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French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Apr 25, 2023 12:54 PM

Deadline: June 6, 2023, 6:00 PM CET (Paris Time)

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme offers 10-month fellowships in the seven institutes of Aix-Marseille, Loire Valley (Orléans-Tours), Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris and Rennes. It welcomes applications from high-level international scholars to develop their innovative research projects in France.

The call is open to all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (SSH), and all research fields. Research projects in other sciences and in arts that propose a strong interaction and dialogue with the SSH are also eligible. Some host IAS have scientific priorities that need to be taken into full consideration before applying.

Interested parties must have a strong interdisciplinary dimension and aim at a major advance on their topic or in methods. An essential selection criteria is the capacity of the proposed projects to make explicit their potential impact beyond their discipline/field and possibly beyond academia. Priority will be given to projects addressing societal challenges or offering innovative insights into the functioning of humans and societies.

The FIAS fellows will benefit from the support and conducive scientific environment offered by the IAS, in an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows and in close relation to the local research potential. The fellows will be free to organize their work and conduct research as they wish.

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

Available positions for the 2024-2025 academic year: 40.

  • Paris: 13
  • Lyon: 10
  • Aix-Marseille: 4
  • Nantes: 4
  • Loire Valley (Orléans-Tours): 3
  • Montpellier: 3
  • Rennes: 3


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CLOSED - Technische Universität München, Germany

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Apr 25, 2023 12:47 PM

Deadline: January 31, 2023

The TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS) invites applications for Fellowships in the following categories of its Fellowship program:

  • Anna Boyksen Fellowships for outstanding top-level female professors from outside TUM who intend to explore gender- and/or diversity-relevant themes in the context of the TUM subject portfolio (more information).
  • Hans Fischer Fellowships for outstanding early-career scientists from outside TUM (more information).
  • Hans Fischer Senior Fellowships for renowned international scientists from outside TUM (more information).
  • Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowship for a highly qualified researcher from industry (more information).
  • Philosopher in Residence for internationally leading and emerging representatives of the field of philosophy (more information).

Further information on the conditions and the selection process is available here. The TUM-IAS explicitly encourages nominations of and applications from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies.

Proposals are to be submitted online (link to the application forms).

CLOSED - Mecila Open Calls 2023

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Apr 25, 2023 12:47 PM

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Mecila (Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America) is a joint project of the following German and Latin American research institutions: Freie Universität Berlin (coordination); Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin); Universität zu Köln (Cologne); Universidade de São Paulo and Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (São Paulo); Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (Universidad Nacional de La Plata/Conicet, La Plata); and El Colegio de México (Mexico City).

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and established in São Paulo in April 2017, Mecila has currently three open calls:

Mecila will award four Junior Fellowships to excellent early-career scholars who have obtained their doctoral degree in the humanities or social sciences. The duration of each Fellowship is nine months (from 1 March to 30 November). Fellows are expected to commit fulltime to their proposed research activities at the Centre. For the duration of the Fellowship, fellows will normally receive a monthly allowance, depending on individual circumstances and taking other forms of income before and during the fellowship into account. More at

Mecila will award five Senior Fellowships to selected candidates. The duration of each Fellowship is nine months (from 1 March to 30 November). Fellows are expected to commit fulltime to their proposed research activities at the Centre. Remuneration depends on individual circumstances. More at

The Centre cordially invites two Senior and two Junior Fellows to apply for a Thematic Fellowship on Mecila’s Annual Theme 2024 Informalities to work at the Centre in São Paulo for the duration of six months (during the period from 01 March 2024 – 30 November 2024). Fellows are expected to commit fulltime to their proposed research activities at the Centre and engage in dialogue and exchange with the other Thematic Fellowship holders. For the duration of the fellowship, Fellows will normally receive a monthly allowance, depending on individual circumstances and taking other forms of income before and during the fellowship into account. Alternatively, the fellowship can be used to finance a temporary replacement (buy-out). More at

CLOSED - University of Konstanz, Germany

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Apr 25, 2023 12:47 PM

Deadline: February 13, 2023

The Zukunftskolleg is an Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Konstanz for the promotion of outstanding early career researchers in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. It forms a platform for interdisciplinary discourse between researchers in Germany and abroad, and provides them with resources for obtaining extramural funding. Researchers at the Zukunftskolleg perform research without administrative constraints and have the freedom to engage in meaningful exchange with other up-and-coming colleagues and with distinguished senior researchers.

The Zukunftskolleg Konnect Fellowships support early career researchers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, who do research that fits to one of the thirteen departments at the University of Konstanz. As a ZUKOnnect Fellow, you can use this time to extend your research networks and to get to know the research environment at the University of Konstanz while keeping your position at home. As these fellowships can build a first bridge to the German and European academic system, doctoral students in their last year are encouraged to apply. The Zukunftskolleg will not offer employment contracts for ZUKOnnect Fellows.

Up to 4 (post-)doctoral stipends for an on-campus research stay at the Zukunftskolleg are available for up to 3 months (with justification for up to 4 months). The on-site ZUKOnnect Fellowships are complemented by a digital affiliation extending it to a duration of 12-months. The start date for the digital affiliation is summer 2023. The preferred start date for the on-site ZUKOnnect Fellowships is between 15 September 2023 and 15 October 2023.

More information on this program and on how to apply can be found here.

