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2024 Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme Atlas Postdoctoral fellowship Call for Application in France

The Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) and the Mediterranean Universities Union  (UNIMED)  offer short-term fellowships of 2 or 3 months in France for young researchers native from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Syria and affiliated to one of the 164 Universities member of UNIMED.

This research stay is designed to enable researchers to conduct research studies in France: field enquiries, library and archives work. 

This call is part of the Atlas short-term postdoctoral mobility programme offered by the FMSH and its partners.

Aim and Benefits

Laureates will receive a financial support of 1 700€ per month. This financial contribution is intended to cover expenditure such as transport and accommodation costs. Besides, FMSH provides scientific and logistical assistance (working space, help for finding accommodation, letters to libraries…).


  • Nationality: this program is open to researchers originating from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Marocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Syria and affiliated to one of the 164 Universities member of UNIMED.
  • Educational Degree: applicants must have obtained their PhD doctorate and presented their thesis from 2018. There is no age limit.
  • Theme: applicants must be involved in research in social sciences and humanities (SSH) or at the frontier between SSH and other sciences.
  • Language : French or English depending on the project.
  • French host institution: before submitting their application, applicants will have to find a French research institution to host them for the time of their stay. Applicants will have to provide a letter from the hosting institution addressed to the FMSH and the UNIMED expressing the institution’s willingness to host the applicant during the time of fellowship and explaining the work conditions offered. 

Interview date, Process and Venue

A selection committee composed with members of FMSH, UNIMED (Marta Craveri, Fmsh, Sara Guindani, Fmsh, Anne-Laurence Pastorini,  Unimed, Marcello Scalisi, Unimed) and independent experts will analyse and proceed to final selection of applications regarding the following criteria:

  • The quality of the scientific dossier and the methodology developed
  • The relevance of a research stay in France regarding the scientific project and the candidate curricula
  • The ability to identify scientific contacts in France

Candidates that have never benefited from the programme will be prioritized.


Opening of the call
January 15, 2024

Deadline for application
March 18, 2024, 17:00 (Paris time)

Selection process
From April until mid of May 2024

Announcement of the results
End of May 2024

Duration of the fellowship
2 or 3 months

Fellowships periods of stay
from September to December 2024. The Research stay must start no later than October 1, 2024.

Number of months offered for this call

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Documents Required for Application

  • A Curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • A list of publications
  • A copy of the PhD diploma
  • A letter from the director of the research institution in the country of origin
  • A letter of invitation from the director of the host research institution in France expressing the institution’s willingness to host the applicant during the time of fellowship and explaining the work conditions they can offer

Application Deadline

March 18, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Foundation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme on to apply

Applicants will be required to submit an online application form and a scientific dossier (research project + appendices). The online application form will be available on the FMSH website as of January 15, 2024. Completed proposals can be uploaded to the application portal at any time before the application deadline of March 18, 2024, 17:00 (Paris time).

Online application and scientific dossier must be submitted in French or in English.

Content of scientific dossier

The research proposal: the research proposal should consist in a short presentation from 10 000 characters to 20 000 characters (spaces and references included) composed with:

  1. State of art, problematic, objective and specific aim of the research project, methodology.
  2. A bibliography
  3. The detailed programme of the research stay (places and institutions to be visited, contacts, work plan).

For more details visit: FMSH website.

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