Mediterranean Programme 2022-2023 I Germaine Tillion Chair IMéRA/Région Sud : conditions de la candidature et de la résidence

The Germaine Tillion* Chair is the result of a partnership between the South (Provence Alps-Riviera) Regional Council and the Aix-Marseille Institute for Advanced Studies (IMéRA), an Aix-Marseille University (AMU) foundation. The objective is to develop cross-disciplinary and prospective research at the highest international level on the general theme “The Mediterranean Tomorrow”: the Mediterranean world and its future.

This call for applications for researcher residency in Marseille is aimed at academics and senior researchers from all disciplines, who have acquired international scientific recognition (prizes, publications, international expert reviews, etc.).

The Germaine Tillion Chair holder selected by a Scientific Committee will be hosted in residency in Marseille to carry out research work in collaboration with AMU teams and laboratories, as well as partner structures in the South Region. The residency duration is 10 months, or 5 months for two holders.

The general theme of the Germaine Tillion Chair—“The Mediterranean Tomorrow”—is open to various research avenues such as:

  • Major human challenges raised by the Anthropocene in the Mediterranean area.
  • Evolving lifestyles in the face of climate change.
  • Urban changes and territorial policies to be anticipated.
  • Political, identity and religious dynamics at work in the Mediterranean.
  • Social, democratic and freedom movements that are claiming ground.
  • The expectations of the younger generations.

As Germaine Tillion said, “Inventing something else will be the next millennium’s imperative duty.” A call for research and intelligence to try and better understand the world in store.

The Chairholder shall address these research themes in a framework ensuring public visibility of the Germaine Tillion Chair's work, including through a series of public lectures.

*An anthropologist of the Mediterranean, Germaine Tillion has never ceased to be “in search of the true and the just.” She fought many battles throughout her lifetime against the concentration camps, including Ravensbrück where she was interned, also against the Algerian war and the torture that occurred during that conflict. Germaine Tillion, or the quest for “resolutely action-oriented thinking.”


Deadline : 15 November 2021 at 1 pm (french time)

Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months

Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):

  • 5 September 2022 to 3 February 2023 (5 months - Semester 1)
  • 14 February 2023 to 7 July 2023 (5 months - Semester 2)
  • 5 September 2022 to 7 July 2023 (10 months - Full year)

The IMéRA/South Region Chair is open to experienced researchers from all disciplines, with precedence given to social science.

To be eligible, candidates should:

  • Hold a doctorate or PhD.
  • Not have resided in France for more than 12 months in the three years preceding the call for applications.
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency.
Remuneration and accommodation

The chairholder will receive a 3,000 euro fixed monthly allowance during their stay.

They will also benefit from paid travel expenses and free accommodation on IMéRA premises.

Selection criteria

The criteria for evaluating applications include, without limitation:

  • Researcher’s scientific excellence as per the highest international standards in the field.
  • Scientific quality of the project, in particular its cross-disciplinary facet, crucial for the researcher's integration into IMéRA’s collective creation dynamics.
  • Researcher's ability to carry out prospective reflection.
  • Researcher’s international recognition and the original quality of the proposed public lecture series.

The file to be submitted online consists of the following documents:

  • Duly completed* application form (
  • CV including a list of publications.
  • Presentation of the research project (max 5 pages) followed by a selective bibliography.
  • A letter of support from an Aix-Marseille researcher or associate/assistant professor OR a letter of motivation clearly explaining the interest for the researcher to interact with Aix-Marseille laboratories and to lead a project from Aix-Marseille.