The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH, Paris) offers postdoctoral fellowships for researchers in the social and human sciences for periods of nine months within the framework of its “Fernand Braudel-IFER” (International Fellowships for Experienced Researchers) programme.
This programme is supported by the European Union (Action Marie Curie – COFUND – 7th EU Research Framework Programme), the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR), the Institute for SHS at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne), and is carried out in collaboration with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).
The Fernand Braudel-IFER programme breaks down into two sections:
1. The Fernand Braudel-IFER incoming programme for residencies in France (for researchers that belong to a foreign research centre).
2. The Fernand Braudel-IFER outgoing programme for research stays in other European countries (for researchers that belong to a French research centre).
Call for applications:
The Fernand Braudel-IFER programme offers postdoctoral fellowships to researchers in the social and human sciences (SHS) that wish to work in an international research setting.
- The Fernand Braudel-IFER incoming programme is intended for foreign researchers that would like to benefit from a research stay in France.
- The Fernand Braudel-IFER outgoing programme is intended for researchers residing in France that would like to benefit from a research stay in another European country (EU Member States or affiliates). Applicants that wish to go to Germany should apply for the Fernand Braudel-IFER outgoing programme/Clemens Heller sub-programme.
These research stays are designed to enable researchers to:
- Carry out an individual research project at a host laboratory;
- Integrate scientific networks in France or other European countries;
- Build lasting partnerships between their home institution and the host institutions.
Host laboratories in France (namely research centers attached to universities, the CNRS or an MSH institution belonging to the national MSH network) are chosen by the researchers themselves.
Outgoing researchers must be affiliated with a research laboratory at a university or other research entity in the host country.
Applicable scientific disciplines :
All social and human science disciplines are eligible. An interdisciplinary approach to research topics is encouraged.
Length of the fellowship:
9 months (however, the length of the research stay can be adjusted if warranted for scientific reasons)
Amount of the fellowship:
The amount of the monthly stipend for room & board and living expenses is €2,000 (euros).
The cost of medical insurance is covered for researchers hosted in France.
Travel expenses (return travel fare) between the researcher’s country of residence and France or between France and the host country will be covered, subject to prior approval.
Upon request, additional funding may be granted to cover documentation costs or participation in scientific events held in France (or in the host country).
Two calls for applications per year (deadlines for applications are 31 March and 30 September, as attested by date on postmark)
Eligibility criteria for the Fernand Braudel-IFER incoming programme.
Eligibility criteria for the Fernand Braudel-IFER incoming programme:
1. Applicants must reside outside France and belong to a non-French research institution (university, academy of sciences, or other research organism).
2. Foreign candidates that reside in France or have resided there in the year preceding the deadline for applications are not eligible. Lecturers, fellowship-holders and those holding teaching positions in a French institution or research centre are considered to be French residents.
3. Applicants must hold a PhD (or equivalent) as at the date of application (i.e. dissertation successfully defended).
4. The application must be submitted within six years of defending their doctoral dissertation. Exceptions may be granted for some cases of career breaks (e.g. interruptions due to maternity leave, illness, etc.).
5. Applicants must be fluent in one of the working languages of the host laboratory; fluency in French or English is preferable.
6. Any laboratory in which the applicant has already worked at any time during his/her scientific experience (including during doctoral studies) is not eligible as a host laboratory.
7. Due to the limited number of fellowships available, applicants residing abroad but that completed their doctoral studies in France are not given priority.
Eligibility criteria for the Fernand Braudel-IFER outgoing programme:
1. Candidates must have resided in France and been affiliated with a university or other research laboratory in France for at least two years, regardless of their nationality.
2. Applicants must hold a PhD (or equivalent) as at the date of application (i.e. dissertation successfully defended).
3. The application must be submitted within six years of defending their doctoral dissertation. Exceptions may be granted for some cases of career breaks (e.g. interruptions due to maternity leave, illness, etc.).
4. Applicants must be fluent in one of the working languages of the host laboratory; fluency in the language of the host country is preferable.
5. Due to the limited number of fellowships available, stays at French-speaking universities in countries neighbouring France are not given priority.
6. Due to the limited number of fellowships available, stays in the applicant’s home country are not given priority.
7. A French research institute abroad is not sufficient as a host laboratory unless a local host laboratory is also chosen.
Applications must be submitted both electronically and by post.
Each application file must include:
- An application form (to be downloaded from: http:/
- Curriculum vitae.
- List of publications.
- Detailed research project proposal (5-8 pages long, plus a bibliography of 2 pages maximum), in English or French.
- Copy of the doctoral diploma.
- Summary of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation (2 pages maximum) in English or in French.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from scientific scholars from France or elsewhere.
- A welcome letter from the director of the institution or research laboratory that agrees to host the applicant and direct his/her research for the duration of the fellowship.
- The project proposal must be written in French, along with a version in the host country’s language or in English.
- A copy of the dissertation defence report (if the dissertation was defended in France).
Sending your application:
The paper application must be sent to the following postal address:
Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
Scientific Direction – Fernand Braudel-IFER programme (incoming or outgoing)
190, Avenue de France
75013 Paris France
An electronic copy of the application must be sent by e-mail to:
- Fernand Braudel-IFER incoming: email@example.com
- Fernand Braudel-IFER outgoing : firstname.lastname@example.org