French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program 2022

French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program 2022

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme offers 10-month fellowships in the six Institutes of Aix-Marseille, Loire Valley, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes and Paris. It welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists primarily in the fields of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH).

The French Institutes for Advanced Study (FIAS) Fellowship Programme strengthens
scholarship and mobility in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (SSH) by enlarging and upgrading the offer of scientific residencies in France to international experienced researchers.

FIAS supports individual research: fellows, released from teaching and academic commitments, will benefit from unsegmented time to conduct bottom-up research with the greatest freedom, with the IAS strong scientific and extra-academic support.

FIAS is designed to provide fellows with the material and intellectual conditions that will generate a significant boost to their professional careers as they can produce in a short time what would have taken years to do in the fragmented time at their home institutions, because of administration and teaching commitments.

FIAS fosters intellectual exchanges: fellows get exposed to the collective benevolent
intelligence of international and multidisciplinary cohorts of fellows, which brings their work to a higher, and often transdisciplinary level.

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS For French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program 2022

Degree & experience
At the time of the application deadline, researchers will have to be in possession of a doctoral degree plus 2 years of full-time research experience after the degree. Exception will be made for scholars with a Master + 6 years of full-time research experience after the degree (PhD training will not be considered in the calculation of experience).

Researchers from all countries and nationalities are eligible to the programme. Applicants must fulfil the transnational MSCA mobility rule: incoming researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.

The programme is open to all social sciences and humanities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to check the IAS’ websites to learn more about the scientific orientation of the Institutes and their potential opening to disciplines outside the humanities and social sciences. Applications from artists matching the eligibility requirements are welcome.

Administrative requirements
Applicants must provide full application forms and all requested documents through the online application platform. Incomplete applications are not considered eligible.

Applications not complying with the maximum length criteria will not be considered.

Applications in languages other than English (even partially) will not be considered. This includes letters of recommendation and support.

Late applications will not considered – the online application platform prevents applicants from submitting after the deadline.

The FIAS Fellowship Programme is committed to ensuring equal opportunities and working towards greater diversity within its academic community. It will not discriminate against researchers in any way (gender, age, ethnic, national or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinion, social or economic condition).

How to Apply for French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program 2022

In order to start the application process, you need to create an account via the user space. The FIAS application and evaluation processes are done exclusively online.

Once logged in, you will be able to access the application form. You can then proceed with the process.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents (in English exclusively):

  • The completed FIAS online application form
  • A detailed curriculum vitae comprising a list of publications
  • Copy of the PhD/Master diploma in a pdf format -if the writing system/script used in the diploma is not Latin (but, for example, Cyrillic, Chinese, Arabic or some other), a Latin script university certificate or official translation is requested-
  • A detailed research proposal (maximum 5 pages and a bibliography – 1 additional page)
  • A selection of three to five publications (articles or book chapters) *
  • Up to two letters of recommendation (optional) **
  • A letter of support/interest by an IAS’s local scientific partner (only requested and mandatory for Le Studium (Loire Valley IAS), for the Collegium de Lyon, for MAK’IT (Montpelier IAS) and for the Paris IAS.


The scientific selection will be competitive, merit-based and conducted through international independent peer review.

The candidates considered eligible, will be evaluated by independent international experts and by the FIAS Scientific Committee according to two criteria:

1. the scientific excellence of the applicant (40% of the mark)

2. the quality of the research proposal (60% of the mark)

The final decision will be carried out at the level of each IAS with its Scientific Advisory Board. It will be based on the marks and ranking of the applicants as well as on:

  • the adequacy with the Institute’s research priorities (openly published at the time of application)
  • the potential contribution to and interaction with the IAS scholarly community
  • the collaborative opportunities with local academic and intersectoral partners
  • the ability to nurture long-term scientific and non-academic collaborations
  • the expected impact on the applicant’s career

Calendar of implementation:

  • Application deadline: June 2, 2022, 6:00 pm (Paris, France time)
  • June 2022: eligibility check
  • July – October 2022: double peer review
  • November 2022: preselection by the FIAS Selection Committee (ii)
  • January – February 2023: selection of fellows by IAS Scientific Advisory Boards and communication of results (iii)
  • September/October 2023: arrival of fellows

Applicants are notified electronically via their FIAS userspace of the assessment of their project after (i) the eligibility check, (ii) the preselection by FIAS Scientific Committee AND (iii) the final selection by the IAS.


FIAS fellowships offer the following conditions:

  •  A net living allowance (equivalent to take-home pay) of min. €2,700 per month: It will be delivered to all fellows in the context of a work contract (via their home institutions or via the IAS hosting the fellowship). Arrangements will be based on the fellow’s individual situation and interest, depending on the option chosen (see next point);
  • Two flexible contractual options, considering individual situations: work contracts or paid leave
  • Adequate social security coverage
  • Accommodation or support for relocation: all the successful applicants will benefit from the support of the FIAS Programme officer and IAS administrative staff during the negotiation period, necessary for arrangements relating to work contracts and other administrative, professional, social and logistical issues (e.g. negotiating academic leave, finding accommodation, planning school enrolment, language courses, etc.).
  • An individual research and training budget equivalent to €2,500 per year: it will cover the organisation and participation in scientific events (including the annual meeting of FIAS fellows) and specific skills acquisition related to their research project. This budget will be held by the host IAS and spent upon fellow’s request.
  • Travel expenses: one round trip from the fellows’ home country
  • Same working conditions as the IAS’ other fellows, including individual offices, special access and lending privileges in university-based research libraries, IT services, multiple collective spaces
  • Skills training opportunities

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