Graduate Student Fellowship Research Opportunity

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The French Centre Nationalde la Recherche Scientifique and the University of Arizona are leaders and long-time research partners on grand challenges raised by the social, biological, physical, and technological sciences of the global environment. To foster and expand research cooperation on these grand challenges, the two institutions are partnering as a new International Research Center (IRC) whose program is overseen by CNRS’ National Institutes together with UArizona Vice Presidence for Research, Innovation and Impact, Vice Presidence for Global Environmental Futures, and multiple Colleges. This Call for Proposals sets the new IRC program in motion with strong support to outstanding collaborative projects.

The CNRS & University of Arizona new International Research Center (IRC) is issuing this call for proposals to support joint, collaborative research in areas including (and not limited to) social sciences and humanities, biodiversity and earth sciences, space sciences and high energy physics, material and optical sciences, and mathematical and information sciences.Each project will be co-directed by one CNRS team and one UArizona teamand submitted jointly as one proposal. Selected projects will be awarded two graduate student (PhD) three-year fellowships, one granted by CNRS to the CNRS team, and one granted by UArizona to the UArizona team. In addition, each student supported by a fellowship will receive travel funds to visit the collaborators’ team at the partner institution. Up to five collaborative projects will be selected through this call.The CNRS-UArizona IRC is solliciting projects that demonstrate three qualities:

  • Address a research grand challenge that the teams, by working together,are in aworld leadership positionto tackle.
  • Focus on a specific goal or milestone that can be reached on a three-year timeline, and that can make a transformative contribution toward the grand challenge.
  • Combine and integrate teams’ expertise into an exceptional capacity that no single team could achieve, and that has potential to last and develop beyond the confines and terms of the project.

While we expect teams with a productive history of collaboration to be in a strong position to apply, projects involving new collaborations are also encouraged. CNRS and UArizona are committed to facilitate the emergence of such new collaborations.
Teams interested in finding partner teams at the other institution to develop a full proposal may send a pre-submission enquiry (see Call for proposal - contact information in Section8 below) including a one paragraph description of their project conceptand a short statement (two to three sentences) of the expertise they intend to partner with. To successfully facilitate these collaborations, enquiries must be submitted by February 18, 2021

Une attention particulière est accordée aux domaines suivants : SHS, biodiversité et sciences de la terre, sciences de l’espace et physique des hautes énergies, sciences des matériaux et de l’optique, et sciences mathématiques et de l’information.

Call opening:  February 4, 2021 
Submission deadline: March 14, 2021 at midnight Paris time (4pm Arizona time).
Notification:  April 12, 2021 

 

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