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LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Residence

For the 2023-2024 academic year, the FIAS Fellowship programme offers 3 fellowship positions of 10 months at LE STUDIUM Loire Valley IAS.

Established in 1996 and inspired by the historical, geographical and human cultures of the Loire Valley, LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies is an independent institution that covers all research fields in one global initiative aiming at boosting international scientific exchanges in the Centre-Val de Loire region and creating a dynamic scientific community that supports research and innovation. Le Studium reunites the two regional universities of Tours and Orleans, the INSA CVL engineering school, the ESAD Orleans as well as research centres based in the Centre-Val de Loire region (CNRS, INRAe Val de Loire Centre, BRGM, Inserm, CEA, CHRU). It benefits from the longstanding and strong support of the Centre-Val de Loire Regional Council and Orléans Metropole that have secured the IAS installation in outstanding premises and an excellent visiting scientists’ residence on the Loire riverbank in Orléans. in Tours and other regional cities, fellows are hosted in private furnished quality appartments.

Fellows are high-level international researchers. They benefit from outstanding research conditions and are given full leeway to organise the work around the project of their choice in the humanities and social sciences as well as at the interface with other sciences present in the region. Social and Human Sciences projects can also have transversal axes with computer and mathematical sciences, physics, environmental sciences and health and life sciences. Links between disciplines are encouraged.

The institute provides its fellows with logistical and financial support for the organisation of scientific events, training activities and for other initiatives related to their work and/or to other fellows’ work (French language class, inter-sectoral collaborations, training seminars, fundraising information, research centres visits, cultural sites visits…).

From the time of their selection, to prepare the arrival at LE STUDIUM Loire Valley IAS and during their residency in the region, fellows are accompanied by a dedicated contact person facilitating their administrative situation, housing installation and integration.

Scientific Priorities

The fellows’ projects at the Loire Valley IAS can be in any disciplines and themes in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) and in connection as well with other sciences. Projects must include a strong interdisciplinary dimension of the proposed research, and the demonstrated skill and ability of the researcher and named proposal to increase knowledge. This should also translate in the application of new ideas, procedures, technologies, programmes or policy settings to important topics that will have a significant impact on the proposed field of study.

Priority will be given to projects addressing societal challenges and embedding the institute’s outward looking vision and principles: curiosity, imagination and intuition. For this purpose, the LE STUDIUM Loire Valley IAS will welcome projects at the interface between SSH and other sciences enthusiastically.

Eligibility

FIAS awards fellowships to outstanding researchers of all career levels, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists. The minimum requirement is a PhD + 2 years of research experience at the time of the application. Exceptions will be made for scholars with a Master + 6 years of full-time research experience after the degree (PhD training will not be considered in the calculation of experience).

Researchers from all countries are eligible to the FIAS Fellowship Programme but they must have spent no more than 12 months in France during the three years prior to the application deadline (EU mobility rules).


Conditions

All IAS of the FIAS programme have agreed on common standards, including the provision of a living allowance (2,700€ per month), social security coverage, accommodation, a research budget, training activities, plus coverage of travel expenses.


Applications

Fellows applying to LE STUDIUM Loire Valley IAS must be invited and hosted by a research structure of their choice, based in the Centre-Val de Loire region. A mandatory letter of invitation must be submitted together with the application.The host laboratory has to describe how the applying researcher is essential to carry out the envisaged research. It has to underline the importance of the research project in line with its strategy. The letter has to be signed by the host scientist, the director of the host laboratory and a representative of one of the host institution (“tutelle”).

After the selection, a contract is signed with the LE STUDIUM Loire Valley IAS and an agreement is signed with the hosting institution. This arrangement enables fellows to be fully integrated in the LE STUDIUM faculty of fellows and in the local research environment. Fellows are free to organise their work and conduct research in partnership with their host laboratory partners.

LE STUDIUM can assist you in identifying a host laboratory in the Centre-Val de Loire region (cities of Orléans, Tours, Blois, Chartres, Bourges…) in one of the research hosting institutions (University of OrléansUniversity of ToursCNRSINRAeBRGMESADCHRUCEAINSA).

Applications are submitted online via www.fias-fp.eu where you will find detailed information regarding the content of the application, eligibility criteria and selection procedure.
Application deadline: June 2, 2022 - 6:00 pm (Paris, France time)

Selection & Arrivals

The scientific selection is highly competitive, merit-based and conducted through an international independent peer review. Applicants receive detailed information all way through the application process.

Fellows should be available to join LE STUDIUM Loire Valley IAS in September or October 2023.