Q&A – FAQ

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Before you call the coordinator of the Chateaubriand fellowships, please check all the questions below. Any information given by the coordinator of the Chateaubriand fellowships is prevailing on whatever is written on this website.

Terms and conditions
Communication
Selection procedure
Documents required
Duration, dates and vacation
Health insurance
Visa


Terms and Conditions

1. Who can candidate to the Chateaubriand fellowships?
The Chateaubriand fellowships of the French Embassy include all fields of research (Exact and life Sciences, Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences). They aim to support Israeli  Master and Ph.D. students for a period of 1 full year in France, beginning on September 1st and for Israeli researchers  - to conduct research in France for a period of 4 to 6 months. 

2. I would like to do a Master in France. Can I apply to the Chateaubriand fellowships?

Yes. From this year, Masters are also elgible to apply.

3. By the end of the academic year, I will get my BA degree and would like to apply for a Master Chateaubriand fellowship. Am I eligible?

Yes

By the end of the academic year, I will get my Master degree and would like to apply for a Ph.D Chateaubriand fellowship. Am I eligible?

Yes.

4. I applied last year for a Chateaubriand fellowship but was not selected. Can I apply to your program again?

Yes, if you apply for FELLOWSHIPS for STUDIES giving right to a DIPLOMA (MASTER or DOCTORAT), you need to provide an updated registration proof from a French University or an updated  letter from a thesis supervisor, affiliated to a French University. The  2 new recommendations letters will need to be dated of  today..

Yes, if you apply for a TRAINING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS - HIGH LEVEL SCIENTIFIC STAY, you need to provide all the documents updated, including an invitation letter with the date of today.

5. I am not an Israeli citizen but live in Israel. Can I apply to your program ? 
No. 

6. Is there an age limit to apply to the fellowships?

Please be aware that age limitation has been removed.

7. I am married and I have children. Can I apply to your program?
Yes, however if you get the fellowships, you are the one who gets all the rights and benefits and health insurance by Campus France.

8. I have a French-Israeli dual citizenship. Am I allowed to apply for the Chateaubriand fellowships?
No. You are not eligible to apply if you have a French-Israeli dual citizenship.

9. I don’t speak French. Will it be a barrier to my application?
No, the ability to speak French is not a selection criterion. Nevertheless, it is preferable to learn French before your departure. Learning French saves time and is an excellent way to get prepared for your stay in France.

Secondly, if you are registered to a Master degree, a french level is required in most of the programs. It is your responsabilty to check it out. 

More information about French courses at the French Institute in Tel-Aviv here http://institutfrancais-israel.com/he/%d7%94%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%a1%d7%99%d7%9d/

More info about Master studies in France is available here : http://cataloguelm.campusfrance.org/master/#/catalog

10. I am currently doing my studies in France. Can I apply for the Chateaubriand fellowships? 
Yes, you can candidate even if you currently stay in France, however if you apply for FELLOWSHIPS for STUDIES giving right to a DIPLOMA (MASTER or DOCTORAT), your highest diploma must be an Israeli diploma 

OR

if you are doing a dual diploma (PhD), you have to be registered as well in an Israeli university.

11. I started my studies in a French laboratory last year. Can I apply to fund my 2nd year?

Yes, you can apply for the Chateaubriand fellowships as long as you do not have another resource of funding in France + as long as your highest last diploma is an Israeli diploma.

For 2 years Master programs, the fellowships can be renewed for 1 additional year, in order to complete the program. A statement that the student is admitted in 2nd year + record of the first year's grades must to attached to the prolongation application and needs to be sent before the end of May, 2021 to contact@ambfr-il.org and to d.lebowitz@ambfr-il.org

For PhD programs, the fellowships can be renewed up to 2 additional years, in order to complete the program. A letter from the student thesis director must to attached to the prolongation application and needs to be sent before the end of May, 2021 to contact@ambfr-il.org and to d.lebowitz@ambfr-il.org

12. I started my Post doctorate in a French laboratory last year. Can I apply to fund my 2nd year?
No, you can apply for the TRAINING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS - HIGH LEVEL SCIENTIFIC STAY only if you have a valid employment contract in Israel or a Post-doc felowship in Israel.  

13. I want to apply for a PhD fellowships and am no longer registered in an Israeli university. Can I apply?
Yes. However, if you are doing a dual diploma (PhD), you have to be registered as well in an Israeli university OR you have to hold an Israeli Master degree.

14. Who needs to write the invitation letter?

The invitation letter has to be written by the French institution that is willing to host you.

15. Can I get another fellowship together with the Chateaubriand fellowships ?

Only if the other grant you get is from an Israeli source (like your university in Israel). Otherwise, you are not eligible to get another French source financial support.

 

 

Communication

16. Who can I contact if I still have questions regarding the application procedure or specific questions regarding the Chateaubriand fellowships ?

