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Short-term EFEO Postdoctoral Contracts

The École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO) in Paris awards short-term postdoctoral fellowships for three to six months to outstanding early career researchers. Applicants must be French or EU nationals and have obtained a PhD following a viva voce examination held in or after 2011.

This funding is intended to enable Humanities and Social Science researchers specializing in Asian Studies to carry out work in the field or in libraries and archives. Interdisciplinary projects, and/or associating EFEO scholars and Centres are welcomed. For 2018, projects concerning Chiang Mai and Kyôto centres will be encouraged. Mobility is not required.

  • Duration of contract: 3-6 months
  • Deadline for applications: 15 December 2017
  • Period of funding: Between February and December 2018.


The proposed monthly net salary is 1 500 €. Depending on the country where research is to be conducted, the EFEO may also provide support for visa applications (administrative letters) and logistics (accommodation, access to libraries, etc.).

Early researchers' responsibilities

Applicants are expected to participate in EFEO scientific activities, notably to present the results of their research in seminars or conferences organized by the EFEO. In addition, candidates are required to submit a final report within thirty days of the completion of their fellowship, which includes an abstract to be published in the EFEO's annual report. If research carried out in the course of the fellowship results in a publication and/or participation in academic conferences/seminars, candidates are required to mention the support of the EFEO and will provide the EFEO with a copy of relevant publications. The EFEO will not be responsible for oral or written views expressed by the candidates.


  • Fellowships are offered in the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Anthropology, Literature and Art Studies, History, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, etc.)
  • Applicants must have obtained a PhD following a viva voce examination held in or after 2011. There is no age limit.
  • Applicants must be French or EU nationals and affiliated to a French higher education and research institute or a public/private research institute based in France.
  • Successful applicants must hold a bank account in France.
  • Applicants should have a good command of the language(s) required to successfully complete the research project.
  • The postdoctoral fellowships cannot be combined with any other full-time salaried employment

Application procedure

Applications must be submitted electronically before December 11, 2017

Applications may be submitted in French or English.

Applications should be in PDF format (one document only) entitled « NAME Surname Candidature Postdocs EFEO 2018 », and include:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae (2 pages max) accompanied by a list of publications
  • A copy of the applicant's PhD diploma and thesis report (if available)
  • A 3-5 page presentation of the proposed research project detailing:
    • Objective and specific aims of the research project
    • Detailed work program (planned schedule, locations and institutions to be visited, budget, contacts)
    • Bibliography
  • A letter of recommendation

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and results will be communicated by 31 January 2018.

Application date
15 Dec 2017
3-6 months
Europe France Paris Île-de-France
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
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 6 years
Award granted
€ 1.500/month