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IMéRA and its partners are issuing 4 calls, one per programme. Each programme is associated with a “white” (or general) call and a set of specific residencies jointly managed by local, national or international partners. These specific residencies include chairs reserved for experienced researchers

Interested scientists, writers or artists may apply for one programme only. Please indicate the type of residency you are requesting in your application (general program and/or specific residency).


The application form can be accessed at the bottom of the text of each programme (Button “Submit an application”).

Applications must be in English or French.

Candidates must submit their applications exclusively on IMéRA’s website (

Online applications must include:

  • Duly completed application form (mandatory fields)
  • Files to be downloaded :
    – Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications (and/or creations/exhibitions for artists)
    – Presentation of research project/writing project/research project for a creation (maximum 5 pages) with selective bibliography (mandatory for scientists)
    – For junior scientists: one to three letters of recommendation
  Schedule of calls
  • Residence schemes (5 or 10 months) scheduled between September 2020 and July 2021
  • Deadline: 26 September 2019 at 1:00 pm (French time)
  • Public announcement of the results: December 2019

ONLY electronic applications can be submitted on IMéRA’s website. Applications sent by e-mail or by post will not be considered.

  About calls 2019-2020 and partners

IMéRA is the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University and a member of RFIEA (French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study), NETIAS (Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study) and UBIAS (University-Based Institutes for  Advanced Studies).

Each year it hosts about thirty artists and scientists from all disciplines (residents), selected after an evaluation procedure with the most stringent international standards, shortlisting of applications and external evaluators.

IMéRA promotes innovative experimental interdisciplinary approaches in all areas of knowledge. Since September 2016, the research activity within the institute has hinged around four thematic programmes: Art, Science and Society; Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity; Mediterranean programme; Global Phenomena and Regulation.

IMéRA was incorporated into Aix-Marseille University (AMU) in 2013. This has opened the Institute up to a wide array of top-level interactions, notably with AMU’s excellence laboratories (Labex). The collaboration has resulted in the opening of joint residencies with many of those Labex, while naturally preserving IMéRA’s scientific independence.

Since 2016-2017, IMéRA has maintained an upward trajectory in terms of the quality of incubated scientific or cultural projects. This has been made possible in particular by the multiplication of pluriannual partnerships with scientific, cultural and institutional partners of very high level and at all scales, ranging from the Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and the Ecole des Hautes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) to the Franch-American Fulbright Commission and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF, through the Fondation Islam de France, the Mucem, or the Paoli-Calmettes Institute. These partnerships have resulted in the creation of numerous thematic chairs annually held by first-class researchers from the world’s leading universities and research institutes. In just a few years, IMéRA has established itself as a leading Institute for Advanced Study in France, and has markedly increased its visibility worldwide. As a matter of fact, IMéRA is currently one of the three coordinators of the network UBIAS.

The 2020-2021 calls for residency are structured in line with the four programmes outlined above and we are issuing 4 calls, one per programme. Each programme is associated with a “white” (or general) call and a set of specific residencies jointly managed by local, national or international partners. These specific residencies include chairs reserved for experienced researchers.

Interested scientists or artists may apply for one programme only. Please indicate the type of residency you are requesting in your application (general program and/or specific residency).

  Residency conditions

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


IMéRA provides free accommodation to residents in one of the apartments of the institute, situated in “Parc Longchamp” in the center of Marseille.
Requests for familial hosting at IMéRA shall absolutely be mentioned in the application form, for consideration. These requests will be satisfied within the constraints of the available accommodations at IMéRA’s disposal, i.e. 14 apartments from which 4 can host families (3 apartments for a couple with one child, 1 for a couple with 2 children).


IMéRA will pay for the residents’ ticket from their usual place of residence to Marseille and back.

Research means

Residents are supported by the IMéRA team for a smooth stay and the organization of their seminars, which can be either linked to one of the programme themes or in cross-connection with other programmes. Programme directors help residents organise the seminars and establish new contacts with the Aix-Marseille area scientific and cultural environment.

Within the limits of the available budget, IMéRA can fund missions and initiatives related to research projects.

IMéRA does not finance production means for resident artists planning to make pieces of work.