Further questions can be directed via e-mail:

CLOSED - Call for researchers - USP Global Cities Program

by Richard Meckien - published Oct 04, 2018 05:20 PM - - last modified Dec 20, 2022 11:39 AM

The USP Global Cities Program has launched its fifth public call for postdoctoral researchers and collaborators. The objective is to contribute to the improvement of research, and to the scientific and technological excellence of the University, as well as to enable the formation of groups of national and foreign researchers focused on urban issues, integrating networks of studies and international research. The generation of applications, experiments, and solutions that become subsidies for the necessary transformations in the urban context is seen as a desirable consequence of the participation of new researchers in the program.

The researchers should present an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective in their projects, intensifying the dialogue and interaction between social and human sciences, experimental sciences such as mathematics and computing, physics, chemistry, biology, and all their technological aspects, and environmental sciences and sustainability. The proposals should consider the complexities of cities and the 2050-projection.

Since the IEA-USP is an interdisciplinary environment, the participants will be given the possibility of developing innovative research projects, establishing academic connections, and entering the various research networks to which the Institute and other units are related.

  • Deadline for the submission: December 19, 2022, at 10:00 am (GMT -3);
  • Announcement of selected projects: March 9, 2023;
  • First meeting: March 23, 2023.


Postdoctoral Programme

Its general objective is to improve the level of the scientific and technological excellence at USP. Its specific goal is to further enhance advanced research skills of postdoctoral researchers under the supervision of an experimented researcher who needs to be a faculty member. The submitted projects have to be carried out in schools, institutes, museums, and other bodies belonging to the university.

  • Duration: from six months to one year.
  • Minimum workload: 20 hours per week; total of 960 hours


Research Collaborator Programme

Its objective is to stimulate the collaboration between researchers of USP and external faculty and non-faculty academics. The submitted projects have to be carried out in schools, institutes, museums, and other bodies belonging to the university. The collaboration proposal has to be submitted by a USP faculty member.

  • Applications must be submitted by an USP professor to the IEA-USP Research Committee.
  • Workload: minimum of 12 and maximum of 40 hours per week.
  • Duration: two years.


12 vacancies are being made available in this selection process. They can be occupied by both post-docs and collaborating researchers, and only one project will be selected per supervisor.


This call will not grant scholarships to selected researchers.

List of themes and supervising researchers at USP Global Cities

Please consult the supervisors before submitting a proposal.

Topic Involved Sustainable Development Goals Supervisor e-mail
Environmental planning with interface to urban planning 6-11-13-15 Amarilis Lucia Casteli Figueiredo Gallardo
Impact of graduate programs in environmental sciences on the 2030 Agenda All 17 Carlos Alberto Cioce Sampaio
Impacts of climate change on urban biodiversity, whether in the context of zoonosis or conservation
3-14-15 Carlos Arturo Navas Iannini
Collaborative and participatory actions for sustainable tourism development 8-11-12-16-17 Debora Cordeiro Braga

Relationship between water and sanitation, climate action and quality education

post-docs only

4-6-13 Eduardo Mario Mendiondo¹

Data science for health and urban mobility

post-docs only

3-5-10-11 Fábio Kon
The municipality as the orchestrator of entrepreneurial ecosystems and local innovations 8-9-17 Felipe Borini
Sustainability in urban public spaces 11 Fraya Frehse

Sustainable municipalities: cities and gender equality

post-docs only

5-11 Janina Onuki
SDGs and knowledge translation? Device usability assessment for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda All 17 Marco Akerman
Socioeconomic and environmental inequality; ways of life, uses, and socio-ecological interactions; public policies and socio-environmental sustainability; territories and social inequalities; social research 1-2-10-11 Maria da Penha Vasconcellos
Tourism 5-10-11
Mariana Aldrigui
Health and environment: air pollution, urban transport, built environment, climate change 11-13 Nelson Gouveia
Emergency and climate justice, environmental governance, and water security 6-7-11-13 Pedro Jacobi
Circular economy: evaluating the technical feasibility of using textile waste discarded by industries in the manufacture of new products 12 Regina Sanches
Leisure and sectoral policies: interfaces with the development of cities 3-11 Ricardo Ricci Uvinha
Challenges and practices in the universalization of basic sanitation; sustainability indicators in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda 6-11-17 Tadeu Fabrício Malheiros¹
Social and environmental justice and access to water; governance and popular participation in social and environmental forums 6-11-13-16 Wagner Costa Ribeiro
Environmental quality; new proposals for environmental sanitation; sustainable cities and communities with an emphasis on solid waste and disasters; sustainable consumption and production, and local and regional development 3-6-11-12 Wanda Maria Risso Gunther

¹ A professor at USP's campus in São Carlos

Submit your project

Use this form for your submission


Selected candidates must develop a strategic action plan for the period of their research project's conduction, consisting of activities distributed in the following axes:

  1. to hold at least one symposium aimed at the theoretical and methodological deepening on the topic of their research;
  2. to participate in the organization of UrbanSus seminars for advanced reflection on topics of interest to the USP Global Cities Program, aimed at disseminating advances in knowledge to the community;
  3. to prepare at least one digital article for publication on USP Global Cities Program's website;
  4. to submit at least one co-authored article for publication in a journal, book or book chapter;
  5. to collaborate with the expansion of scientific communication of the results of studies and research projects of members linked to the USP Global Cities Program.

Read the full call in Portuguese