The LE STUDIUM programmes enable the selection, recruitment and installation of highly qualified and skilled international researchers every year. LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies highly values the quality, transparency and fairness of its selection processes across all programmes. It guarantees all applications go through a preselection process including independent peer evaluations and the review of an international independent scientific council. For each selection process, the institute makes sure LE STUDIUM Scientific Council membership covers all scientific disciplines present in the submitted applications.  

  • Selection conditions: the institute welcomes senior researchers from all regions of the world and in any scientific field finding a link with a research laboratory of the Centre-Val de Loire region. Applicant fellows have to be attracted by the multidisciplinary environment and interdisciplinary exchanges offered by the institute. Applicants must have at least five years working experience as a researcher after obtaining their PhD. They must be fluent in English.
  • Selection criteria: eligibility and selection criteria may vary between the different calls for applications and programmes. Please refer to each Call for Applications for details on these conditions and carefully read the guidelines. Anyhow, the quality and originality of the project, its innovation potential, its interdisciplinary spectrum and the profile and background of the applicant are taken into high consideration.
  • The LE STUDIUM Scientific Council:  it is composed of 25 members covering a large spectrum of scientific disciplines. It is regularly renewed and augmented in order to ensure an independent international perspective for the evaluation of all scientific projects. LE STUDIUM Scientific Council meets annually to review the applications of the Smart Loire Valley Programme after the collection of external peer reviews. It delivers a list of final ranking determining the final selection of candidates. In addition, separately and according to their field of specialisation and expertise, Scientific Council members are involved in the review of candidates and proposals of candidacies submitted to other programmes (FIAS, ATHENA, Ambition for Research and Development regional programmes).