The FADEx (French-American Doctoral Exchange) program was created in 2014 by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States. This program aims to enhance scientific exchanges between American and French Ph.D. students working in the same field of research in order to encourage the development of French-American collaborations. This program also serves as an opportunity for American students to better understand the French research system.
The French and American Ph.D. students who participate in this program are selected through a call for applications. The jury bases its decision on the scientific excellence of the candidates and their motivation.
For each edition of the program, a group of ten American Ph.D. students selected as laureates is invited to France for a week to participate in a thematic seminar with the French laureates. The students present their work to their peers in an international conference setting (the working language is English), while still maintaining an informal atmosphere. These interactions and the resulting increased mutual understanding between French and American Students will serve as a foundation for the development of future collaborations.