French American Doctoral Exchange Seminar (FADEx) : Ocean-Climate

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French Ph.D. students can refer to the French version of this article.

Introduction to FADEx-O

The objective of the French-American Doctoral Exchange (FADEx) program is to enhance exchanges between French and American PhD students working in the same field and to develop French-American scientific collaborations.

As with every edition of the FADEx program, ten American PhD students are invited for a week in France. The same number of French PhD students are also selected to follow this thematic seminar. This program allows these young researchers to present their work to their peers in an international conference situation (the language used is English) while remaining in an informal setting. PhD students can thus develop their skills in presentation of their scientific work, in analysis and in discussion. Participants in the program are also invited to attend conferences given by researchers who are experts in their field. This program also serves as an opportunity for American students to better understand the French research system. Bringing French and American students together is then used as a basis for developing future collaborations.

New in this edition, to encourage long-term exchanges, an equivalent seminar with the same young researchers will take place in the United States in spring 2018.

The theme of this session focuses on Ocean and Climate. Indeed, in 2015, the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States chose the Ocean and Climate as a priority theme and launched a series of scientific workshops FACT-O, French -American Climate Talks on Ocean. Climate change adaptation and mitigation, at the heart of international discussions, necessarily involves a better understanding of the oceans which play an essential role in the climate system. The study of the oceans covers a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines, including marine geology, physical and chemical oceanography, marine biology and social sciences. FADEx-O is designed for young researchers from all these disciplines.


All selected PhD students are invited to present their thesis at a seminar and a poster session. They also participate in workshops to identify scientific convergences and foster future collaborations. The program of visits in France takes place in three regions so as to visit some emblematic places of French oceanographic research: in Brittany, in Paris, and in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Marseille-Nice). Because this is also an opportunity for sharing a good time between French and American delegations, this scientific seminar will also include tourist activities and friendly moments.

Application and Funding

The call for applications will be opened from May 2017. Ten Ph.D. students enrolled in American universities will be selected to participate in this post-graduate program and grants will be offered by the Office for Science and Technology to cover a round trip ticket to Paris, travel within France, accommodations and most meals. Non-US citizens enrolled in US universities are eligible, except French citizens. The jury will base its decision on the scientific excellence of each candidate, his/her motivation and the maturity of the scientific project.


Submission of applications: May 2017
Results: June 2017
Seminar and visits in France: Beginning of October 2017
Seminar and visits in the United States: Spring 2018

Partners (TBC)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography - UC San Diego, University of Southern California, University of Maryland, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science - University of Miami

Ocean and Climate Platform, The European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) , Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC - Sorbonne Universités), Villefranche-sur-Mer oceanological observatory, Aix Marseille University, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Ifremer, Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute


Embassy of France in the United States
Office for Science and Technology
4101 Reservoir Road - Washington, DC 20007 - USA
- Pierre Michel, Attaché for Science and Technology,, +1 (202) 944-6216
- Natan Leverrier, Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology,, +1 (202) 944-6252