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The LIA Origins has been renewed for the 2013-16 years by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the CNRS.

China and France have signed in October, 22th 2008, in Beijing, an agreement to create an International Associated laboratory called "Origins" in the field of Astrophysics. Origins activities include research on the origin of the matter and energy in the Universe, origins of the galaxies and heavy elements and origins of planets including those possibly hosting life. Its main goals is to favour and support collaborations between chinese and french research teams, in both science and instrumentation.

The LIA “Origins” 2015 Calls

The LIA “Origins” 2015 Calls for Proposals for Exchange Programs, Postdoc Positions, and Visiting Programs


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1. Call for Proposals for Short Exchange Visits

The LIA provides supports for short visits for French and Chinese researchers to visit their collaborators in the other country. For Chinese researchers visiting France, LIA-France will provide the local support in France, and vice versa. Applications should be submitted to LIA-France and LIA-China respectively, for evaluation by the Scientific Committee.

The goal of the LIA is to support Sino-French collaborative efforts, especially in cosmology, extragalactic and extra-solar planets. Proposals should include: name, e-mail address, collaborator(s) in the other country, the nature of the proposal (visit, instrumental collaboration etc…) and its scientific justification as well as a description and justification of the financial support that is requested.

The deadline of application is March 15, 2014. Proposals should be sent (preferentially in English) to ed12d119231617eed31e121a1d2520eb2a141d1a121f18f1131220df1214df141fd3ef0a121f1419261fd1fd1a121f18d1ede012ef tKvu9TripzF5MeOylTaI8pKKW58nxn caesar Please enable Javascript on your browser to be able to see emails (LIA-China) for the Chinese applicants and to 8aaf6eb6c0b3b48b70bbafb7bac2bd889eafc2c0b7b1b7af7c9bafb7bababdc28ebdb0c1bebb7cb4c0708c9eafc2c0b7b1b7af6e9bafb7bababdc28a7daf8c vKecDF59GxlMMuvwZEDb7vyCMV75lJ3 caesar Please enable Javascript on your browser to be able to see emails (LIA-France) for the French applicants.

2. Call for Proposals for One Month Visits in France

The LIA can provide support for up to 4 visits of one month. Conditions for applications are similar as those for the first Call. The financial support depends on the level (professorship or not) but should not be less than a normal salary in France. Proposals asking for more than a single month visit will also be considered.

The deadline of application is March 15, 2013. Proposals should be sent (preferentially in English) to f61bda222c1f20f7dc271b23262e29f4331d26231b2821fa1c1b29e81b1de81d28dcf8131b281d222f28da06231b2821daf6e91bf8 Qc4mjJwATcSD0Ida8HQwdpBH04S6cw caesar Please enable Javascript on your browser to be able to see emails (LIA-China) for the Chinese applicants and to fc21e028322526fde22d21292c342ffa1021343229232921ee0d21292c2c2f34002f2233302dee2632e2fe1021343229232921e00d21292c2c2f34fcef21fe nL4FnMpoPVL4dDfDooIanQRsDOVEgpi caesar Please enable Javascript on your browser to be able to see emails (LIA-France) for the French hosts.

3. Call for French Researchers to Work in China

(in line with the CAS’ Overseas Researchers Program)


The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) offers a package of international fellowships, collectively called the “CAS President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI)”, to support highly-qualified international scientists and postgraduate students to work and study at CAS institutions and strengthen their scientific collaboration with CAS researchers. The PIFI program is available for four categories of international researchers and students: distinguished scientists, visiting scientists, postdoctoral researchers and international PhD students. The open period for application is from 1 July to 31 August. The French applicants should contact their Chinese hosts who are responsible for completing the paperwork and submitting the proposals.

(1) Category A: PIFI for Distinguished Scientists:

The CAS President’s International Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists supports leading international scientists to conduct a lecture tour at CAS for 1-2 weeks. Each professor is invited to visit at least two CAS-affiliated institutions (research institutes or universities) to lecture and interact with CAS researchers and postgraduate students. He or she is also expected to host CAS postdoctoral researchers at CAS expenses at his or her lab for a research stay of 1-3 months.

This fellowship provides each awardee with a stipend of 50,000 per week, to cover all expenses for this lecture tour, including a round-trip international airfare, accommodation, meals, transportation and honorarium.

Candidates should be well established and internationally recognized scientists in their respective research fields, having obtained outstanding scientific accomplishment and prestigious international honors, awards or prizes.

(2) Category B: PIFI for Visiting Scientists:

The CAS President’s International Fellowship for Visiting Scientists supports high-caliber international scientists to carry out cooperative projects at CAS-affiliated institutions for 1-12 months. The fellowship aims to create or strengthen partnerships between CAS host institutions and the recipients’ home institutions.

 The fellowship provides a monthly stipend to cover living expenses, health insurance in China, and economy-class round-trip international travel. Awardees of full professor or equivalent title, associate professor or equivalent title, and assistant professor or equivalent title will receive stipends of 40,000, 30,000 and 20,000 per month respectively.

 Candidates should have: 1) Academic title of at least assistant professor or equivalent; 2) A record of outstanding scientific accomplishment; 3) Five years’ work experience in a well-known university, research institution or multinational corporation; 4) A collaborative research proposal prepared in cooperation with the CAS host institution.

(3) Category C: PIFI for Postdoctoral Researchers:

 The CAS President’s International Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers supports promising young international scientists to conduct research at CAS-affiliated institutions for 1-2 years.

 CAS offers an annual salary to postdoctoral researchers to cover living expenses and health insurance in China. Each selected awardee will receive a pre-tax stipend of 200,000 per year. In addition, the fellowship provides an economy-class round-trip international travel.

 Candidates should: 1) Hold a PhD in natural or technological sciences; 2) Be under the age of 40; 3) Have a recommendation from a CAS host researcher; 4) Present a collaborative research proposal prepared in cooperation with the CAS host institution.

(4) Category C: PIFI for International PhD Students:

The CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship for International PhD Students supports 200 international graduates each year, to pursue their PhD degrees at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or CAS institutes around China.

International students will take regular training courses at UCAS/USTC for about a year and carry out research and dissertation at CAS institutes. In addition to tuition waivers, this program will provide travel support and visa application fees for selected awardee, as well as a monthly allowance to each awardee.

Candidates should: 1) Be under the age of 35; 2) Have no other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship; 3) Meet the admission criteria for international students of UCAS/USTC; 4) Hold a Master’s degree before the start of the fellowship period; 5) Have working proficiency in either English or Chinese;

4. Other Calls(for information)

Calls for Chinese Students who would like to do PhD in France:

For Chinese students who are interested in spending their PhD (or part of their PhD) in France, here are three calls --

Calls for Chinese Reserchers who would like to visit France:

5. There are also some possibilities in universities and research institutes, to be discussed case by case.

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