Every year since 1975, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme runs the DEA Program (Directeurs d’Études Associés, or Associate Research Directors) for international professors and senior researchers from all over the world. This international mobility program enables them to carry out work in France (field enquiries, library work and archives) for a period of 4 to 6 weeks.

The FMSH covers part of the costs of the stay, up to 3 404 € (around 4930 CAD), and provides support for visa application and logistics (accommodation and access to libraries).

Eligibility criteria:

  • The program is intended solely for senior researchers, with a PhD or equivalent, and working in institutions of higher education and research.
  • Applicants must be no older than 65 at the time of their stay.
  • The necessity of a research stay in France must be justified.


Application files:

Files can be written in French or English and must include the following:

  • A curriculum vitae of 4 pages (including date of birth)
  • A list of scientific publications
  • A research project (4-5 pages) and a bibliography
  • A letter of support by a French researcher (optional)

Application files can be submitted until June 15th 2020, 5:00 pm (Paris time) on the dedicated platform: http://programmes.msh-paris.fr


Selection process:

Projects will be assessed according the following criteria:

  • The scientific quality of the project and the methodology developed
  • The relevance of a research stay in France regarding the scientific project

After a scientific expertise of the research projects, decisions regarding invitations are made by a commission made up of the FMSH president and scientific directors, as well as various specialists.


Program schedule:

  • Opening of the call: April 6, 2020
  • Deadline for application: June 15, 2020 – 5:00 (Paris time)
  • Selection process: July to October 2020
  • Announcement of the results: November 2020 the latest
  • Duration of the fellowship: from 1 month up to 6 weeks
  • Stays starting date: from January to October 31st 2021 the latest

WARNING: stays are not possible from July 15th to August 31st (university vacations)


To learn more about the program, please visit the dedicated webpage: http://www.fmsh.fr/en/international/30872

For further information or if you encounter difficulties, please contact [email protected]