Published on 25 January 2019

Young Talents France-China is an exchange program for eminent young researchers in science and technology between France and China. It is the practical implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) and Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) of the French Republic and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China. This Memorandum of Understanding was signed during the French Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing on February 21, 2017.

This program complements the selection of exchange programs supported by the MEAE (Découverte Chine, Xu Guang Qi, Cai Yuan Pei) established to strengthen scientific cooperation between France and China by investing in the scientific leaders of tomorrow. In previous years, researchers from France and China were given a chance to be hosted in French and Chinese laboratories, as well as to undertake studies at the crossroads of the respective laboratories’ expertise in order to identify potential fields of collaborative research.

2019 represents the third year of this program. The priority themes for this year are those selected by the Franco-Chinese Steering Committee on Science and Technology (COMIX). This collaboration has identified the following priority themes:
Health, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Materials, Environment, Space, Particle Physics

On the French side of the JTFC program, the 2019 call for projects is aimed at allowing high-achieving scientific candidates to spend between 2 to 6 weeks in a research laboratory in China. Candidates must be from French universities or research institutes, have at minimum the status of research fellow or lecturer, and be under 45 years of age.

Practical Information

The laureates will receive funding* covering:

  • A return flight between France and China
  • Accommodation expenses (hotel, meals, travel), reimbursed on presentation of ticket, up to €2,500

If necessary, the laureates will have to obtain additional funding on their own initiative. This can be from their community of universities (COMUE) or institutions, from local authorities such as the region they are based in, or elsewhere.

Candidates on the French side** must send their application before March 4, 2019 to their community of universities (COMUE) or institution of affiliation. The application must include:

  • A 2-page CV
  • A detailed cover letter justifying the added value of this stay for their research
  • The contact information of the researcher and the host laboratory in China which they wish to visit

Their COMUE or institution of affiliation will submit the applications of selected candidates to the French Embassy in Beijing on March 22, 2019. The French Embassy will then select candidates based on allocated budgets and scientific priorities. The results will be released on April 3, 2019.

* The French Embassy will contact the selected candidates to carry out the required administrative procedures.
** Candidates on the Chinese side must contact the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) directly.