Australia France Network of Doctoral Excellence
Horizon Europe
Approval no 101081465
Start: 2023
End: 2028

AUFRANDE is a highly ambitious 15.6M€ interdisciplinary doctoral training program linking France and Australia through 64 unique doctoral training positions. Led by RMIT Europe with participation of 22 French and 15 Australian academic partners and supported by over 40 non-academic partners

AUFRANDE aims to create a critical mass of collaborative doctoral training agreements between multiple institutions across France and Australia, reinforced with regular events where Candidates and Supervisors come together, share common experiences and build a sustainable community. The many legal and procedural elements developed to link the French and Australian research ecosystems during AUFRANDE implementation will lay a strong foundation for long-term impact on future collaborations and careers.

To ensure that AUFRANDE attracts top talent globally, all Candidates will:

  • dual-enrol, earning doctoral degrees from both France and Australia,
  • be employed in France on attractive salaries with full social security benefits,
  • able to extend contracts up to 3.5 years, giving ample time to complete secondments, research and training activities,
  • spend up to 12 months on secondment in Australia, with generous 10,000€ travel allowance.


  • Each position will be advertised with at least three topics to choose from, proposed bottom-up by Supervisors across all disciplines.
  • All research projects will have the direct involvement of a non-academic partner, ensuring inter-sectoral experiences and societal relevance of the research,
  • Training schools will be held regularly at multiple locations across France and Australia, bringing Candidates and Supervisor together to learn and network.
  • Dissemination will aim to attract female, at-risk and widening countries applicants,
  • Best practises in international co-supervision and doctoral training will be documented and shared with the international community.

Australian Partners :

  • University of New South Wales
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Rmit University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • The University of Sydney
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of South Australia
  • James Cook University
  • The Flinders University of South Australia
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Deakin University
  • Queensland University of Technology - Qld Qut
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


Europe This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Project coordinator :



Contact IMT Atlantique : Gilles Coppin

from the Computer Sciences department

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