Presentation of the Mourou/Strickland program

In 2018, the Embassy of France in Canada implemented a two-way mobility program for researchers between France and Canada.

That same year, Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo, Canada) and Gérard Mourou (Ecole polytechnique, CNRS – France) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, the highest scientific distinction. This prize was awarded jointly to them for their collaborative work on lasers, and more specifically on “frequency drift amplification”.

As the objective of the Embassy’s mobility program is to initiate scientific partnerships between French and Canadian teams, it seemed appropriate to refer, in its title, to these two prestigious researchers and their successful collaboration. The Embassy of France in Canada thanks Professors Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou for their patronage and we wish all the winners of this call for projects to follow in their footsteps!

The title of this program refers to two physicists; however, it is open to all fields of research.


What is offered?

The Mourou/Strickland mobility program is aimed to finance short research mobility, in France or Canada. Laureates are offered :

– 1 round-trip economy class flight between Canada and France or between France and Canada

– A contribution to living expenses (3 per diems maximum, the length of stay may be longer and is at the discretion of the researcher. More information in the Guidelines).


Eligibility criteria and application forms

The Mourou/Strickland program is open to all researchers from Canada outside Quebec, as the province of Quebec already has specific programs with France. (More information about programs between France and Québec here)

Applicants must :

– Be attached to a laboratory or department of a Canadian or French university or research centre.

– The program is open to all researchers. However, priority will be given to researchers who have held a tenured position for less than 10 years.

Please read carefully the 2020 Guidelines before submitting your application.

Your complete application must include:

– The Application Form

– A letter of invitation from the host institution

– A short CV

It must be sent as a single PDF file to the following address: [email protected]

Twenty grants are awarded each year.

Program Schedule

The 2020 call for applications is closed since 15 January 2020.

The Mourou/Strickland program is aimed to be renewed in 2021. Applications will open in the autumn of 2020.

Research visits are generally carried out between mid-March and 31 December each year.

Information in summary : consult our flyer

For more information about the program, you can write to [email protected] or contact us by phone at +1 613-562-3794.