Research Grants available for French Polynesia

Call For Projects – Coral Reef Research In French Polynesia

Fundamental Or Applied Research In Natural Sciences Or Human Sciences. In the context of a Donation funding from Robert WAN - Tahiti Perles group benefiting the Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs (IRCP), four grants are available to young scientists (<35 yrs) of French nationality or foreigners for scientific projects to be part of PhD, Postdoc or degrees of similar levels. Research projects will deal with coral reefs or lagoons of French Polynesia. Four candidates will be selected each year, in June, by an IRCP scientific committee. Two candidates will be chosen by this committee while the two remaining candidates will be chosen by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) from a preselection list established by the IRCP.

One of the candidates, at least, will be a South Pacific Island States national, in order to promote training for scientific research in these countries. Grants of 4500 € (euros) will cover travel expenses to and from French Polynesia, accommodation and research costs. Selection results will be notified before June 30th. Selected candidates will perform their respective projects in no more than 12 months, following the grant notification. A preliminary report will be written in the month following the end of field work. A final report, including at least one publication project in a peer reviewed scientific journal of good standard, will be provided by the successful candidate in the following year. The grant will be mentioned in reports and publications under the name ‘IRCP – Tahiti Perles’.

Successful candidates will have their names and corresponding research projects communicated to the media. Research field work will also be covered by the media, when in French Polynesia. The EPHE (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes - mother administration of the IRCP) and Tahiti Perles will also seek media coverage in the context of the attributed grants, in French Polynesia, France or any other foreign country.

Applications will include a CV (3 pages max), a research project (5 pages max), a financial appendix (including estimated expenses - 1 page max).

Please send applications prior to April 30th to:
Thierry Lison de Loma, PhD
Responsable Administratif IRCP (Institut des Récifs Coralliens du Pacifique)
CRIOBE (Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l'Environnement) - USR 3278 CNRS-EPHE

BP 1013 PAPETOAI 98729
Ph: (+689) 561345 / 737002 (Cell)
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