Application and Residency Conditions 2024-25

The “Mediterranean” program focuses on all issues related to the development of the concept of the Mediterranean from antiquity to the present day, in research and university teaching. The projects of Iméra residents collaborating in this program can encompass all disciplines. Priority will be given to researchers who have produced innovative results in their field of expertise while developing a reflection on the notion of the Mediterranean(s) across time and/or space with a cross-cutting dimension.

The following disciplines will be favored, without excluding others: social sciences (history, sociology, anthropology, architecture…); humanities (literature, arts, philosophy, archaeology…) & digital humanities; environmental sciences (underwater archaeology, bioclimatic architecture).

Projects that can be integrated into the following research axes will be favored:

  • Narratives of migration and mobility across and around the Mediterranean, from Antiquity to the present day.
  • The complexity of colonial and post-independence legacies at the origin of contemporary identity reconfigurations around a shared sea.
  • The question of religion in the Mediterranean, particularly Mediterranean Islam.
  • The Mediterranean in the era of the Anthropocene and the issues related to climate change, water management, and the heritage of Mediterranean spaces.
  • Archives of ways of life in Mediterranean societies and cities, including in digital form and forms processed by artificial intelligence.
  • The invention of the Mediterranean: problematizing the field of Mediterranean studies


Applications deadline: October 16, 2023 1 pm (Paris time)

Duration of residency:  5 months

Periods of residency:

  • From September 2, 2024 to January 31, 2025.
  • Form February 10, 2025 to July 4, 2025

Eligibility criteria

Applications are open to scientists from all fields, whether they are junior or senior and following the specific criteria:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications.
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD.
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or otherwise) with a foreign university or research institution during the residency.

Remuneration and accommodation

Junior: €2,000 monthly allowance
Senior: €3,000 monthly allowance

Are considered juniors, scientists who, at the closing date of the call for applications, have full-time postdoctoral research experience ranging between 2 to 9 years.

Are considered seniors, scientists with minimum 10 years experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Residents will also benefit from paid travel expenses and free accommodation on Iméra premises.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate’s history.
  • The scientific project; on the basis of its originality and rigor, risk-taking and the potential for experimentation, the place given to collaboration, making the most of opportunities within the intellectual community of Iméra (residents and scientific team) and the Aix-Marseille University, while actively contributing to its animation.
  • The interdisciplinary approach; on the basis of a proven practice and a project where it is practicable.


Online applications must include the following supporting documents:

  • A duly completed application form (mandatory fields).
  • A curriculum vitae including a list of publications for researchers.
  • A presentation of the project (maximum 5 pages) followed by a selective bibliography (compulsory for researchers.
  • A letter of support from an Aix-Marseille University researcher or associate/assistant professor.