March 10, 2015

Paris IAS Research Fellowships for International Scholars and Scientists to Study in France

Paris Institute for Advanced Studies:
Call for applications for fellowships in the academic year 2016-2017

Course(s) Offered: Humanities, Social sciences, Related
Course Level: Graduate (research fellowships)
Provider: Paris IAS
Country to Study in: France

Scholarship Description
The Paris Institute for Advanced Studies welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, the social sciences and related fields for periods of five or nine months, during the academic year 2016-2017.

Researchers from all countries are eligible.

Applicants who have spent more than a total of 12 months in France during the last 3 years prior to the application are not eligible.

This call for applications is open to:
  • Senior university professors or researchers holding a permanent position in a university or research institution and having a minimum of 10 years of full time research experience after their PhD (at the time of the application).
  • Junior scholars having the status of postdoctoral researcher or holding a position in a university or research institution, and having a minimum of 2 and maximum of 9 years of research experience after the PhD (at the time of the application).
The institute is bilingual. Knowledge of English is required. The applicants are also expected to understand French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English.

Selection Criteria:
The main criteria of selection are the same for white and thematic programs:
  • the scientific quality of the project, its innovative character and it’s importance for the scientific community;
  • the career path of the applicant;
  • the quality of the scientific contacts of the applicants in France, and the applicant’s capacity to collaborate with French scholars and research teams.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT as in Eligibility above)

Participating Institutions
Paris Institute for Advanced Studies, Paris; France.

The researchers will benefit from the scientific environment of the Institute and have the opportunity to create contacts with researchers in the academic institutions of Greater Paris.

Fields of study
The Paris IAS Fellowships are awarded in humanities, the social sciences and other related fields.

Research at Paris IAS takes place inside two types of programs: the non-thematic bottom-up program based on free individual initiatives, and the thematic program, presently related to building bridges between the humanities and social sciences on the one hand, and the cognitive and neuro-sciences, on the other. For the former, fellows will be allowed to work freely on the project of their choice.

Number of awards
The Paris IAS will host around twenty guest researchers.

Sponsorship duration
Fellowships are awarded for periods of five or nine months. Applicants may request residencies for the following periods:
  • 1 September 2016 to 31 January 2017 (5 months); 
  • 1 October 2016 to 30 June 2017 (9 months) or 
  • 1 February to 30 June 2017 (5 months).
Scholarship benefits
The Paris IAS provides its fellows with a monthly remuneration (or complement of remuneration) and a total or partial coverage of their housing expenses. It also pays for their round-trip ticket to Paris.

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 he or she continues to receive pay from his/ her home institution. The benchmark pay scale corresponds to prevailing standards in French academia.

To facilitate housing for its guest researchers, the Paris IAS has formed partnerships with two residences that host international researchers: Maison Suger and Les Récollets. It covers the rent of the apartments in these residences. If a fellow chooses to live in a private apartment, the IAS can provide a housing stipend which amount varies on the basis of the family situation of the fellow.

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 people accompanying them.

Support for research:
During their stay, the fellows will have an office at the Paris IAS (Hôtel de Lauzun) with a computer, Internet access, and printer. The IAS provides meeting and conference rooms.

The fellows can receive financial support and materials for their work and research activities. This includes organising scientific events (colloquia, seminars, lectures, doctoral training, etc.) and research-related travel. Support 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 lending privileges in the main Paris university-based research libraries. In addition, the fellows can have their books and documents delivered directly from the libraries to the institute.

Method of Application
To apply, you need to be eligibly qualified.

The application, in English or French, must be submitted via an online application system. Paper or e-mail applications are not accepted.

The application consists of the following items:
  • the completed application form; 
  • a curriculum vitae (10 pages maximum); 
  • a detailed research proposal (25000 characters maximum spaces included); 
  • a letter of cooperation signed by a member of a university or research institution based in France; 
  • a list of four topics on which the applicant could give a lecture during the fellowship; 
  • in the case of Junior Fellows (2 to 9 years after the PhD at the time of the application), two letters of recommendation; AND 
  • the name of three experts with whom the applicant has not collaborated in the past.
Please visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this fellowship award and also for a detailed description of the application procedure.

The application deadline for submission of all applications is Thursday, April 30 2015, 3:00 pm (Paris time).

Preselection is in May 2015, while final selection is in November 2015.

Application results will be published in December 2015.

The primary mission of the Paris IAS is to be a research centre anchored in the humanities and social sciences, open to any discipline and subject within this domain. Its aim is to enable a fruitful dialogue between researchers from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2015
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Scholarships in France for International Students

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