We recommend you first of all to read carefully the FAQ (where you could find 45 questions on diverse subjects) and then if you still have questions, you are welcomed to send an e-mail to contact@ambfr-il.org. You are also welcomed to 

follow us on our Facebook page in order to get updated information about the Chateaubriand fellowships and other opportunities that may suit you: https://www.facebook.com/science.france.israel 

 

Selection procedure

17. What are the selection criteria?

  - Excellent academic background of the candidate,
  - Scientific quality of the project,
  - Scientific quality of the host team,
  - Interest of the project for the French-Israeli scientific cooperation over the long term.

18. Who sits on the jury?
The jury is composed of Israeli and /or French university Professors under the chairman of the Scientific and Academic Attaché. The jury is revised every year depending on the leading science fields that appear in the application forms.

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the juries will be meeting only in July and thus the results will be sent by email to the candidates by the end of July.

 

Required documents - All documents must be in English, documents in Hebrew (and in French) will not be accepted.

19. I will not be able to provide my BA/Master/Ph.D. diploma before the deadline of the shorlarship. Can I enclose any other document proving that I will finish it in time?
Yes. You can upload a document attesting that you have finished all your studies duties for your BA/Master/Ph.D diploma and indicating the approximate date you will get it. You will upload them in the Other documents section (up to 3 documents).

20. Can you help me to find a position in a French university?
You have to contact a French laboratory or a French university by yourself. Before applying for the TRAINING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS - HIGH LEVEL SCIENTIFIC STAY, you must contact the host institution to secure a position.

21. Do I need to upload the grade sheets of my B.A?
Only grades of the highest diploma are required.

So, if you apply for a Master, you should upload your BA + its grades.

So, if you apply for a PhD, you should upload your Master degree + its grades.

 If you apply for TRAINING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS - HIGH LEVEL SCIENTIFIC STAY, your PhD diploma is required, but no grade sheets are required.

22. Is it mandatory to provide 2 recommendation letters?
Yes, we apply for a FELLOWSHIPS for STUDIES giving right to a DIPLOMA (MASTER or DOCTORAT), you need to upload 2 recommendation letters but they should not come from your French hosting institution. Please pay attention that only signed letters and preferably on institution paperhead will be accepted.

If you apply for a TRAINING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS - HIGH LEVEL SCIENTIFIC STAY, there is no need to provide recommendation letters.

23. Will you accept a recommendation letter from my host institution in France?
No, we need 2 recommendation letters but not from your hosting institution.

24. Who needs to upload the 2 recommendation letters ?
Please pay attention that the recommendation/reference letters (in English only) should not come from your French hosting Institution (but can come from any country). Either you can uplod the reference letters by yourself in STEP 2, either you can ask your referring teachers to send them to our System Manager : Fabien Serna Ostrowsky at fabien@hashkey-services.com.

25. What do you mean by an invitation letter from the French hosting institution?
A letter of agreement of about 1 page, explaining briefly their support for your application to carry out a research in their institution. The equipment that will be provided at your disposal and the team support also need to appear in the letter.

26. What should be in the cover letter? 
The cover letter should explain why your collaboration with France is important and how it will lead to future long-term collaboration between the two countries (French-Israeli publication, mobility of doctorates from the 2 countries, bi-national symposium, etc…). The cover letter needs also to emphasize the fact that your willingness to conduct research in France is not only an individual project but involves research institutions from France and Israel that already cooperated in the past or that are in the middle of launching a scientific and academic collaboration. In addition to that, the cover letter should not enter too much into scientific details as the jury is composed by reviewers from diverse disciplines who are not always familiar with your research area.

27. How long should be the cover letter ?
The cover letter should be between 1 to 2 page(s) maximum.

 

Duration and dates

28. Can I apply for a shorter period?
The FELLOWSHIPS for STUDIES giving right to a DIPLOMA (MASTER or DOCTORAT) are long-term grants of 1 full year of stay in France.

However, if you apply for TRAINING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS - HIGH LEVEL SCIENTIFIC STAY, you need to choose for how long you wish to stay in France: from 4 minimum to 6 months maximum and indicate the exact period you would like to be in France. The fellowships laureates will have to start their stay in France no earlier than 1 September 2020 and no later than 31 December 2020. They will have to return to Israel no later than June 30, 2021.

29. I apply for FELLOWSHIPS for STUDIES giving right to a DIPLOMA (MASTER or DOCTORAT) and would like to begin my study, or to leave Israel, before September, 1st. Can I apply to your program?
Yes, you can arrive in France before September, if you have met all of your obligations towards the French Embassy and if you have long stay visa for France. However, you will not get any financial support before September,1st.

30. I apply for FELLOWSHIPS for STUDIES giving right to a DIPLOMA (MASTER or DOCTORAT) and would like to begin my study in France after September ,1st. Can I apply to your program?
It is not recommended, but in special/personnal reasons cases, we can allow our fellows to arrive in France after September, 1st, but you will not receive any financial compensation if you overstay in France after August 31st, next year.

