Scholarship at Francophone University Agency (AUF)
The Francophone University Agency (AUF) awards 310 grants to postdoctoral scholars in its member institutions. Grants include a monthly stipend, in addition to other benefits. The grants are designed to enable scholars who obtained their doctorate within the past 5 years to pursue their research goals. AUF is a worldwide network of 635 institutions of higher education and research. AUF supports mutual cooperation and support among postsecondary institutions that use French as their working language. The mobility grant program accords priority to institutions of more modest means. It is designed to encourage students, scholars, and faculty from the South to travel to other institutions in the South or North, and to enable those from the North to visit the South. Mobility between institutions of the global North is not among the priorities of AUF. AUF's mobility priorities can be summarized as follows: South–South, North–South, and South–North. Applicants from the South are therefore encouraged to consider host institutions in the South, provided their needs for academic training can be met there. Grants to enable applicants from the South to travel to the North are made with the understanding that grantees will return to their home country. Wherever possible, the doctoral program for which a mobility grant is requested should be a dual- or joint-degree program. In such cases, grantees will divide their time between their home country or region and an AUF member institution in the host country, in accordance with a predetermined protocol. Applications for the International competition, which welcomes candidates from any AUF member institution located in one of the 9 geographic zones covered by an AUF regional office, are open from September through December for the following academic year. Applications for Regional Competitions, which are limited to candidates from an AUF member institution located in the geographic zone managed by the AUF regional office that issues the call for proposals, are open from February to May of each calendar year.