This call is now closed.

For the year 2024-25, Iméra, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of Aix-Marseille University is opening 14 resident fellowships ranging between 5 and 10 months, targeting academics and/or artists. The fellowships are distributed over four programs (Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge; Interdisciplinary Explorations; Mediterranean; Necessary Utopias).

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Interested artists and/or academics can apply to one of the following residencies:

Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge

Fellowship TitleDurationTypes of candidatesNumber of spotsUmbrella ProgramKeywords
Artistic and documentary writings in the museum – Mucem / Iméra Residency5 monthsArtist or academic1Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge AND MediterraneanSociety museums; Mediterranean cultures; ethnographic survey; cultural anthropology; Fort Saint-Jean; folk art; everyday objects; contemporary creation; documentary data; museography
Research- Creation in oncology and immunology – ICI / Iméra Chair10 monthsArtist or academic1Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge AND Interdisciplinary ExplorationsTherapeutic use of artistic practices in oncology-immunology; social representations of cancer; relations between artistic practices and clinical and/or scientific practices; epistemological perspectives
Utopian viewpoints on Marseille – Citadelle de Marseille / Iméra5 monthsArtist or academic1Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge AND Necessary UtopiasBuilt heritage; living heritage; concrete utopias; participatory methods; citizens’ memories; military archives; testimonies;  collective imaginations; Fort Saint-Nicolas/Entrecasteaux; hierarchy of living things; pollution

Interdisciplinary Explorations

Residency TitleDurationTypes of ApplicationsNumber of SpotsIméra Affiliated ProgramsKeywords
Carte blanche of the Interdisciplinary Explorations Program5 monthsAcademic1Interdisciplinary ExplorationsUnstable balance of interdisciplinarity; practices of interdisciplinarity; nomadic concepts; cognitive perspectives
Interdisciplinarity – IRD/Iméra Chair10 monthsAcademic1Interdisciplinary ExplorationsInterdisciplinary dialogue; concept of sustainability; United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); developing countries; overseas regions;
physical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and health sciences.
Language, Communication, and Brain – ILCB/Iméra Chair10 monthsAcademic1Interdisciplinary ExplorationsLanguage pathologies and their treatment;
Mathematical modeling; neural and cognitive dynamics of language and conversation; origin of animal and human language.


Title of the residencyDurationTypes of applicationNumber of spotsIméra-affiliated programsKeywords
Carte blanche of the Mediterranean program5 monthsAcademic1MediterraneanMigration and mobility narratives; complexity of colonial and post-independence legacies; religious phenomena in the Mediterranean; the Mediterranean in the Anthropocene era; archives of ways of life in Mediterranean societies and cities; the invention of the Mediterranean.
Albert Hirschman: Identity passions between Europe and the Mediterranean – Sciences Po Aix / Iméra Chair5 monthsAcademic1MediterraneanIdentity passions; national and identity movements; social and political behaviors; protest mobilizations; mobilities, migrations, and their societal impacts; politico-religious movements; political forms; democratic fragilities.
Averroes – Mediterranean Islam – Iméra Chair5 monthsAcademic1MediterraneanMediterranean Islam; islamic studies; philosophy; history; anthropology; sociology; study of texts and their translations, including retranslations; practices of Islam in the Mediterranean in relation to other religions of the Mediterranean region; diversity of historical legacies; Islam and migratory trajectories.
Germaine Tillion – Tomorrow, the Mediterranean – Région Sud / Iméra Chair10 monthsAcademic1MediterraneanAnthropocène ; transformation des modes de vie ; changements urbains et politiques territoriales ; dynamiques politiques, identitaires et religieuses ; mouvements sociaux et démocratiques ; nouvelles générations en Méditerranée
Migration studies – Fulbright / Iméra Chair

This call is subject to a separate application with a specific timeline – open call until September 15, so you should apply directly through this page
5 or 10 months (10 months highly preferred)    Academic2MediterraneanAny discipline related to migration studies

Necessary Utopias

Residency TitleDurationTypes of ApplicationsNumber of SpotsIméra Affiliated ProgramsKeywords
Carte blanche of the Necessary Utopias Program5 monthsAcademic1Necessary UtopiasUtopian approaches to the following themes: ecological crisis; health; migrations; work; economic and social inequalities; habitation; education; crisis of political participation.
Transregional studies — EHESS / Iméra Chair10 monthsAcademic1Necessary UtopiasComparative research; comparison between cultural areas; scale games; exchanges; reformulation of social orders; alternative writings in social sciences.
Worlds of Labour — LEST / Iméra Chair10 monthsAcademic1Necessary UtopiasHuman and social sciences of work; contemporary evolutions of the relationship between individuals and society in relation to work; link between work and subjectivities; innovations and experiments related to the meaning of work and its organization; digital and work; risk management in work organizations, professional integration of young people and older adults.

