Fulbright Program France┋Fulbright Postdoctoral Award in the Social Sciences at the EHESS

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Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Details

  • ACTIVITY TYPE: Research
  • DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
  • CAREER PROFILE: Early Career Academics
  • AWARD START PERIOD: September 2023
  • AWARD LENGTH: 9 months - 12 months
  • COUNTRY: France
  • DISCIPLINES: American Studies; Anthropology; Area Studies, non- U.S.; Economics; History, American; History, non- U.S.; Linguistics; Mathematics; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology

Award Activity

Conduct research in the area of specialization at EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales -- School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences) in Paris.


Award is hosted by the institution listed below

Locations Detail

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Award Length and Period

Nine to 12 months (12 months preferred)

Areas of Interest

Cognitive science is also welcome.

Award Requirements

Citizenship/Residency Requirement

  • Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.

Invitation Requirement

A letter of invitation is required.

Language Proficiency Requirements

None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D. required and must be obtained by June 2023 at the latest.

Additional Comments

The Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), founded in 1975 in Paris, is a prestigious school that gathers 700 high-profile scholars from various disciplines and areas studies. The EHESS trains students in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences (history, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, political science, philosophy, and mathematics), and focuses on methodological innovation using critical tools and new theoretical approaches.

EHESS aims to develop interdisciplinary studies within social sciences as well as in relations with other major scientific fields, such as public health, environmental sciences, and mathematics. This multi-dimensional approach is complemented by an emphasis on widening the social sciences’ geographical scope. EHESS’ cross-disciplinary research groups cover all regions of the world.

EHESS’ activities are organized into different research centers, more than 30 of which are run in collaboration with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). These research centers constitute the intellectual core for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers at EHESS.

The EHESS’ international focus is at the heart of both its research centers and its collaborations with those universities and scientific centers around the world, where today’s most significant advances in social sciences are being made.

Applications for the post-doctoral program should include these international dimensions. The first mission of the EHESS is to help young researchers acquire an international scientific background through the quality of its training, the international profiles of its professors, and the quality and scope of its research.

Located in Paris, the EHESS offers an outstanding research environment.

In addition to pursuing his or her own research, the grantee will participate in a seminar series conducted by the associated research center.

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Award Benefits

Award Allowances

Approximately $2,500 per month before taxes, with employee benefits (including enrollment in the French national healthcare system).

There is no allocation for accompanying dependents. Applicants are responsible for finding their own housing, although some host institutions may facilitate the process. The Euraxess network can also help with housing and local logistics.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

International travel allowance provided for grantee only. All research scholars receive a travel allowance of €1,200 (approx. $1,300).

Estimated Cost of Living

France offers free public schooling from nursery school through high school of excellent quality. Many schools have international sections with at least some courses taught in English. Otherwise, there are services for newly arrived students to learn French. The French healthcare system is among the best in the world. It is very easy to book appointments with healthcare professionals, and costs are affordable. A standard doctor's visit costs 25 euros (approximately $28). Housing can be expensive, particularly in the bigger cities. In Paris, the average rent for a two-room apartment is around $1400 per month, and $900 per month for a studio apartment. There are comprehensive public transportation and high speed rail networks throughout France. In Paris, an annual adult public transportation pass costs between 700 and 800 euros (approximately $900). There are reduced prices available for seniors, young adults, and children.

Special Award Benefits

Visa fees will be waived for Fulbright grantees and their accompanying dependents. The Fulbright Commission will provide support and guidance for the visa process.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

Application date
9-12 months
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Arts and Art history, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Economy, Geography, Gender studies, Identities, gender and sexuality, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Political science, Sociology
Other : Physics, mathematics and engineering