FIAS Call for Application 2022-2023

French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme

Call for Application 2022-2023

Duration of the call for application: May 31, 2021 - July 6, 2021

Contact: Constance Moréteau, IMéRA Scientific Coordinator

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About the call

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme 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).

For the 2022-2023 academic year, FIAS offers 28 fellowship positions: 17 in Paris, 4 in Marseille, 3 in Montpellier and 4 in Nantes.

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 IAS have scientific priorities they will focus on more specifically. 

The FIAS 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.



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).

Artists holding a teaching or research position in an institution, and developing approaches at the intersection of art and science, are eligible for the FIAS call.

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.


How to apply

Applications are submitted online via where you will find detailed information regarding the content of the application, eligibility criteria and selection procedure.

The application platform will be open from June 1st, 2021 until July 6th, 2021 - 6:00 PM CET (Paris Time). Late applications will not be considered.


IMéRA’s Scientific priorities in FIAS

IMéRA promotes innovative experimental interdisciplinary approaches in all areas of knowledge.

From the 2022-23 academic year, the research activity within the institute will be hinged around the following four scientific programs:

  • Arts, Sciences and Society

The program is open to scholars from all disciplines and to artists from all fields. At the intersection of art and science, it refers to the ways in which art and science together clarify, respond to, and anticipate societal challenges and activate audiences. Seeking to foster innovation and citizen participation, the program addresses the following core issues: sensory modes of knowledge creation by artists and scientists alike; multimodal forms of cultural transmission (such as hybridization between sound, text and image, exhibitions, etc); relational experiences and strategies of public engagement.

  • Interdisciplinary Explorations

The program is open to scholars from all disciplines. Theory and practice of interdisciplinarity constantly stimulate the debate on what facilitates the dialogue amongst different sciences and on what hinders it. Applicants’ projects must have an interdisciplinary dimension. Priority will be given to projects by researchers who have produced innovative and original results in their own field. Their projects might develop a reflection on the theoretical debate that animates their own discipline; on the research programmes that structure it; and on the way in which other sciences can clarify and reorient these programmes in order to face differently theoretical and practical obstacles.

  • Mediterranean

The program is open to scholars from all disciplines, to writers and to thinkers from all fields. It is part of the comparative field of "Mediterranean Studies", which is both international and interdisciplinary. This programme is built around four main research axes: critical thinking in contemporary Islam, in particular through a reflection on Mediterranean Islam; the question of ways of life, of everyday culture and contemporary forms of life ­‐ living, eating, speaking, dressing which are inscribed in reference to the Mediterranean world; the question of identity passions, between Europe and the Mediterranean, of the historical, political, national or religious references which inspire these passions and allow us to better understand their development; the question of the Mediterranean, at the time of the Anthropocene, of the climatic upheavals and of the transformation of our planet, which invite us to think of this area as a bio‐region in the making.

  • Necessary Utopias

The program is open to scholars from all disciplines, to artists from all fields and to social actors, i.e. to thinkers and to makers in the broadest sense of the term. Their project must propose new ideas and/or new practical solutions for those local or global problems that the contemporary world considers both inescapable to face but impossible to solve without really thinking and acting outside the box. The fields of invention and application of these necessary utopias are, among others: ecological crisis, health, migration, work, economic and social inequalities, urban life, education, political participation.

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