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Post-doc fellowships in diverse fields in the region of Bretagne, in France, Bienvenüe programme (MSCA), 2nd call

Deadline: 15 Feb. 2022


BIENVENÜEis an international post-doctoral fellowship programme aiming at attracting talented scientists to develop their two-year project in Breton laboratories. BIENVENÜE is coordinated by Région Bretagne and will be implemented over a period of 5 years, with 3 annual calls of 25 24-month fellowships (2021, 2022, 2023).

What are the organisers aiming for with BIENVENÜE?

  • Attracting international high-level post-doctoral fellows, and therefore reinforcing human research potential of Brittany’s research in the long term
  • Increasing attractiveness of Breton leading research and innovation domains
  • Supporting the implementation of Breton S3 – Regional Research and Innovation Strategy – and therefore contributing to the territorial development

As co-funded programme by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA) COFUND scheme, BIENVENÜE implements key elements of the MSCA DNA.

As BIENVENUE fellow, you will have the full latitude to carry out a research project you have designed yourself. You are encouraged to develop this project in coordination with your future supervisor, if you already identified one. Projects ranging from fundamental to applied research are welcome, as long as they relate to the Breton S3 (see below).

BIENVENÜE fellows are strongly encouraged to work in a international, interdisciplinary and/or intersectorial way. You are incited to include one or several of these dimensions in your research the way it seems the most relevant to you. In particular, it can be as a mobility, named “secondment”, in another laboratory or a company.

Any thematic can be funded in BIENVENÜE, as long as you relate your research project to the Breton S3 in a direct or indirect manner. Indeed, as BIENVENÜE is part of the Breton R&I development strategy, aiming at fostering regional research excellence in identified domains:

  • Maritime economy for blue growth
  • Food economy for everyone to eat well
  • Secure and responsible digital economy
  • Health and welfare economics for a better quality of life
  • Economics of industry for intelligent production

The BIENVENÜE package covers funding for:

  • A 24-month fellowship with a minimum gross salary of 4,510€/month (this amount includes taxes paid by the fellow and the host institution on the work contract, which may vary over time)
  • Full social security coverage according to French standards: family allowance, parental and sick leave, 25 vacation days per year minimum, transport contribution, pension contribution, unenmployment benefits
  • Research costs, management and training activities (provided by the Host Institution).

The organisers aim to contribute to their fellows’ career development in two major ways :

  • Fostering scientific independence and maturity
  • Developing transversal professional skills and furthering new opportunities

To do so, the organisers are developing appropriate and constant support as well as specialized training activities.

There are two cumulative conditions to be eligible:

  • First, you must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience (you are considered as Recognized Researcher in European standards).
  • Second, you have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies…) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. For the 2022 call, please consider the period from 15/02/2019 to 15/02/2022.

These conditions are European ones and can be more restrictives as the general understanding. Also, no exception can be made.

Once the application stage closed, Région Bretagne will proceed to an eligibility check to verify the basic requirement of each application. By the end of April 2021, you will receive an email explaining whether or not your application is eligible. If it is not eligible, the email will state on which criteria it is rejected.

Then, your application will scientifically evaluated by three independent experts. They will be chosen on the basis of your project abstract, project keywords and your identity (the latter to avoid conflict of interest). The organisers will consider four criteria: scientific excellence of the project, potential of the fellow to reach professional maturity, potential outcomes of the project, and feasability of the project.

The third and final step is the consensus selection by the Scientific Board, composed of international experts. The Scientific Board will decide on a final ranking based on the scientific evaluations. Again, there will be no thematic priorization or repartition.

Deadline: 15 February 2022

Further information: website of the programme

(Euraxess LAC)

[Boletín SIUN 564, 2/3 de diciembre de 2021]

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