Residencies linked to the general themes of a programme, 2022-2023: Application and Residency Conditions

IMERA is Aix Marseille University’s Institute for Advanced Study, member of the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (RFIEA) at the national level, and of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study (NETIAS) at the European level, and is as well member of the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS) on a global level.

Each year, the institute welcomes a total of twenty artists and scientists from all disciplines, selected after an evaluation procedure that follows the strictest international standards, with preselection of applications and external evaluations.

IMERA promotes innovative interdisciplinary experimental approaches in all fields of knowledge. Since September 2016, research activity within the institute has been structured around four thematic programs. From the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year, these programs focus on the following issues: Arts, Sciences and Society; Interdisciplinary Explorations; Mediterranean; Necessary Utopias.

In 2013, IMERA became part of Aix-Marseille University (AMU). This incorporation has opened up to the institute a wide spectrum of interactions at the highest level, in particular with thematic institutes and their “Graduate schools” such as the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB) and Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE), while naturally preserving the scientific independence of IMERA. Thanks to this strategy of incorporation, IMERA has also been able to establish multi-year partnerships in scientific, cultural and institutional fields, in particular with the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), the Franco-American Fulbright Commission, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Mucem) and Sciences Po Aix. These partnerships have enabled the creation of numerous thematic chairs for eminent researchers who present their candidacies.


Applications deadline: November 15 2021 1 pm (Paris time)

Duration of residencies: 5 or 10 months

Suggested periods of residencies (candidates can select on the following options):

  • From September 5 2022 to February 3 2023 (5 months - semester 1).
  • From February 14 2023 to July 7 2023 (5 months - semester 2).
  • From September 5 2022 to July 7 2023 (10 months – full year).
Eligibility criteria

Applications are open to scientists from all fields, and to artists, whether they are junior or senior and following the specific criteria set by each program.

Eligible applicants fulfil the following critera:

  • Submit a project related to one of IMERA’s research programs.
  • Possess proven linguistics skills in French and English: residents must be able to understand both languages verbally and in writing (passive knowledge) and master at least one of the two verbally and in writing (active knowledge).

- For scientists:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications.
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD.

-  For artists:

No pre-requirements of diploma, employment contract or country of residence.

Remuneration and accommodation

Scientists remuneration

Junior: €2,000 monthly allowance
Senior: €3,000 monthly allowance

Are considered juniors, scientists who, at the closing date of the call for applications, have full-time postdoctoral research experience ranging between 2 to 9 years.

Are considered seniors, scientists with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Artists remuneration

Artists will receive €2,000 monthly allowance or salary (depending on their candidate status).

Residents will also benefit from paid travel expenses and free accommodation on IMERA premises.

Selection criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's history.
  • The scientific or artistic project; on the basis of its originality and rigor, risk-taking and the potential for experimentation, the place given to collaboration, making the most of opportunities within the intellectual community of IMERA (residents and scientific team) and the Aix-Marseille University, while actively contributing to its animation.
  • The interdisciplinary approach; on the basis of a proven practice and a project where it is practicable.
  • Interaction perspective with Mucem and Aix-Marseille labs.

Online applications ( must include the following supporting documents:

  • A duly completed application form (mandatory fields);
  • All the following files (to download):
  1. A curriculum vitae including a list of publications for researchers, and / or former works for artists and heritage and museum professionals.
  2. A presentation of the project (maximum 5 pages) followed by a selective bibliography (compulsory for researchers) or a list of artistic and scientific references (compulsory for artists).
  3. 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.