Application and Residency Conditions 2024-25

The “Necessary Utopias” program targets academics from all disciplines, artists and social actors, thinkers and/or creators in the broadest sense of the term. Candidates must be driven by a passion for taking intellectual risks in their field of research and/or action. Their project must propose new ideas and new practical perspectives to face the challenges, local or global, that the contemporary world considers decisive, but impossible to win without really thinking and acting differently. The fields of invention and application of these necessary utopias are, among others: the ecological crisis, health, migrations, work, economic and social inequalities, housing, education, the crisis of political participation.

To learn more about the program please visit this page.


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

Duration of residency:  5 months

Possible periods of residency:

  • From 2 September, 2024 to 31 January, 2025.
  • From 10 February, 2025 to 4 July, 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.
  • To work on an original research topic dealing with a necessary utopia.


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.