseas offices spread over 120 countries and the French diplomatic network, as well as online on EuraxessJobs, its own websites, the PRESTIGE website and social media campaigns. Different information and promotion tools, in English and French, are also available on the programme website for potential applicants, hosting/sending institutions and multipliers (e.g. a poster, a flyer, a FAQ).

For more information:
PRESTIGE Online Submission Tool:

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