Fellows in Residence Program

Call for Applications 2020


The Paris-Seine Initiative for Excellence invites applications from high-level international scholars and scientists in all fields, for up to 10 research fellowships. The call is open to promising young scholars as well as leading senior researchers, wishing to carry out original individual research projects. The program is hosted by the Paris Seine Initiative-Institute for Advanced Studies (PSI-IAS). Fellows from all disciplines will take part in the Institute’s interdisciplinary exchange program.

The fellows-in-residence program offers a multidisciplinary research environment and creates an opportunity for researchers to develop original research ideas, to apply their knowledge and skills to new domains and to develop cross-disciplinary initiatives. For the development of their research projects, fellows-in-residence will be jointly affiliated with one of the research centers of the Paris-Seine Initiative where they will be able to create contacts, exchange knowledge and collaborate with researchers from various fields.

The Paris-Seine Initiative is an academic consortium made by the University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), the EISTI engineering school (being merged into CY Cergy Paris Université) and the ESSEC Business School. The consortium's goal is to support the partners' research potential and international attractiveness with the ambition to become one of the top world research universities within ten years.

Research at Paris Seine covers all academic disciplines except medicine and can be grouped into four main scientific areas:

  • Formal Sciences and Modelling,

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering,

  • Economics, Business, Law, and Politics,

  • Humanities, Arts, and Education.

The academic community of the Paris-Seine Initiative is structured in 25 research centers or laboratories. Nine of them are cooperated with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).


The PSI-IAS Fellowship Program supports researchers from all countries and all disciplinary backgrounds. While there is no restriction on nationality, appropriate permission to work in France is required before taking up the Fellowship.

It is expected that the fellows research project will be supported by the prospective Paris Seine host research center.

Types of fellowhips and compensation

Two types of fellowships are proposed:

  • Junior fellowships: for researchers with more than 2 and less than 10 years of experience after their Doctorate, with or without a permanent position at a university or research institute.

  • Senior fellowships: for researchers with more than 10 years of experience after their Doctorate.

PSI-IAS fellows who maintain their status in their home institution might benefit from a stipend. Fellows will otherwise be offered a fixed duration research contract with salary. The minimum compensation is equal to 2500€ net per month, the maximum to 4500€ net per month.

Additional funding can be available to cover travel costs (including visa fees) and expenses for research, support and training.


  • Junior fellowships are awarded for a duration of one year and may be renewed for one additional year.

  • Senior fellowships are awarded for a duration of 4 to 10 months.

How to apply

  • Monday 4 th November 2019: web portal opening, including application material;

  • Before Friday 17 th January 2020, 1pm: candidates must submit a research summary;

  • Before Friday 14 th February 2020, 1pm: all candidates must submit their final application.

Details on the fellows-in-residence program, the application process and the contacts of Paris Seine research center can be found.