IMéRA: Call for applications┋"Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity" 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 the Institute hosts about thirty artists and scientists of all disciplines (residents), 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 four thematic programmes: Art, Science and Society; Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity; Mediterranean programme; Global Phenomena and Regulation

"Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity" Programme

The program "Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity" aims to facilitate the meeting of researchers from different fields around a common theme. The program is thus open to researchers from any discipline undergoing interdisciplinary research.

Candidates are expected to pursue interdisciplinary research and to interact with researchers and students of the university from other fields. This includes the organization of a workshop, public lectures, and a crash-course (approximatively 10 hours) for doctoral students from various fields.

CONTACT: Thibault Gajdos, Director of "Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity" Programme –


Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

  • the general programme described above , or
  • one of the specific residencies in partnership listed below.

The choice must be specified in the application form ("Application options").


Deadline : 26 September 2019 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):

  • 7 Sept 2020 to 3 Feb 2021 (5 months - Semester 1)
  • 15 Feb 2021 to 9 July 2021 (5 months - Semester 2)
  • 7 Sept 2020 to 9 July 2021 (10 months - Full year) - only for scientists

Who can qualify ?

Applications are open to researchers of all disciplines, both junior and senior.

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
  • 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


  • 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.

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.).

Residencies in partnership

The IMéRA Science and Humanities Program benefits from the collaboration and support of the following 3 partners:

Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity 2020-2021- ILCB/IMéRA Chair

The Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB) includes 10 research units (LPL, LPC, INS, INT, LNC, ISM, LIF, LSIS, LIA, I2M) and 6 experimental platforms (IRMf, MEG, EEG, TMS, Primatology, Virtual Reality) bringing together more than 150 statutory researchers on the Aix-Marseille-Avignon site. Its scientific project focuses on the cerebral basis of language and communication. The ILCB bears on knowledge acquired in the various relevant disciplines: linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, mathematics and medicine. In particular, the ILCB aims to study language production and perception not only in a controlled context, but also to open up new pathways for the study of its use in more natural contexts. The ILCB also has a support system for experiments with a service dedicated to data analysis and processing run by 4 scientific computing engineers.

The project proposed as part of this call should be interdisciplinary, centre on the cerebral bases of language or communication, and preferably involve collaboration between several ILCB units.

The ILCB/IMéRA Chair is for experienced researchers presenting a project on the "language, communication and brain" theme.

The chair holder has to carry out these research themes and assure sufficient visibility for the Chair activities, mainly through public conferences.


  • Deadline: 26 September 2019 at 1:00 pm (french time)
  • Duration of residences: 10 months (preferably)
  • Residence periods: 7 Sept 2020 to 9 July 2021 (10 months)


Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity Programme 2020-2021 | IPC/IMéRA Chair

The Paoli-Calmettes Institute (IPC), a member of the UNICANCER federation of French cancer centres, includes 1,554 people, of which 210 practitioners involved in comprehensive management of all cancer pathologies: research, medical care and support, education and training. Two research centres are associated with the IPC: the Marseille Oncology Research Centre (CRCM) and the Cancer, Biomedicine and Society team (CanBioS). IPC’s research mission is to facilitate the implementation of a cancer research continuum, from basic research to translational, clinical and socio-economic research, in order to bring the latest innovations in cancer to patients and improve their care. The IPC research teams are multidisciplinary, including both clinicians and cancer researchers, from fundamental aspects to clinical applications to socio-economic aspects.

The IPC/IMéRA Chair is open to experienced researchers in all disciplines presenting a project related to cancer research.

The IPC/IMERA Chair holder should develop his/her research so as to intensify cooperation between IPC and IMéRA and ensure sufficient visibility for the Chair's work through a series of public lectures.


  • Deadline: 26 September 2019 at 1:00 pm (French time)
  • Duration of residences: 10 months (preferably)
  • Residence periods: 7 Sept 2020 to 9 July 2021 (10 months)


Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity Programme | INSERM-IMéRA Residence 2020-2021

National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm), through its institutional missions of theoretical and applied research on life science and health, aims to advance scientific knowledge and promote the transfer of such knowledge towards clinical applications.


  • Deadline: 26 September 2019 at 1:00 pm (French time)
  • Duration of residences: 3 or 5 months
  • Start dates of residencies: 9 September 2019 or 17 February 2020

Who can qualify?

Inserm/IMéRA residency is open to junior and senior researchers from all countries specialized in Biomedicine, Biophysics, Bioinformatics or Health Economics.


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
5 or 10 months
Social sciences