France is offering scientists 4-year grants to move to the country to work on climate change solutions. The move comes after President Trump announced that he would be withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement on June 2.
Scientists, researchers, teachers, and students are invited to apply for a fully-financed 4-year grant that allows them to carry on their studies or instruction. Entrepreneurs and heads of NGOs are also being offered the opportunity to apply for funding from the federal government. The program’s website, Make Our Planet Great Again, explains:
“You will be able to stay in France at least for the duration of the grant, and longer if you are granted a permanent position. There is no restriction on your husband / wife working in France. If you have children, note that French public schools are free, and the tuition fees of universities and ‘grandes écoles’ are very low compared to the American system.”
The website also provides information on obtaining a work visa and residency permit, as well as some guidance on settling in France. The country is notably one of the most passionate about the global fight against climate change. President Emmanuel Macron, for example, has promised substantial funding for climate initiatives.
Macon’s election even breathed new life into a recorded speech in which he looks into the camera and appeals to American “researchers, entrepreneurs, [and] engineers working on climate change” to move to France and continue their work in the country. The video has been making rounds on popular social media platforms.
“I do know how your new president now has decided to jeopardize your budget, your initiatives, and he is extremely skeptical about climate change,” he said. “I have no doubt about climate change.”