French Institutes For Advanced Study (FIAS) Fellowship 2024-2025

Applications are open for the French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program. For the 2024-2025 academic year, the program offers 10-month fellowships in the seven Institutes of Aix-Marseille, Loire Valley, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris, and Rennes. It welcomes applications from high-level international scholars and scientists, primarily in the fields of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH).

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. The exception will be made for scholars with a Master’s + 6 years of full-time research experience after the degree (Ph.D. training will not be considered in the experience calculation).

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 research as they wish. Researchers from all countries are eligible for the Program, but they have to have spent no more than 12 months in France during the three years prior to the application deadline.

Program Details

Benefits of the French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship

This scholarship program to study in France will provide de following benefits to selected candidates:

  1. A net living allowance (equivalent to take-home pay) of €2,700 per month
  2. Two flexible contractual options, considering individual situations: work contracts or paid leave*
  3. Adequate social security coverage
  4. Accommodation or support for relocation
  5. Individual research and training budget equivalent to €2,500 per year
  6. Travel expenses (one round trip from the fellow home country)
  7. 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
  8. Skills training opportunities.

Eligibility for the French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship

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. The exception will be made for scholars with a Master’s + 6 years of full-time research experience after the degree (Ph.D. training will not be considered in the experience calculation).

Mobility: Researchers from all countries and nationalities are eligible for the Program. Applicants must fulfill 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 Program 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 Program 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).

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How to Apply for the French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship

Interested applicants should click on the apply button below to access a webpage and click on the arrow sign at the top right corner of the page.

The requested application material (in English exclusively) will consist of:

  1. Completed online application form
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae with a comprehensive list of publications
  3. Copy of the diploma
  4. Detailed research proposal (maximum 5 pages and a bibliography – 1 additional page)
  5. Selection of three to five publications (articles or book chapters)
  6. Up to two letters of recommendation (optional)
  7. 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.

For additional information, please consult the FIAS Fellowship FAQ or send an email to the FIAS Programme Officers on

The application deadline is , 6:00 pm (Paris, France time). For more details on the French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship, please visit the official page.

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