Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University (IMERA) Fellowships 2023-24

Deadline: Monday October 17, 2022 at 1 p.m. (CET)

Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University (IMERA) Fellowships 2023-24

Applications are now open for the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University (IMERA) Fellowships 2023-24. For the year 2023-24, the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University (IMERA) is opening 11 resident fellowships ranging between 5 or 10 months, targeting scientists and/or artists. The fellowships are distributed over four programs (Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge; Interdisciplinary Explorations; Mediterranean; Necessary Utopias).

Interested artists and/or scientists can only apply to one of the following:

Program “Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge”

Fellowship Title Duration Types of candidate(s) Nombre of place(s) Umbrella Program(s) Keywords
1. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Mucem)


5 months artist; scientist 1 Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge



Mobility and exchange on a euro-mediterranean scale ; changes in our societies ; contemporary rereadings of cultures ;  ordinary or informal practices ; Mucem collections;
2. Cancer and Immunology Institute (ICI) – Research-Creation Cancerology and Immunology 10 months artist; scientist 1 Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge




therapeutic use of artistic practices; social representations of cancer; relationship between artistic practices and clinical and/or scientific practices.
3. Necessary Utopias 5 months artist 1 Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge


Necessary Utopias

ecological crisis; health ; work ; migration; economic and social inequalities; to live in ; education ; crisis of political participation ;


Program “Interdisciplinary Explorations

Fellowship Title Duration Types of candidate(s) Nombre of place(s) Umbrella Program(s) Keywords
4. Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB) – Language and brain 10 months scientist 1 Interdisciplinary Explorations


Cerebral and cognitive bases of language or communication
5.Interdisciplinary Explorations 10 months scientist ; artist 1 Interdisciplinary Explorations


Intersectoral interdisciplinarities; epistemology; interdisciplinary innovation; nomad concepts


Program “Mediterranean”

Fellowship Title Duration Types of candidate(s) Nombre of place(s) Umbrella Program(s) Keywords
6. Science Po Aix – Albert Hirschman – Identity Passions between Europe and the Mediterranean 5 months scientist 1 Mediterranean


Identity passions; national and identity movements; social and political behaviour; protest mobilizations; mobility, migrations and their societal impacts; political-religious movements; political forms, democratic fragilities
7. Averroes – Mediterranean Islam


5 months scientist 1 Mediterranean


Islamology; philosophy ; history ; anthropology; sociology; study of texts and their translations, transmission between cultural and religious heritages.
8. Région Sud – Germaine Tillon – Tomorrow, the Mediterranean 10 months scientist 1 Mediterranean


Anthropocene; transformation of lifestyles; urban changes and territorial policies; political, identity and religious dynamics; social and democratic movements; new generations in the Mediterranean


Program “Necessary Utopias

Fellowship Title Duration Types of candidate(s) Nombre of place(s) Umbrella Program(s) Keywords
9. School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) – Cross-regional studies 10 months scientist 1 Necessary Utopias


Comparative research; comparison between cultural areas; exchanges ; reformulation of social orders
10. Research Institute for Development (IRD) – Sustainable Development 10 months scientist 1 Necessary Utopias


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; sustainability and development science; nexus approach; climate change ; land use change; conservation of continental and marine biodiversity; cities and urbanization; agriculture/fisheries and food security; pollution ; health and environment, mobility; all disciplines related to sustainable development


11. Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE) – A World in Crisis 10 months scientist 1 Necessary Utopias


Networks; international trade ; development ; inequalities ; big data; historical growth outlook; mutating world



Prerequisites common to all available fellowships (to be taken into account before the eligibility criteria specific to each fellowship).

  • Language skills in English and French: 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).
  • Collegiality: Candidates commit to participate in the activities planned with the other fellows and the scientific team of IMERA. The Community Building Seminar is in this sense one of the central activities, which takes place every week (usually on Thursday morning). The investment time equals one day per week.
  • Former Fellows: Candidates, who are former IMERA Fellows, may reapply at least 5 years after their first fellowship.

Application file

►► You can access the application form at the bottom of each program’s page and at the bottom of each residence’s page – through a specific clickable link to apply – this must follow a thorough reading of the eligibility criteria.

The application file must be written in either French or English.

Every applicant must include in his or her application:

– A duly completed application form (mandatory fields).

– All the following files (to upload):

  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and/or exhibitions, artistic achievements (maximum 10 pages).
  • 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).
  • A letter of support from an Aix-Marseille University researcher or associate/assistant professor OR a letter of motivation clearly explaining the interest for the researcher applicant to interact with Aix-Marseille laboratories and to lead a project from Aix-Marseille University


Deadline: Monday October 17, 2022 at 1 p.m. (CET)

Fellowship Duration: 5 or 10 months between September 2023 and July 2024

  • Fellowships of 10 months : from 04/September/2023 till 05/July/2024
  • Fellowships of 5 months at the first semester: from 04/September/2023 till 02/February/2024
  • Fellowships of 5 months at the second semester: from 12/February/2024 till 05/July/2024

Publication of the selected fellows: Beginning of February 2023

Summer break: Please note that from July 9 until August 31, the IMERA team will not be able to answer your practical and scientific questions about the call. In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to:

  • First carefully read the scientific content of the program (also referred to as Umbrella program) under which the fellowship holding your interest falls, and in the case of artistic research fellowships, the content of the thematic program to which each is also assigned (example: for the Mucem Fellowship, read about the Arts & Sciences and the Mediterranean programs) ;
  • Carefully read the prerequisites detailed in the dedicated section above;
  • Read carefully the eligibility conditions specific to each fellowship (by clicking on the Fellowship Title) this is of relevance particularly for to the level of diploma and experience required, and for the candidate’s place of residence ;
  • Carefully read the documents required to submit an application;
  • For artists, please take into account that this is only an artistic research residency and not a production one.
Residency conditions

For information about remuneration, please refer to each call (Application and residency conditions).


Unless otherwise specified, IMERA hosts the residents in one of its 14 apartments, situated in “Parc Longchamp” in the center of Marseille.

The attribution of apartments is the sole decision of IMERA, which strives to accommodate all residents in the best conditions. Requests for familial hosting at IMERA must be mentioned in the application form.


IMERA takes in charge only the residents’ ticket from their usual place of residence to Marseille and back.

Research means

Residents benefit from the support of the IMERA team, which facilitates the conditions of their stay and the organization of their activities within the limits of available financial resources. These normally relate to the theme of their program but can also be transversal to other programs. In this context, IMERA helps residents to establish new contacts with the scientific and cultural environment of the Aix-Marseille region.

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