With particular attention to the following themes: implementation and scope of long-term unemployment reduction policies; right to employment; work in France.
A world in crisis — AMSE / Iméra Chair  10 monthsAcademic1Necessary UtopiasNetworks; international trade; development; inequalities; big data; historical perspectives on growth; changing world.

Common Prerequisites

Prerequisites common to all available fellowships and that must be taken into account before the eligibility criteria specific to each fellowship.

  • An active knowledge of French and/or English (written and spoken) is essential. Language skills in both languages are desirable, given Iméra’s bilingual context: for example, weekly seminars (see point below) are held in both languages.
  • Candidates commit to participate in the activities planned with the other fellows and the scientific team of Iméra. The Community Building Seminar is in this sense one of the central activities, which takes place every week (usually on Thursday morning). The investment time equals one day per week.
  • Candidates, who are former Iméra Fellows, may reapply at least 5 years after their first fellowship.

Application file

You can access the application form at the bottom of each program’s page – through a specific clickable link to apply – this must follow a thorough reading of the eligibility criteria.

The application file must be written in either French or English.

Every applicant must include in his or her application:

– A duly completed application form (mandatory fields).

– All the following files (to upload):

  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and/or exhibitions, artistic achievements (maximum 10 pages).
  • A presentation of the project (maximum 5 pages) followed by a selective bibliography (compulsory for researchers) or a list of artistic and scientific references (compulsory for artists).
  • A letter of support from an Aix-Marseille University researcher or associate/assistant professor.

Important information about letters of support :

Applications for residencies at Imera must include a letter of support from an Aix-Marseille University researcher.

This document is necessary to demonstrate that the candidate’s research project will not be carried out in total isolation from the host scientific and cultural context, but will benefit from a series of links, exchanges and mutual enrichment.

To obtain a letter of support, candidates can:

* contact a colleague at Aix-Marseille University with whom they are already in contact or collaboration;

* contact the management of one of Aix-Marseille Université’s research institutes or units, presenting their research project and requesting the name of the colleague best suited to be the scientific partner of the residency and writer of the letter of support.

Here are some useful links:


Deadline: October 16, 2023, 1:00 PM (CET)

Residency duration: 5 or 10 months between september 2024 and July 2025

  • Fellowship of 10 months: from 2 September, 2024 to 4 July, 2025
  • Fellowship of 5 months at the first semester: from 2 September, 2024 to 31 January, 2025
  • Fellowship of 5 months at the second semester: from 10 February, 2025 to 4 July, 2025

Publication of the selected fellows: Early February 2024

  • First carefully read the scientific content of the program (also referred to as Umbrella program) under which the fellowship holding your interest falls, and in the case of artistic research fellowships, the content of the thematic program to which each is also assigned (example: for the Mucem Fellowship, read about the Arts and sciences and the Mediterranean programs). Any project not related to the thematic scope of the targeted program will not be evaluated;
  • Carefully read the application requirements detailed in the dedicated section above;
  • Carefully read the prerequisites detailed in the dedicated section above;
  • Read carefully the eligibility conditions specific to each fellowship (by clicking on the Fellowship Title) this is of relevance particularly for to the level of diploma and experience required, and for the candidate’s place of residence;
  • Carefully read the documents required to submit an application;
  • For artists, please take into account that this is only an artistic research residency and not a production one.

Residency conditions

For information about remuneration, please refer to each call (Application and residency conditions).


Unless otherwise specified, Iméra hosts the residents in one of its 14 apartments, situated in “Parc Longchamp” in the center of Marseille.

The attribution of apartments is the sole decision of Iméra, which strives to accommodate all residents in the best conditions. To this end, when submitting the application (“type of hosting”), the applicant must indicate his or her family configuration, which concerns only permanent presence for the entire duration of the residency (and not occasional visits).


Iméra takes in charge only the residents’ ticket from their usual place of residence to Marseille and back.

Research means

Residents benefit from the support of the Iméra team, which facilitates the conditions of their stay and the organization of their activities within the limits of available financial resources. These normally relate to the theme of their program but can also be transversal to other programs. In this context, Iméra helps residents to establish new contacts with the scientific and cultural environment of the Aix-Marseille region.

As detailed in the framework text for the “Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge” cross-disciplinary program, Iméra does not have production facilities for artists, either for the production of works or for exhibitions

Residents commitments

The Iméra resident agrees to accept all the principles and living rules contained in the Institute Charter.