For established scholars

1 grant awarded

10 months strongly preferred 

Grant must begin in September 2025

Deadline 16 September 2024

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Chair Details

Award Activity

Conduct research in any discipline relating to migration studies at the Institut d’études avancées (Iméra) of Aix-Marseille Université in Marseille, France, and co-supervise the Iméra/Fulbright research cycle on Migration Studies, together with local fellows.


Iméra is part of the University of Aix-Marseille (AMU). A leading research university. Aix-Marseille University makes a large contribution to the knowledge economy and to the dissemination of knowledge, bringing fundamental disciplinary and interdisciplinary research to societal issues. It is associated with major national and international research players with whom it develops and leads a scientific strategy.

Iméra is anchored in the heart of an exceptional archival reservoir: the municipal archives and departmental archives of Marseille, the Mucem archives (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations), the ANOM (National Overseas Archives, archives of the former French colonial empire), and the Albert CAMUS archives in Aix-en-Provence, to name a few.

Cultural and scientific framework

The city of Marseille comprises diverse and contrasting geographic territories (sea, mountain, and urban areas) and has an archaeological, natural, and cultural heritage that promotes the development of interdisciplinary projects.

Structured around 111 units, 9 research federations, around fifty labeled platforms, Aix-Marseille University has remarkable scientific potential in fundamental and applied research that is both interdisciplinary and backed by solid disciplinary sectors (5 major sectors: Sciences, Arts, Languages ​​Letters and Human Sciences, Law and Political Sciences, Health, Economics and Management).

Today, AMU is an intensive research university, which has forged privileged partnerships around the world, which has affirmed its roots and its territorial integration and which is among the very first French universities in international rankings.

Award Length and Period

The grant may be for 10 months (September-June) or 5 months (February-June).

Areas of Interest

All fields related to the study of population migration (in particular migration around and across the Mediterranean region). 

Applications demonstrating interdisciplinarity, originality, strong potential for collaboration, and themes connected to the institute’s priorities are particularly appreciated.

Special Features

Housing is offered by the host institution for the scholar and their family. Assistance will be provided to help the scholar place his/her children in local schools, if applicable.

The Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University (Iméra) is located in a large park in the heart of Marseille and includes two main buildings: the Maison des astronomes, historic seat of the Observatory built under the Second Empire, and a modern building from the 1960s where astronomers and astrophysicists worked (renovated and inaugurated in June 2015).

Iméra now has 14 accommodation units, 2 seminar rooms (50 and 30 seats), offices and meeting rooms, as well as convivial spaces. It offers an exceptional setting for welcoming residents and building an interdisciplinary scientific community.

Iméra provides residents with fully equipped apartments, with all household linen (sheets and towels), some of which can accommodate families. The allocation of housing is the sole decision of Iméra, which strives to accommodate all residents as well as possible.

For more information about life on campus, see here.

Residents also benefit from an equipped office in a large shared space. Iméra is also currently in the process of creating a space for research and artistic production.


Deadline 16 September 2024

All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the 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.


Applicants must secure a letter of invitation from a scholar at an academic department, institute, research unit, or other research organization attached to Aix-Marseille Université.

Language Proficiency Requirements

English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement

Additional Language Requirement

At least a conversational level of French is recommended in order to benefit fully from the community at Iméra.

Additional Comments

Applicants must be affiliated with an institution of higher education.

Iméra is the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University, the largest Francophone university in the world. Iméra welcomes scholars from around the world who are engaged in cross-disciplinary research projects for short-term stays. 

Awardees should expect to attend weekly meetings with the other scholars in residence for community building.


Interested candidates may contact Marie-Pierre Ulloa,

Charlotte Goodwin, US Program Officer at the Franco-American Fulbright Commission


Award Allowances

€2,400 (approx. $2,600) per month.

Housing is also provided and fully covered by host institution. There are apartments for single researchers, couples, and families with children, which would otherwise cost between $788 and $1966 per month.

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). 

Special Award Benefits

  • Visa fees will be waived for Fulbright grantees and their accompanying dependents.
  • Expenses will be covered relating to the organization of on-campus academic events.
  • Housing fully covered by host institution.

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.

Deadline 16 September 2024