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The Paris Institute for Advanced Studies - Academic year 2016-2017

Call for applications for fellowships at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies - Academic year 2016-2017

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.
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: April 30, 2015, 3:00pm (Paris time)

Applicants may request residencies for the following periods:
- 1 September 2016 to 31 January 2017 (5 months)
or - 1 October 2016 to 30 June 2017 (9 months)
or - 1 February to 30 June 2017 (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 bottom-up 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 program, for which the excellence of the researcher and his/her project is the essential criterion.
The Thematic program: The mind and the brain. The interface between humanities and social sciences and neuroscience
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, neuroscience 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.

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.

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
 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.
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.

The main criteria of selection are the same for white and thematic programs:
 the scientific quality of the project, its innovative character and its 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.

The application, in English or French, must be submitted via an online application system (see our website for a detailed description of the procedure). 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), two letters of recommendation
 the name of three experts with whom the applicant has not collaborated in the past who could review the application


Application deadline: Thursday, April 30 2015, 3:00 pm (Paris time)
Preselection: May 2015
Final selection: November 2015
Publication of results: December 2015
Starting dates of the fellowships: September 1st 2016; October 1st 2016; February 1st 2017.

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