The FIAS fellowship program in France Fully Funded 2022

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PRESENTATION

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 gives SSH scholars worldwide the possibility to spend one academic year in five of France’s most innovative scientific regions: Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Montpellier.

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.

How To Apply To The FIAS Fellowship Program In France Fully Funded 2022

Call for applications

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme offers 10-month fellowships in the four Institutes of Paris, Marseille, Montpellier and Nantes (the Lyon IAS won’t be offering FIAS fellowships in the 2022-2023 call for applications). It welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists primarily in the fields of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH).

Available positions for the 2022-2023 academic year: 28

  • Paris: 17
  • Marseille: 4
  • Montpellier: 3
  • Nantes: 4

The call is open to all disciplines in the SSH and all research fields. Research projects from other sciences that propose a transversal dialogue with SSH are also eligible.  Some of the five IAS have scientific priorities they will focus on more specifically. 

The Fellows will benefit from the support and conducive scientific environment offered by the IAS, in an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows and in close relation to the local research potential. The fellows will be free to organize their work and conduct research as they wish.

WORKING CONDITIONS

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
    • Option 1 — Work contracts will be offered to the fellows when they do not already have a full-time work contract. Employment contracts will provide FIAS fellows with French national insurance schemes (unemployment, pension, health and accident insurance).
    • Option 2 — Paid Leave. As FIAS will recruit exclusively outstanding researchers, a large share of them will already benefit from work contracts with their home institution during the whole duration of the FIAS fellowship (e.g. sabbatical leave). Under such conditions, the FIAS will not provide another work contract but will sign a direct contract with the fellow for a net €2,700 living allowance. In case the home institution asks for the reimbursement related to the existing work contract, the host IAS will do so up to €2,700 (if the salary is lower than €2,700, the complement will be directly transferred to the fellow). In case the home university work contracts would not provide full social protection in France, complementary insurances covering health and accident will be provided to the fellow.
  • 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 8 months 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

Eligibility

FIAS awards fellowships to outstanding researchers of all career levels, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists. The minimum requirement is a PhD + 2 years of research experience at the time of the application. 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 are eligible to the Programme but they have to have spent no more than 12 months in France during the three years prior to the application deadline.

The FIAS candidates must fulfill all the eligibility requirements to be considered:

  • 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).

  • Mobility

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.

  • Disciplines

The Programme is open to all Social Sciences and the 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 and late applications are not considered eligible. Applications not complying with the maximum length criteria will not be considered. Applications in languages other than English (also partially) will not be considered.

  • Other

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).

EVALUATION AND SELECTION

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

  • June 1, 2021: opening of the application platform
  • July 6, 2021, 6:00 pm (Paris, France time): application deadline
  • July 2021: eligibility check
  • July-October 2021: double peer review
  • November 2021: preselection by the FIAS Selection Committee (communication of preselection results, December 2021)
  • December 2021 – January 2022: selection of fellows by IAS Scientific Advisory Boards and communication of results

Conditions

FIAS fellowships offer the following conditions:

  • A net living allowance (equivalent to take-home pay) of €2,700 per month *
  • Two flexible contractual options, considering individual situations: work contracts or paid leave*
  • Adequate social security coverage
  • Accommodation or support for relocation
  • An individual research and training budget equivalent to €2,500 per year
  • Travel expenses (one round trip from the fellow 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

About The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme

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

About us

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme proposes to strengthen scholarship and mobility in the Social Sciences and Humanities by enlarging and upgrading the offer of scientific residencies in France to international experienced researchers. It will give SSH scholars worldwide the possibility to spend one academic year in five of France’s most innovative scientific regions, in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier and Nantes.

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