The Paris Institute for Advanced Study 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 2017-2018.
The Paris IAS will host around twenty guest researchers, allowing them to work freely on the project of their choice. 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.
Deadline for applications: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 3:00pm (Paris, France time)
Applicants may request residencies for one of the following periods:
- September 1st, 2017 to January 31st, 2018 (5 months)
- October 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018 (9 months)
- February 1st to June 30th, 2018 (5 months)
Research at the 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.
The non-thematic program
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. Approximately 3/4 of the fellows will be selected in the framework of this bottom-up program, for which the excellence of the researcher and his/her project is the essential criterion.
The thematic program
Beside applications within the above mentioned non-thematic program, the Paris IAS invites applications centred on the dialogue between the humanities, social sciences, and the cognitive and neuro-sciences. Approximately 1/4 of the fellows will be selected in relation to this theme.
The exponential development of scientific data on genetics and the brain gives us more and more insight on the functioning of the human being in its environment. It is becoming increasingly difficult to reflect on topics such as the Human, mind and consciousness in the humanities and social sciences without taking into account the neuro-anatomic and neuro-functional data produced by life sciences and neuroscience in particular. Reciprocally, neuro-sciences cannot claim to understand the Human if they do not incorporate the knowledge built up by the humanities.
The aim of this program is to enable the humanities and social sciences to renew their approaches to classical topics or to open new fields of research.
CONDITIONS OF STAY
The Paris IAS provides its fellows with housing and a monthly remuneration (or complement of remuneration). It also pays for their round-trip ticket to Paris.
The Paris IAS provides apartments in the Pavillon Victor Lyon at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. This building, currently being entirely refurbished, will offer 1-room to 5-room apartments, a conference room and other services.
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.
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 persons 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 may receive financial support for their work and research activities. This includes organising scientific events (colloquia, seminars, lectures, doctoral training, etc.) and research-related travel. Help 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 borrowing privileges in the main Paris university-based research libraries. In addition, the fellows can have most books and documents delivered directly from the libraries to the institute.
CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY
Researchers from all countries are eligible.
Applicants who have spent more than a total of 12 months in France during the 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.
CRITERIA OF SELECTION
The main criteria of selection are the same for non-thematic and thematic programs:
- the scientific quality of the project and its innovative character;
- the career path of the applicant;
the quality of the scientific contacts of the applicant in France, and the applicant’s capacity to collaborate with French scholars and research teams.
The application, in English or French, must be submitted via an online application system (IAS’ new website, http://paris-iea.fr/en – platform open on January 15th, 2016). 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) including a list of publications and a list of the 5 publications considered as most important by the applicant;
- a detailed research proposal (25 000 characters maximum spaces included). The proposal should include :
- state of the art in the field,
- innovative character of the proposal
- methodology or theoretical framework
- expected outcomes
- work planning, timescales
- existing or planned scientific cooperation and contacts in France
- bibliography (books and articles cited)
- a letter of cooperation signed by a member of a university or research institution based in France. Preference will be given to projects conducted in cooperation with the partners of the IAS (Universities of Paris 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10, EHESS, EPHE, ENS Cachan, ENS, Paris, FMSH)
- 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
- the name of three experts with whom the applicant has not collaborated in the past who could review the application.
Opening of the online application system: January 15th, 2016
Application deadline: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 3:00 pm (Paris, France time)
Preselection: Mid-March 2016
Final selection: June 2016
Publication of results: End of June 2016
Starting dates of the fellowships: September 1st 2017; October 1st 2017; February 1st 2018.