Europe aiming to win global race for quantum talent – DigiQ program

20 universities from ten European countries will revolutionise education and training in quantum technologies in Europe with 16 brand new specialised Master’s degree programs. DigiQ (Digitally Enhanced Quantum Technology Master), the primary workforce development project of the Quantum Flagship. It is funded by a Euro 17.6 million grant over four years through the European Commission’s Digital Europe Programme.

Participating students will benefit from access to remote experiments and world-class quantum facilities, a wide array of specialist courses taught both on-site and in hybrid formats, 2 Million Euros of travel grants, and a direct route to employment through research and industry internships in over 100 European companies and labs. At the same time, innovative teaching resources developed in the project will be made available for free for the whole of Europe, accelerating development of new programs over the next four years. Finally, participating students will become part of year-long specialised international networks consisting of leading researchers and industry partners, providing the program with a social structure and an all-important web of contacts for future careers.

DigiQ has spun out of two community-driven pilot efforts, organised under the Flagship’s former education support project, the QTEdu CSA. The Quantum Technology Open Master, coordinated at Aarhus University and Czech Technical University of Prague, has set up an open ecosystem of specialist Quantum Technology courses among 26 partners. Empowering the Future Experts in Quantum Technology (Strasbourg University and Heidelberg University) has developed and trialled the network structure which will form the backbone of the student experience in the DigiQ Master degrees. The project will also be run in close synergy with the wider coordination efforts of the ongoing QUCATS CSA. DigiQ Partners ICFO and Portuguese Quantum Institute will, together with Aarhus University, help to ensure that DigiQ will support the strategic objectives of the Flagship in developing and retaining top talent.

Over 2021-2027, the Digital Europe Programme will enhance businesses, citizens and public services with new and emerging digital technologies. These include areas such as high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics and quantum technologies. Quantum Technologies are recognised as an essential part of the ecosystem of emerging digital technologies, in which Europe intends to become a leading global power.


Developed by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and launched during the French Presidency of the European Union (January 1–June 30, 2022), the “France Excellence Europa” scholarship program allows students from 26 European Union countries to obtain scholarships to study at the Master’s level in a French institution of higher education.


Conditions of eligibility

  • Being a national of one of the following 26 European Union member states: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.

    Students of French nationality, including bi-nationals, are not eligible for the program.

  • Being between 18 and 26 years old at the time of the beginning of your stay in France ;
  • Being admitted to a French higher education institution in Master’s 1 or Master’s 2 for the 2022-23 academic year ;
  • Not being the holder of a French Higher education degree or not being currently registered in France for a Higher education degree ;
  • Not be the recipient of an Erasmus +, AUF or other French ministry scholarship.


Eligible areas of study

  • Culture & Heritage
  • Education, Pedagogy
  • French Language and Civilization, Foreign Languages and Civilizations and European Studies
  • Law and political sciences
  • Health
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Computer Science and Digital


Duration of the Grant

The scholarship is awarded for a period of:

  • a maximum of 12 months when enrolling in M2
  • a maximum of 24 months when enrolling in M1


Benefits of obtaining a “France Excellence Europa” scholarship


  • Payment of a half-yearly allowance of €6,850
  • Payment of an installation allowance of €1,700
  • Exemption from registration fees for national diplomas in universities and public institutions under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education
  • Priority assistance in finding accommodations in CROUS university residences (rent to be paid by the scholarship holder)
  • Enrollment in an insurance plan during the first three months of your stay in France (pending enrollment in the general social security system) for non-European Health Insurance Card holders
  • Enrollment in supplemental health insurance
  • Exemption from the CVEC – Contribution de Vie Etudiante et de Campus [1]
  • Special discounts on cultural activities organized by Campus France.


The “France Excellence Europa” scholarship does not cover course fees, nor the cost of international or national transportation.

Understanding Quantum Technologies – 06 December, 2021 (General interest)

Understanding quantum technologies is an event organized by La recherche – INSA Strasbourg in association with QMAT (The University Research School “Quantum Science and Nanomaterials”) and with the support of PASQAL, Région Grand Est and the Feynman Foundation whose objective is to bring together experts active in the field of quantum technology, especially in the Grand Est region.

Registration is free but obligatory:

The first 50 registrants to the event will be the lucky winners of a printed copy of the book Understanding quantum technologies by Olivier Ezratty (volume 1).

The event will be opened by Pierre Grussenmeyer, Director of Research at INSA Strasbourg and by Neil Abroug, Coordinator of the Coordinator of the National Quantum Strategy.

Theme: How can the Grand Est Region become a new Quantum HUB?

