Research Fellowships at Paris Institute for Advanced Study in France, 2019-2020

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Scholarship Description: The Paris Institute for Advanced Study (Paris IAS) is currently accepting applications for two calls for applications for research fellowships in 2019-2020 open to researchers of all nationalities.

The primary mission of the Paris IAS is to be a research centre anchored in the humanities and social sciences (HSS), with the aim of fostering a fruitful dialogue between researchers from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds.

Scholarship Provider: The Paris Institute for Advanced Study (Paris IAS) is a research centre in the field of the humanities and social sciences (SHS), and related disciplines. It offers globally-recognized senior and junior researchers a chance to carry out five- to nine-month research stays in Paris.

Degree Level: Fellowships are available to pursue research.

Available Subject: The Paris Institute for Advanced Study is launching two calls for applications for research fellowships in 2019-2020 open to researchers of all nationalities.

– One call for 5 or 10-month fellowships in the “Blue Sky Research” program, open to all disciplines and themes in the humanities and social sciences.

– One call for 5 or 10-month fellowships in the “Brain, Culture and Society” program. This call is for researchers willing to conduct a project at the interface between neuroscience, cognitive science and the humanities and social sciences.

Scholarship Benefits: Conditions of Stay

The Paris IAS provides its fellows with housing and a monthly remuneration (or the complement of remuneration). It also pays for their round-trip ticket to Paris.


The Paris IAS provides apartments in the Pavillon Victor Lyon at the Cité internationale Universitaire de Paris. This building, entirely refurbished, offers 2-room to 5-room apartments, a conference room and other services.

Status and remuneration

Fellows who maintain their status in their home institution benefit from a stipend. For others, the Paris IAS proposes a short-term research contract with salary. In all cases, the remuneration depends on the fellow’s personal and professional situation and on whether she or he continues to receive pay from her/his home institution. The benchmark pay scale corresponds to prevailing standards in French academia.


Travel costs from the fellow’s home to Paris and back are covered by the IAS (economy class).


The IAS’ fellows will need to get a personal insurance covering all risks during their stay, for themselves as well as the persons accompanying them.

Support for research

During their stay, the fellows will have an office in the premises of the Paris IAS, in the 17th Century Hôtel de Lauzun, with a computer, Internet access, and printer. The IAS provides meeting and conference rooms.

The fellows may receive financial support for their work and scientific activities, including the organization of events (colloquia, seminars, lectures, etc.). Help for the translation and publication of their research texts can also be proposed.

The Paris IAS and its partner institutions have signed agreements enabling the fellows to enjoy special access and borrowing privileges in the main Paris university-based research libraries. In addition, the fellows can have most books and documents delivered directly from the libraries to the institute.

Eligible Nationalities: Researchers from all countries are eligible.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

Researchers from all countries are eligible.

This call for applications is open to:

  • Junior scholars with or without a permanent position in a university or research institution, who have received their Ph.D. no later than April 1st, 2016. The applicants who have held their PhD for more than 9 years will be considered as senior researchers.
  • Senior researchers holding a position in a university or research institution, or emeritus professors, having a minimum of 10 years of research experience after their Ph.D. (received before April 1st, 2008).
  • The institute is bilingual. Knowledge of English is required. The applicants are also expected to understand written and spoken French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English.
  • Applicants who have spent more than a total of 12 months in France during the 3 years prior to the application (that is, between February 15th, 2015 and February 15th, 2018) are not eligible.

Application Procedure: The application, in English or French, must be submitted via an online application system (see the guide “How to apply”). Mail or e-mail applications are not accepted.

The application consists of an online form with the following attached documents:

  • a curriculum vitae (10 pages maximum) including a list of publications and a list of the 5 publications considered as the most important by the applicant;
  • a detailed research proposal (25 000 characters maximum, spaces included, bibliography not included). The proposal should include :
  • theme
  • state of the art in the field, innovative character of the proposal
  • methodology or theoretical framework
  • expected outcomes
  • work planning, timescales
  • existing or planned scientific cooperation and contacts in France
  • bibliography (books and articles cited)
  • a letter of cooperation signed by a member of a university or research institution based in France. Preference will be given to projects conducted in cooperation with the partners of the IAS (see list below). The planned collaborations may include the organization of conferences and series of lectures or the preparation of a research project to be submitted to an international funding agency (like the ERC or the EU H2020 program);
  • in the case of Junior Fellows, two letters of recommendation from French or international researchers.

Scholarship Link

Deadline: April 3, 2018

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