Coming to Marseille

Incoming mobility fellowships

NeuroSchool fellowships (up to 1,000 €/month) are offered to master’s students from partner universities for 2 to 12 month-long mobility projects at Aix-Marseille University (AMU).

Such mobility projects may include training in laboratories affiliated to AMU Neuroscience Master’s Program.

They may also include courses (depending on inter-university agreements).

These fellowships are fully funded by NeuroSchool (nEURo*AMU, ANR-17-EURE-0029).


WARNING: these scholarships are NOT aimed at students from non-partner universities simply wishing to register to AMU neuroscience master’s program. If this is your case, please check this page to learn how to enroll to the master’s.

To be considered eligible for support through the NeuroSchool incoming fellowships, you must:

  • not be a French citizen or be a French student registered outside Aix-Marseille Academy
  • hold, at the time you take up the fellowship, a B.Sc. level degree in neuroscience or a close topic
  • intend to pursue, at the time of the fellowship, full-time graduate studies at the master’s level in a neuroscience program in a university with an established partnership with Aix-Marseille University neuroscience master’s program, i.e. the University of Helsinki, Oldenburg University, Université de Montréal and, more recently, the University of Amsterdam (UvA). NEW : starting in 2019-20, neuroscience students from the following universities may apply as well (please check with your own university International Affairs or on this page if Erasmus+ agreements have been signed and include Life Science):
    • the National and Capodistrian University of Athens (Greece),
    • the Free University of Brussels (Belgium),
    • the University of Bucharest (Romania),
    • the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain),
    • the Universities of La Sapienza in Rome (Italy),
    • Stockholm (Sweden),
    • Eberhard Karls in Tübingen (Germany).
  • have a very good university record
  • present an attestation of your fluency in French or English (B2 level required).


If you are eligible and wish to apply, here are the steps you need to follow.

1. Register your interest with the International Cooperation Officer of our master’s program : Isabelle Virard (click here to email her) +33 (0)4 91 32 46 31.

2. If you are interested in a laboratory training, check the list of research teams to look for a supervisor. Contact them as soon as possible (ask them for recent articles, journals or theses, for example) indicating that you are preparing an application for our fellowships. The more advanced your project is, the more likely it is to be selected for a scholarship.

3. If the mobility project includes courses, prepare a learning agreement with the directors of your degree and those of the neuroscience master’s program of Aix-Marseille University.

4. Fill the application form below and send it (as a single pdf file) with the complementary documents (also listed below).

5. A first round of selection will be based on academic merit (criteria detailed in this grid). Then a committee may interview the candidates to assess their fluency in French or English, their intellectual curiosity, and the relevance of their mobility project.

6. The selected applications must then be validated by Aix-Marseille University and the student’s home university.

7. Before coming to Marseille, successful applicants must then provide other documents (bank account number, health insurance certificate…) and register on of the moveonline application.

Warning :

  • To ensure that a larger number of students benefit from them, these scholarships cannot be combined with other mobility grants (PRAME, ERASMUS, etc.), except those awarded on social criteria.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to check that their travel documents are valid (passports, visas) and to buy their own airline or train tickets.
  • A certificate of attendance will be required after returning from abroad.
  • See AMU International Relations webpage and that of your own university for advice before departure.

Application and required documents

The application form has 2 parts (A. mobility project and B. curriculum vitae). Please also include the following documents (all combined into a single pdf document) in either French or English:

  • All your university transcripts
  • A cover letter that details your personal and professional project : research interests, study and career plans, how the mobility project will contribute to achieving them…
  • If the mobility project includes courses, a learning agreement filled and signed by the directors of your current degree and AMU neuroscience master’s program directors (another form may be available at your university). Please note that most master’s courses are given in French.
  • An attestion of your fluency in French or English (B2 level usually required) if neither is your mother tongue

Remember to check the specific requirements of your home university!


Applying to a NeuroSchool mobility fellowship

  • Personal details

  • Mailing address

  • Intended exchange

  • Upload documents

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Required fields *
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Provisional schedule

Next deadlines for applications:

  • Sunday, December 8, 2019 for stays in Marseille in the spring or summer (with a beginning of stay between April and the end of August 2020)
  • Sunday, May 3, 2020 for stays in Marseille in the fall or winter (with a beginning of stay between September 2020 and March 2021),
  • Sunday, November 29, 2020 for stays in Marseille in the spring or summer (with a beginning of stay between April and the end of August 2021).

Warning! Administrative procedure can be very long, especially for mobility from outside Europe. We encourage you to contact us and apply as early as possible, at least 3 months before mobility start (4 if you include August or December).

Here is a reminder of the sequence of events :

  • Information campain
  • Declaration of interest
  • Application
  • Preselection & interview
  • Result publication
  • Agreement implementation
  • Mobility start
  • The fellowship is paid monthly starting on your arrival in Marseille (several weeks of delays may be expected at the beginning)


The jury may include the following members:

Its decisions are final.


  • If you have any question, please email the NeuroSchool international cooperation officer :
    Isabelle Virard +33 (0)4 91 32 46 31
  • For general questions about international exchanges with Aix-Marseille University, you may contact the following international relations officer :
    Matthieu Porhel +33 (0)4 13 55 04 03

Plan your stay in Marseille by reading the International student handbook of Aix-Marseille University or that of the City of Marseille (in French).