IMéRA: Call for applications┋Mediterranean Programme

IMéRA (AMU) is an institute for advanced study 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 we receive some twenty researchers and artists (residents), all international. These resident researchers and artists are 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 three structural programs following three cross-fertilization lines (Science Meets Humanities; Art, Science and Society; and Mediterranean programmes). In addition to these structural programs, a multi-annual thematic program conducive to interdisciplinary research entitled Global Phenomena and Regulation is deployed over the period 2017-2020.

Mediterranean Programme

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, dedicated to literature and new forms of writing, sponsored by the Aix-Marseille University Initiative for Excellence (A*MIDEX).


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. A chair "Tomorrow the Mediterranean" is under study; it could be created as early as 2019.

CONTACT : Thierry Fabre, director of Mediterranean Programme -


Deadline : 20 September 2018 at 1:00 pm (french time)

Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months

Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):

  • 9 Sept 2019 to 7 Feb 2020 (5 months)
  • 17 Feb 2020 to 10 July 2020 (5 months)
  • 9 Sept 2019 to 10 July 2020 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

  • For the 4 programmes: Applications are open to researchers of all disciplines, both junior and senior.
  • For “Art, Science and Society” and “Mediterranean” programmes: Applications are also open to artists.

IMéRA also participates in the programs for “Researchers in exile” supported by the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (RFIEA) and the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research (MESR).

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Carry out a project related to one of the 4 programmes (see above)
  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • For researchers, hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • With the exception of applicants to the programmes for "Researchers in exile", have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency


Scientist remuneration

  • Junior: €2,000 net monthly allowance
  • Senior: €3,000 net monthly allowance

Junior Class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Artist remuneration

Artists will receive a €2,000 net monthly allowance or salary (depending on their candidate status).

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Relevance of the research project in terms of its connection with the Aix-Marseille area (potential local resources – field, archives, etc.).


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 the project (maximum 5 pages) with selective bibliography;
    • For junior researchers: one to three letters of recommendation.
Application date
20 Sep 2018
5 or 10 months
Europe France South-East
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
€ 2.000-3.000/month