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Call for application

The call for direct applications for a stay at the Collegium in 2018-2019 is open until September 30th, 2017. The application form, as well as the guidelines for filling it, are available for download.
The call for EURIAS applications for a stay at the Collegium in 2018-2019 is open until June 7th, 2017 (4pm GMT). EURIAS applications: see the EURIAS website

1 - Direct Applications: selection process

The Collegium selection process is designed to allow for high-level applications and most innovative projects to emerge, while ensuring equality between the applicants, transparency of the process and the respect of the provided data. 
The candidates can submit original projects or projects on specific research themes. Generally speaking, projects within the scope of one of the three priority themes of the IDEXLYON (Initiative d'excellence) will be reviewed sympathetically. The three IDEX themes are Bio-Health and society, Science and engineering, and Humanities and urbanity.

a - Receiving the application files

When receiving the files, the Collegium staff checks all documents, informs the candidate (the case being) of missing or corrupted documents, and saves complete applications files. A acknowlegment of receipt is sent to the candidate.
NB : It is strongly recommended, if the file is sent just before 30th of September, to inform the Collegium in advance. The Collegium staff is available to help candidates with their application. 

b - Admissibility check

Four criteria are used:
  • level of education: candidates must hold a PhD, awarded before 30th of September of the ongoing call for applications, to be admitted for a stay on the following academic year. Candidates who are still waiting for the thesis defense are not accepted. No experience is formally required for applying; however, considering the high number of excellent applications received each year, a candidate with no other research experience than his/her PhD thesis will not have built a scientific profile solid enough to hope for selection. The Collegium aims at gathering confirmed scientists and/or scientists with high potential, which is different than offering postdoctoral funding.
  • professional status: only applications from researchers under a work employment contract (tenured or not) in a foreign higher education or research institution (French institutions abroad excluded), before, during and after their research stay at the Collegium, are accepted. This aims at building lasting international partnerships between the Université de Lyon labs and the researcher's institution, as well as ensuring that the candidate is covered by health insurance and social security during his/her stay. French candidates are admissible, if they match this criteria.
  • scientific partnership with a lab from the Université de Lyon: in order to show that the project is interesting for Lyon/Saint-Etienne, the candidate must have identified one or several potential partnerships in labs and research teams of this academic center, which may lead to scientifc cooperation during the stay. It is strongly advised to ask the Collegium to support this process of making contacts with the researchers of Lyon/Saint-Etienne.
  • English knowledge: the candidate must have an English level sufficient for participating in the Collegium activities.
The admissibility is decided by the director of the Collegium. An acknowledgment of admissibility or non-admissibility is sent to the candidate, informing him/her of the reason of the refusal, the case being. 

c - Selection by the Scientific advisory Board

The selection is made by the Scientific advisory Board, during a meeting that takes place in November each year. For research specialties that are not represented enough among the members of the Board, external assessments may be gathered beforehand. The Board makes its decisions following a collective discussion, according to these main criteria:
  • quality of the profile of the candidate (experience, publications)
  • quality of the submitted project (and notably its innovative aspect)
  • potential for integration in the Lyon/Saint-Etienne research center and reasons for choosing Lyon
  • expected outcomes of the project
The Scientific advisory board also pays attention to gathering a cohort of researchers that is coherent and balanced in terms of covered fields of research, gender, age and geographical origin of the candidates. The original projects and the projects on specific research themes are reviewed according to the same criteria and at the same time. A list of selected candidates, candidates selected on the waiting list (ranked) and non-selected candidates is prepared.
The selection of the Scientific advisory Board is not communicated to the candidates before the Executive Committee has confirmed it.

d - Confirmation by the Executive Committee

 The list proposed by the Scientific advisory Board  is reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Collegium. The committee checks that the selection is in keeping with the objectives given by the Université de Lyon to the Collegium and decides of the final selection. 
Candidates receive the result of the selection: selection, selection on the waiting list, non-selection. The reasons of the non-selection are not formally given. However, non-selected candidates can contact the director of the Collegium for advise on how to improve a possible new application. 
Afterwards, selected candidates receive an official invitation letter detailing the conditions offered for a stay at the Collegium. 

2 - Applications via the EURIAS fellowship programme

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 19 participating Institutes: Aarhus, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Warsaw, Zürich. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.

EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. The diversity of the 16 participating IAS offers a wide range of possible research contexts in Europe for worldwide scholars. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.

The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. The EURIAS selection process has proven to be highly competitive. To match the Programme standards, applicants have to submit a solid and innovative research proposal, to demonstrate the ability to forge beyond disciplinary specialisation, to show an international commitment as well as quality publications in high-impact venues.

- Applications are submitted online via
Late applications will not be considered.


- Scientific assessment by two international referees
- Pre-selection by the EURIAS international Scientific Committee
- Final selection by the IAS Academic Boards

The Eurias Fellowship Programme is coordinated by the RFIEA and co-sponsored by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme COFUND action.

EURIAS candidates are strongly encouraged, if they are interested by a stay at the Collegium, to ask one or several labs or research teams in the Lyon/Saint-Etienne research center for support for their application. The Collegium staff is available to help the candidates for this process.
Submitting a direct application on top of the EURIAS application would also increase the candidates' chances of success.

Marie Curie  UE

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Mise à jour le 28 juin 2017
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