Resident commitments

IMéRA residents should comply with the various commitments of the Institute Charter, including: residing at the Institute; contributing to IMéRA scientific activities and publications; participating in the weekly residents’ lunch and seminar; contributing to the dissemination of information on residents’ activities and achievements by IMéRA; final report on their activities at the end of their stay, presentation of a residency exit; obligation to mention IMéRA’s support in all publications developed during their stay at IMéRA.

Please refer to each call (Application and residency conditions) for information about: Remuneration, Dates and duration of residencies, Conditions of eligibility
Mediterranean Programme 2020-2021

Each year, IMéRA hosts researchers, writers and artists working in the field of “Mediterranean Studies” as part of the Mediterranean Programme.

As an observatory of cross-disciplinary Mediterranean issues, IMéRA focuses on opening up to the Mediterranean world. Residents hosted by IMéRA within the Mediterranean Programme will be selected on the basis of their own questions and through a cross-disciplinary approach exploring the Mediterranean world in its diversity.

The Mediterranean Programme addresses all issues of interdisciplinary interest related to the Mediterranean area, including mainly the following three :

  • Mediterranean Islam

The notion of Mediterranean Islam stems from the works of Jacques Berque and Mohammed Arkoun.
The aim is to contextualise Islam, far from any essentialism or literalism, in its Mediterranean dimension. Mediterranean Islam crosses borders, embraces population flows and diasporas, from one side of the Mediterranean to the other, takes into account multiple historical and civilizational heritages as well as secular contexts, and recognizes the place of the Other, especially religious minorities.
To consider Mediterranean Islam helps open other paths and offer possible alternatives to the rigorist, literalist or Salafist visions currently pervading and deeply influencing contemporary Islam.
The approach will be resolutely cross-disciplinary, encompassing philosophy, law, history, anthropology, the study of texts and their translations, as well as issues of transmission between Greco-Latin and Judeo-Arabic legacies.

Residents working on this theme will be invited to contribute to the expression of critical thought in contemporary and Mediterranean Islam and to the circulation of ideas in the Mediterranean. They will work in conjunction with the holder of a dedicated Chair, Averroes Chair, sponsored by the Aix-Marseille University Initiative for Excellence (Fondation A*MIDEX) and Fondation de l’Islam de France.

  • Ways of life in the Mediterranean

The question “How to live?” or the “Ways of life” issue is a sensitive plate, an analyser that helps reveal the transformation of our ways of life, at the crossroads of thought and creation.

Mediterranean ways of life are the subject of an IMéRA research workshop to which residents will be called upon to contribute actively. This will be about exploring everyday Mediterranean-scale culture, styles and forms of life that are at work and being transformed before our eyes, taking in new visions and opening up new perspectives.

Way of life approach is interdisciplinary by nature, involving research in human and social science as well as hard science, critical thinking, literary or visual creation. Researchers, such as writers and artists, can answer the call in this domain.

In particular, they can work with the holder of the Camus Chair – open to applications in this call (details below) – dedicated to literature and new forms of writing, sponsored by the Aix-Marseille University Initiative for Excellence (A*MIDEX).

  • Tomorrow(s)

How to give the future a new face? Can we imagine the post-disaster scene? Can new prospective approaches emerge in the Mediterranean world?

Considering climate change and the current upheavals in our eco-systems, how can we anticipate the future? What transformations of our ways of life can we expect in the Mediterranean?

Residents working on this theme will be invited to contribute to an open reflection on international issues in the Mediterranean, drawing upon the diversity of their questionings and disciplines. The Chair “Germaine Tillion, tomorrow the Mediterranean” is now open in this 2019 call, for a residency in 2020-2021 (details below).

CONTACT : Thierry Fabre, director of Mediterranean Programme –

Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

  • the general programme described above
  • the Chair Camus IMéRA/A*MIDEX.
  • the Chair Germaine Tillion IMéRA/Région Sud

The choice must be specified in the application form (“Application options”).

>> General programme : Application and residency conditions

>> Chair Camus : Application and residency conditions

>> Chair Germaine Tillion : Application and residency conditions

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