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France: Responsible Bodies, Initiatives and Programmes

PAUSE Programme

“Initiated by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation with the support of research communities, civil society and economic players, the mission of PAUSE (Programme d'aide à l'Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil - National program for the urgent aid and reception of scientists in exile) is to accommodate and protect researchers from countries in which the political situation places their work and their families in danger. PAUSE program awards funding to higher education establishments and public research organisations who plan to host scientists at risk, and supports their activities. It also connects scientists in exile with potential host institutions through a dedicated procedure. Facilitate professional and social integration of  researchers by accompanying host institutions as well as researchers in their efforts.
In order to facilitate the professional and social integration of researchers, the Program supports host institutions as well as researchers in their efforts by providing additional funding for training and by partnering with associations specialised in the career development of PhD-holders (Association Bernard Gregory) and in the integration of refugees through employment (Action Emploi Réfugiés).

PAUSE Program - Welcome Handbook: the guide for researchers in exile in France provides all the information on available funding sources, job and training opportunities.


MEnS Network

The Migrants in Higher Education network ("Migrants dans l'Enseignement Supérieur", MEnS) was founded in September 2017 with the support of the Conference of University Presidents (Conférence des Présidents d'Université, CPU). It groups together and coordinates higher education institutions (universities, schools, institutes) and associations, committed to the reception and integration of students and researchers in exile in France.

The members of the MEnS network share the same desire to increase their efforts to help integrate migrant students and work to promote the sharing of experiences, the pooling of information and tools and a dialogue with political institutions.

As such, they set out to alert the public authorities and develop specific responses to the challenges encountered by the institutions that receive the refugee or asylum-seeking students and researchers: access to studies, recognition of degree qualifications, French courses, coordination of activities on a local and national level.


Campus France

French Agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services, and international mobility.