Themis programme

Impeded research


The FMSH supports the intellectual community in countries marked by various obstacles to academic freedom. The Themis mobility program is dedicated to researchers whose fields and research are hindered.

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The Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme offers mobility grants for stays in France of 2 to 3 months to researchers of all nationalities facing obstacles to academic freedom in their countries.

This mobility grant is intended for research work in France: fieldwork, library and archive work.

Financial details

An monthly allowance of €1,800 is awarded to fellows to cover travel and living expenses. In addition, the FMSH provides assistance in obtaining a visa to France.

Eligibility Criteria

Context: working in difficult conditions and being hindered in their research. Impediments to academic freedom may be of various kinds.

Status and degree: applicants must be attached to a private or public higher education research institution / research institute and hold a research doctorate.

Candidates must be under 65 years of age at the time of their stay.

Discipline: candidates must be engaged in research in the humanities and social sciences.

French host institution: Before submitting their application, applicants will have to find a French research institution to host them for the time of their stay. 

To help you in your research, you can access the ScanR tool (list of the French research centers).

Obligations of the researcher

At the end of their stay, researchers must submit a report to the FMSH outlining the activities carried out during their stay and their contribution to their research project.

Projects will be evaluated based on the following elements

  • The scientific quality of the project and the method developed;
  • The need to come to France in view of the project and the obstacles mentioned;
  • The feasibility of the project during the stay in France.

Once the applications have been evaluated, they will be selected by a committee made up of members of the Executive Board and scientific leaders from the FMSH and specialists from outside the Foundation.

The results will be communicated to the applicants no later than February 2024.

Application form

Applicants must submit a form and a scientific file (research project + annexes) on an online platform. The online platform will be accessible from October 02, 2023. Complete applications must be uploaded on the online platform by December 15, 2023, 17:00 (Paris time).

The application form and the scientific file can be submitted in French or in English.

Content of the scientific file

The research project: The research project consists of a presentation of between 10,000 and 20,000 characters (including spaces and notes) composed of

  • the problematic and the objectives of the research project
  • a bibliography
  • details of the program of the stay (places and institutions to visit, possible contacts)


  • A CV of maximum 2 pages
  • A list of the 5 main publications
  • A copy of the thesis diploma
  • A letter explaining the situation in which the researcher finds himself/herself and the reasons for which the realization of his/her research is prevented. This information will be strictly confidential and anonymized in the framework of expertise.
  • A letter of support of a Research center based in France

How to apply?

1. Go to the platform and enter the " Researcher Workspace ".

2. Log in if you have already created an account, if not, create an account

3. Fill in your profile and click on "create a new application".

4. Select "Themis 2024 Program - 1st call"

5. Fill in all the tabs of the form

6. In the "Documents" tab, upload a single electronic document in pdf format containing the following documents

  • A research project
  • A CV of maximum 2 pages
  • A list of the 5 main publications
  • A copy of the thesis diploma
  • A letter explaining the political situation in which the researcher finds himself and the reasons why the realization of his research is prevented.
  • A letter of support from a research center based in France

7. You can save your application without submitting it and come back to it later, or submit it permanently. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. Please note that if your application is not submitted it will not be considered. Incomplete applications or applications that do not correspond to the description above will not be considered.

For any information on the platform, or in case of difficulty in using it, contact



Opening of the call

October 02, 2023

Closing of the call

December 15, 2023 at 5pm (Paris time)

Analysis of applications

December-February 2024

Announcement of results

February 2024

Duration of the mobility stays
2 to 3 months

Period of the stay from April to June 2024 and from September to December 2024. The summer holidays will be avoided due to the closure of universities and the Olympic Games. The stay must take place during the year 2024

Application date
2-3 months
Social sciences