31. I apply for FELLOWSHIPS for STUDIES giving right to a DIPLOMA (MASTER or DOCTORAT) and during my stay in France, am I allowed to travel to Israel for experimenting purposes or for short  vacations?
Yes, you can come back to Israel for carrying out experiments or for short vacations but only for short period of time and in agreement with your French hosting institution. The Chateaubriand Fellowships Program and Campus France will not provide any extra funding for these travel expenses.

32. I apply for TRAINING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS - HIGH LEVEL SCIENTIFIC STAY and during my stay in France, am I allowed to travel to Israel for experimenting purposes or for short vacations?

Yes, you can come back to Israefor carrying out experiments or for short vacations but only for short period of time and in agreement with your French host. However don't forget that you get a short term fellowships of only 4 to 6 months and that you may loose precious time when you are away.

33. I would like to travel to France a number of times but not on a continuous work period. Can I apply to your program?
No, non-continuous work periods are not eligible.

34. Can fellows go on vacation during their say in France (to Israel or to other destinations) ?

Only fellows of the FELLOWSHIPS for STUDIES giving right to a DIPLOMA (MASTER or DOCTORAT) are allowed to take vacation, however only during university holidays. Regarding researchers (as they anyway get short fellowships), we suggest them to go on vacation before their departure to France. This limitation is motivated in order to allow researchers who get the Chateaubriand fellowships to take advantage of the opportunity they get and to conduct research in France at the full period of their fellowships.

 

Health insurance

35. Will I get a health insurance or do I have to subscribe by myself?
There is no need to subscribe as Campus France will take care of it and even manage it for you. You will be eligible to a health insurance equivalent to the Securité Sociale in France.

36. Will my family be covered by the health insurance provided by Campus France?
No, you will be the only one covered by this health insurance. Regarding your family, they should take care of it by themselves.

37. Who can I contact if I have specific questions regarding the health insurance?
Once you get the fellowship confirmation from Campus France, a detailed document will be provided with the insurance details. An email alias will be provided for specified/personalized questions.

38. Do I need to subscribe to a supplementary health insurance in France (mutuelle)?

It is up to you to decide according to your personnal situation.

 

Visa

39. Do I need a visa to stay in France?
If you plan to stay for 3 months in France or more, you do need a visa. The Consulat Général de France in Tel Aviv http://www.ambafrance-il.org/article9937,9937 or in Jerusalem can provide these official documents (02-6298529, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m).

40. Which kind of visa should I apply for?
If you are a Master student, you will apply for a "long-stay visa valid as a residence permit for students" (visa long séjour valant titre de séjour "étudiant", abbreviated to VLS-TS "étudiant".

All info about the "long-stay visa valid as a residence permit for students" here : https://www.campusfrance.org/en/student-long-stay-visa

If you are a PhD student/researcher, Your host university needs to provide you a convention d'accueil and then apply for a "researcher-talent passport"(visa for scientists and researchers) and otherwise for a "long-stay visa valid as a residence permit for students" .

For doing research in France, you will apply for a "researcher-talent passport" (visa for scientists and researchers). Your host university needs to provide you a convention d'accueil.

All info about the "researcher-talent passport" visa here : https://www.campusfrance.org/en/talent-passport-long-visa

41. What will be my status?
You will have the status of Fellow of the French government (boursier du gouvernement français). 

42. How do I apply for a visa?
The Consulat Général de France in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem have full authority to deliver visa. You must submit a list of documents in original and 1 copy of each per applicant:
– 1 long stay visa application form duly filled out and signed
– 1 OFII form
– 1 recent passport photo
– valid passport (original and copy)
– 1 convention d’accueil, dully filled out, issued by a certified institution (your host institution) with the stamp of the préfecture
– The address of the place where you will be accommodated when you will arrive in France
– If required, written proof of family ties (mariage certifcate, birth certificate)
Note: When you attend the appointment, you must bring all files and the application forms. Any incomplete application will not be eligible.

People residing in Israel, excepted in Jerusalem, must book online an appointment with the Consulat Général de France in Tel Aviv. For more information, call the visa office from Monday to Thursday between 11.30 and 12.30 : 03 520 85 08

People residing in Jerusalem can do directly to the Consulat général de France in Jerusalem to the visa office from Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 12.00: You can also call 02 629 85 00

43. Do I have to pay for this visa?
No, a letter from the Scientific Department will allow you to get the visa for free. Family members who will be moving with you have to pay for their own visas.

44. How long before I left for France should I apply for my visa?

You may apply for a visa no more than two months and no less than three weeks prior to your departure.

Once you have met all of your obligations to the French Embassy and once you have received the convention d’accueil from your host institution (if you are eligible to get it), you may apply for your visa as soon as possible.

Take into account that processing of long stay visas takes a minimum of 10 working days.

45. Can I extend my stay in France after the visa expires?
If you want to extend your stay in France beyond the deadline of your visa, you must apply, before the end of validity of your visa, for a “visa extension” at the Préfecture, the institution that issues official documents for foreigners.Obtaining a visa extension is not always guaranteed and you must respect the decision made by the prefectural authority.