Call for proposals : Collaboration Program The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
CNRS and Wits are launching a joint call for proposals between the two institutes to provide matching strategic investment for developing and strengthening Wits-CNRS significant partnership in areas of mutual interest and cooperation in new promising themes.
In order to be successful, proposals will be required to demonstrate either that their partnership is already significant or how they will upscale the partnership, increasing scale and excellence consistent with our commitment to research.
This call is open to all research areas.
The scholarship is open to PhD candidates from Wits University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Up to 10 PhD candidates (5 Wits, 5 CNRS) will receive a 3-year scholarship to conduct their research project in any discipline, with additional support to travel between the two countries. The scholarships will be shared equally between the two institutions and every selected student will be expected to spend time in each other’s organisation over the course of their PhD.
The PhD candidates will be selected from qualifying projects at the two institutions in line with the strategic investment for developing and strengthening Wits-CNRS partnership. This exchange programme will enhance knowledge development and intellectual global cooperation.
This joint call reinforces the long-standing partnership between the two research organisations. The CNRS is Wits' third international partner. The CNRS and Wits lead numerous joint research projects, notably in Physics, Astronomy-Astrophysics, Anthropology, Paleo sciences, Environment and Ecology. Some of these partnerships are already supported international cooperation tools such as International Research Networks and International Research Projects, funded by CNRS and NRF.
Conditions of eligibility
- There must be one PI from Wits and one PI from CNRS on the application.
- CNRS PIs must hold an accreditation to supervise PhD students.
- Applications must be submitted by researchers working in a CNRS unit.
- Only staff will be eligible to prepare a joint project with their French counterparts.
- A PI cannot submit more than one application in the framework of this call.
- All applications must be completed and submitted in English.
Applications open from 01 February to 31 March 2021
For more information on the call or download the call for applications on the opposite side of the page.