IAST Toulouse Research Fellowships


We welcome applications from researchers within a large range of disciplines in the social, behavioral and life sciences: anthropology, evolutionary biology, economics, genetics, history, law, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology; however, motivated applications from outside these disciplines will be given full consideration. Successful applicants will have to demonstrate an interest in, and a commitment to, at least one of the other disciplines of IAST.

We seek candidates with a strong research background in their own discipline, but willing and able to develop research projects drawing on IAST’s substantial interdisciplinary resources, including particularly the proximity of strong groups in economics (Toulouse School of Economics, TSE).

We are open to a variety of research methods, including theory, field and laboratory experiments, observational field work, and the analysis of large secondary data sets.

All research interests relevant to the broad study of human behavior are welcome, but interests that complement and / or enhance those already developed at IAST will be given special consideration. These include, to cite only a few:

  • In history: quantitative economic history (cliometrics), empirical political economy in history, qualitative economic or social history; emergence and dynamics of institutions and networks.

  • In evolutionary biology: theoretical models of evolution (applied to family structure, strategic interactions, plasticity, cognition, learning, cultural evolution); related empirical work.

  • In anthropology: human biology, life history theory, human development and plasticity, health and infectious disease, aging, demography, host-parasite co-evolution, diet and nutrition, global health, evolutionary medicine and genetics.

  • In political science: public opinion and public policies, political economy, political institutions, development, experimental political science, studies of networks and their impact on individual and collective action.

  • In law: law and economics, corporate governance, criminology.

  • In psychology: cognition, beliefs, identity, memory, the emotions, culture, social trust, gender, group decision-making.

  • In sociology: network formation, the impact of networks on social outcomes, sociology of religion.

  • In genetics and neuroscience: mental state representation, personality, intelligence.



Eligible applicants for 2021 must be active researchers who have or will have completed their PhD after December 2017 and before September 2021.

IAST offers candidates an opportunity to devote themselves full time to their research at the start of their careers.

Motivated applications will be considered from candidates whose PhDs were completed in 2017 or earlier; please explain your reasons in your cover letter.

Application date
2 years, renewable
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, History
Social sciences : Demography, Economy, Law, Political science, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Sociology
Other : Biology