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Call for Applications: Early-career short-term fellowship "Brain Culture and Society 2020-2021


Deadline: April 30, 2020, 3:00 pm (Paris, France time)

The Paris Institute for Advanced Study welcomes applications from high level early career researchers in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences for a research stay up to 3 months during the academic year 2020-2021 within the framework of its “Brain, Culture and Society program”.

The call is for post-doc researchers wishing to prepare a project for a large grant application (like ANR grants or ERC “Starting grants”)

The Paris IAS gives its research fellows the unique opportunity to work freely on the project of their choice at the interface of neuroscience, the cognitive sciences and the humanities and social sciences. They benefit from the scientific environment of the Institute and receive support for creating contacts with researchers in the academic institutions of Greater Paris and preparing an application.


The primary mission of the Paris IAS is to be a research centre anchored in the social sciences and humanities (SSH), with the aim of fostering a fruitful dialogue between researchers from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds.

Within the framework of its “Brain, Culture and Society” program, the Paris IAS invites applications centred on the dialogue between the SSH, cognitive sciences and neurosciences.

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 and irrelevant to reflect on topics such as the Human, the 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, neurosciences cannot claim to understand the Human if they do not incorporate the knowledge built up by the SSH. 

The Paris IAS has therefore chosen to open a privileged dialogue between the SSH, psychology and neurosciences, and in particular cognitive neurosciences, which study the neurobiological mechanisms and psychological phenomena underlying cognition (i.e. perception, memory, imagination, consciousness, reasoning, emotions, decision-making, identity, creativity, etc.). The IAS is particularly interested in dealing with societal challenges, such as child development, ageing and health; education and learning; social interactions; addictions; consequences of artificial intelligence, digital technologies and social networks; tolerance, aggressiveness and fanaticism; etc.  The aim of this dialogue is to enable the SSH, as well as the brain sciences, to renew their perspectives on classical objects and to invest new fields of research with bold and innovative interdisciplinary approaches.


The stay at the Paris IAS is intended to foster transdisciplinary collaboration among residents and with the local scientific community. To help residents move beyond their academic “comfort zone” and extend the boundaries of knowledge, the Institute provides them with an exceptional working environment and unfragmented time for their research. They organize their work freely, their only obligations being to participate in the weekly internal seminar and to be present at the Institute at least three days a week on average. 

The IAS’s cook prepares a daily meal that allows residents to have lunch on site and invite their colleagues. A club area provided for them also encourages meetings and conversations. The working languages at the Institute are French and English.

The IAS communication team organizes actions with residents to promote and disseminate their work. It can be presented during workshops and conferences in the prestigious salons of the hôtel de Lauzun.

At the end of their stay, residents write a report on their activity.

After their stay, they become members of the alumni network of the IAS in Paris.


Researchers from all countries are eligible.

This call for applications is open to junior researchers born after 1980 who received their PhD between 2014 and 2019. They must have been active in research after their PhD.


The main criteria of selection are:

  • the scientific quality of the project, its innovative and interdisciplinary character, its interest for the academic community and beyond;
  • the career path of the applicant;


The application, in English, must be submitted by e-mail to It consists of the following documents in PDF format:

  • a curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • aresearch proposal including :
    • theme and research question
    • state of the art in the field, innovative character of the proposal and in particular the integration between SSH, cognitive sciences and neurosciences
    • bibliography;
  • at least one letter of recommendation from researchers of any nationality;
  • a letter explaining the reasons to apply ane mentioning the preferred dates of stay (between September 1st, 2020 and June 30th, 2021).


Notification of results: May 31st, 2020


The Paris IAS will provide the applicant with a monthly complement of remuneration and, if he or she does not live in Paris, full or partial payment of his or her rent, as well as reimbursement of his or her return trip to Paris.

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 a modern office in the premises of the Paris IAS, in the 17th Century Hôtel de Lauzun, with a computer, Internet access, and a printer. The IAS provides meeting and conference rooms. As the IAS does not have labs, possible experiments must be made at a partner institution.

The Paris IAS and its partner institutions have signed agreements enabling the fellows to enjoy special access and borrowing privileges in the main Paris research libraries. In addition, the fellows can have most books and documents delivered directly from the libraries to the institute.