Scholarships for 2017-2018:

PLAS@PAR is offering a one-year scholarship to international students to study plasma physics at the Master 2 (M2) level. The scholarship period is from Sept 2017 to July 2018 and courses are given at the University Pierre et Marie Curie (http://www.upmc.fr).

The enrollment will take place in the Master of Physics and Applications in the master program “Physique des plasmas et de la Fusion (PPF)” (http://master-plasmas-fusion.fr/ppf/).

Objective

The main objective of the program is to offer the opportunity to the top-class students with a solid background in physics and applied mathematics, the possibility to study a wide scope of topics within plasma physics, in order to work in plasma research programs, whether natural or artificial, cold or hot, diluted or dense. Hence, the teaching program covers all aspects of plasmas both naturally (it has a prominent role in the universe) or artificially created on Earth, often in extreme conditions. Indeed, they are central to many applications: from electrical devices to ion beams and cold plasmas for industrial applications, or as sources of short X-ray and energy, which is particularly important in the context of the magnetic or inertial thermonuclear fusion.
Teaching integrates theorety, simulation and experimentation in research laboratories and on Large Scale Research Facilities: Tokamak ITER and WEST, LMJ power lasers (Laser MegaJoule), Apollo laser, Petal, Laser X, pulsed machines in the national federation framework "Training for Plasma Science and Fusion".

Language

Courses are primarily taught in French, but the lecture notes and exam papers can be in English. The students are required to have good writing and oral skills in French (B2) as well as in English (B2) (details available here). Additional French classes will be provided by PLAS@PAR (30 ~ 70 hours/year) before the start of the academic year, and/or during the year.

Date and location

The academic year extends from September 2017, to June 2018, and takes place in different locations in Paris and its area. Note that PLAS@PAR also organizes an introductory lecture in plasma physics during summer, usually in August, which could be of interest for the students applying for the international M2 scholarship (http://www.plasapar.com/en/summer-school-2017/).

Financial conditions

A monthly scholarship of 1000€ will be provided from September 2017 up to July 2018.

PLAS@PAR will provide 500€ for installation expenses.

NB: in 2016, the registration fees for a master's program at UPMC was about 256€. The cost of the annual student social insurance was about 215€. These expenses, as well as travel expenses, will be managed by the selected candidate.

Accommodation

If available, PLAS@PAR will provide rooms at the CUIP (Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris) located in the 14th district of Paris. The rent for students is about 400-500€/month. State subsidies may be provided once the student is in France and after application (about 100€/month at the CIUP).

Some information, which may facilitate your stay, may be found at http://www.fnak.fr

Eligibility

Applications are open to students of all nationalities if they fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • To hold a Bachelor degree in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics (or a certified equivalent in the same field, i.e. 3 years of studies, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS)
  • To have achieved the first year of a Master's degree either in Physics or Astronomy, corresponding to at least 60 ECTS.
  • To have a solid knowledge in general physics, statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, spectroscopy and electrostatic.
  • A previous internship in the area of plasma physics is encouraged.
  • A good knowledge of English and French attested by certificates (certification not required for native speakers).

Application Procedure

An application with the following documents should be sent to PLAS@PAR:

  • Certificates and diplomas from previous education (stamped and signed copies) including the ”baccalaureat” or equivalent qualification.
  • Transcripts of completed courses and academic grades (stamped and signed copies).
  • Proof of English and French language skills.
  • A copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph or some other document of identification
  • Curriculum Vitae including academic studies and professional experience
  • Cover letter
  • Recommendation letters in French or English from one or two senior experts (with email, addresses, phone number) in your field of study (stamped and signed copies).

The complete application should be sent in PDF format. Deadline was May 26, 2017.

If you have any question please contact: Xavier Fresquet