Jean d’Alembert Chair Paris-Saclay University – Paris IAS 2019-2020

Deadline: 31 August 2018
Open to: researchers from all countries
Benefits: housing, a monthly remuneration and the payment of the round-trip ticket to Paris


In partnership with Université Paris-Saclay, the Paris Institute for Advanced Study is offering two 6-month chairs for high level international researchers in the humanities and social sciences (HSS): one during the academic year 2018-2019, and one during the academic year 2019-2020.

The Paris-Saclay – Paris IAS “Jean d’Alembert” Research Chair gives a researcher the possibility to work on a project in the following fields: “Markets, businesses, work and innovation”, “Heritage, culture and knowledge”, or “Sciences and society”. He or she will benefit from the work conditions and the scientific environment of the Paris IAS and will collaborate chiefly with laboratories of Université Paris-Saclay.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a research proposal within one the following themes:

Markets, businesses, work, and innovation:

Researchers related to work, its diversity, regulations, and problems. The proposals can deal with businesses as organizations or institutions, or examine the regulations of companies, institutions, markets and private and public administrations. The dynamics of innovation can also be covered by the proposals.

Heritage, cultures, and knowledge:

The proposals can deal with the past or present logic of granting heritage status (“Patrimonialisation”), whether the heritage is cultural, scientific or technical. Reflections on the circulation of knowledge, and in particular scientific and technical knowledge, are welcome, as well as projects investigating more particularly the links between cultures, knowledge and society through the lens of “patrimonialisation” processes.

Sciences and society

As a result of the specialization of the Maison des sciences de l’Homme Paris-Saclay in the interdisciplinary work linking the HSS (including law) and the natural sciences, the present call is extended to include proposals on the relations between sciences and society. Examples include –but are not limited to– themes such as climate change, energy, algorithms, biotechnologies, health, etc.


This call for applications is open to:

  • Senior university professors or researchers holding a position in a university or research institution or emeritus and having a minimum of 10 years of full-time research experience after their Ph.D. (at the time of the application). To be considered a senior, the applicant must have received her/his Ph.D. before September 1st 2008.
  • Junior scholars having the status of the 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 Ph.D. To be eligible and considered a junior, the applicant must have received her/his Ph.D. between September 1st, 2016 and September 1st, 2008.

The institute is bilingual. Knowledge of English is required. The applicants are also expected to understand written and spoken French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English.

The main criteria of selection are:

  • 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 holder of the Paris-Saclay – Paris IAS “Jean d’Alembert” Research Chair benefits from all the advantages the Paris IAS provides its fellows, among which housing in Paris, a monthly remuneration (or the complement of remuneration) and the payment of the round-trip ticket to Paris.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill in the application.

The application, in English or French, must be submitted via an online application system ( 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. This count does not include the bibliography). The proposal should include :
    • theme
    • 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);
  • two summaries of the research project (1500 characters maximum for each, spaces included): one for an audience of specialists of the field of research, and one for non-specialists;
  • a letter of cooperation with one or more research teams of Université Paris Saclay, signed by a member of the team. The letter must state the nature of the planned collaboration;
  • a list of four topics (not necessarily related to the theme of the research proposal) 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.

For more information, please visit the official web page.