French government scholarship holder Matthew Mayne is leaving for France this August to pursue his joint PhD program in Geology at l’Université Jean Monnet.

Matthew Mayne is a PhD student in Geology, specialising in Metamorphic Petrology, at Stellenbosch University. This month, he will be heading to l’Université Jean Monnet in Saint-Etienne as part of a joint PhD program. Campus France South Africa recently caught up with Matthew to find out more about his upcoming research trip to Saint-Etienne.


Matthew was first drawn to the opportunity to go to France when he was looking for funding opportunities to pursue his BSc Honours degree at Stellenbosch University. This led to his first encounter with his South African supervisor (Prof. Gary Stevens), who presented him with a project in collaboration with his current co-supervisor Prof. Jean-François Moyen: the project would “merge [his] passion for mathematics and programming with a geological application,” Matthew enthuses, adding that it “proved to be an enormous success and followed on to my MSc and now my joint enrolment in a PhD program."

Matthew considers himself “extremely lucky to have found a working group that is challenging but supportive and pushes me to my limits.”

While this dedicated young doctorate student is humbled by the opportunities awarded to him, he is no stranger to travelling abroad for his studies, having spent time in Southern Africa, the UK, France and other European countries to attend conferences, workshops, field trips and perform field work.

Matthew is particularly excited about the opportunity to work with his co-supervisor (Prof. Moyen) and attending the Goldschmidt 2017 conference in Paris. He hopes to complete his PhD program successfully after which he would like to find a job as a researcher or begin a post-doctoral position.

Matthew find out about the French government Master’s and PhD scholarship program through an email advertisement sent by his university.

Source: Campus France South Africa

publie le 07/08/2017

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