– Shannon Whitlock – QMat
– Chayma Bouazza – Business developer at Pasqal – the first french startup on quantum simulation and quantum computing
– Jonathan J. Attia – Quantum standardization expert and the chair of the IEEE P3120™ Working Group for Standard for Quantum Computing Architecture
– Olivier Ezratty, author of the free eBook “Understanding quantum technologies”

– Eddie Smigiel – INSA Strasbourg
– Guillaume Chereveau – INSA Strasbourg
– Michel Kurek – Feynman Foundation
– Denis CAVALLUCCI – INSA Strasbourg

Machine Learning for Quantum X online popup conference, 5-9 July, 2021

Announcing the Machine Learning for Quantum X online popup conference, 5-9 July, 2021. Topics: ML for chemistry and materials, ML for quantum computers, ML and quantum for industry and quantum learning algorithms. Register now at

Organised in partnership between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Strasbourg with support from Eucor – The European Campus and Université franco-allemande Deutsch-Französische Hochschule UFA DFH

The Quantum Excellence Industry Event and Jobs Fair – 07-12 February 2021

The Quantum Excellence Industry Event and Jobs Fair is a online event which aims to connect students and the future quantum experts with the growing global quantum industry. The program will include presentations by field leaders and leading quantum and enabling technologies companies, including quantum computing (software and hardware), quantum sensing, quantum cryptography and quantum startups. Other highlights include an interactive entrepreneurship session and a job fair with virtual booths for one-on-one discussions between students and industry professionals.

Quantum Excellence Industry Event and Jobs Fair
07-12 February 2021.
Save the date!

Schedule: 2.5 hours/day, including talks and breakout sessions (20h30 – 23h00 EU / 14h30 – 17h00 CA (EST)  / 06h30 – 09h00 AU) via Zoom.

For more information visit and join the Quantum Excellence community on LinkedIn. Registration is free.

This event is organised by the Quantum Excellence Network, a partnership between the Universities of Strasbourg (France), Hamburg (Germany), Université de Sherbrooke (Canada) and Macquarie University (Australia), with support from the the French Quantum Science and Nanomaterials Graduate School in Strasbourg, the Institute Quantique of the Université de Sherbrooke, and the Sydney Quantum Academy.

Symposium on quantum simulations and molecular energy transport 30/11 – 01/12/2020

QMat researchers have organised a (virtual) symposium on the topic of quantum simulations and molecular energy transport in collaboration with researchers at IISER Bhopal in India as part of a Franco-Indian collaboration (funded by the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research, CEFIPRA).

Dates: 30.11.2020 – 01.12.2020 (two days)
Topics: quantum simulators for molecular dynamics, energy transfer, open quantum systems, sensing and spectroscopy. Please see the flyer for more information.

Register before 28.11.2020:

15 PhD positions in Quantum Science in a European Network (MSCA-ITN)

15 PhD positions (36 months) in Molecular Quantum Simulations ( within the framework of the EU funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Project (Innovative Training Network ITN) In this exciting project, chemistry, solid state- and quantum optical physics, materials sciences as well as classical and quantum computer science are brought together to develop new and powerful technologies, with applications ranging from chemistry to the the pharmaceutical industry. Both academic and industry projects are available. The positions are in high-level research institutions all over Europe (France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Germany).
We offer:
• Access to world class research infrastructure
• Individually tailored training programme
• secondments at leading institutions and companies within the consortium
• Expertise spanning 8 academic and 5 industrial partners
• An individualized career development programme
• Attractive employment conditions including a competitive salary (details on the website
• Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activities (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their future host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.
• Candidates cannot yet hold a PhD in any field and should have less than four years of research experience.
• The positions are open from Nov. 1st 2020 to Dec. 1st 2020. Expected starting dates from March 1st 2021 to Oct. 2021 or upon agreement.

QMat Café : An online talk series

Hello everyone, 
We would like to invite you to the < QMat Cafe | Academic & Industry > Online talk series ! This talk series addresses different fields that interest QMat community. For instance Particle, Mesoscopic and Atomic physics plus quantum information.
This week will be on Thursday 28th May 2020 at 15h00 (CEST).  The speaker is :  
Prof. Dr. Andreas Wallraff – Quantum Device Lab (QuDev) | ETH Zürich
Topic:  “Building an error-corrected superconducting quantum processor.”
To attend the talk, please follow one of the following links:
ID: 810 0202 6231
Psswrd: 168409
Each week we will post the the links to attend these talks of different topics that you might be interested in!
We hope to see you all there! Stay tuned!
QMat team