Application and Residency Conditions

Program designed and coordinated by Gabriella Crocco, epistemologist, Professor at AMU.

The Interdisciplinary Explorations program focuses on all issues related to the theory and practice of interdisciplinarity in research and university teaching. The projects of the Iméra residents collaborating in this program can involve all disciplines and must have an interdisciplinary dimension.

Priority will be given to researchers who have produced innovative and original results in their own field, while developing a reflection on the theoretical debate and the research programs that structure it, and on how other disciplines can shed light on and guide it.

Intersectoral interdisciplinarities will be favored, namely the interactions between disciplines belonging to at least two of the following research domains:

  • Exact sciences (mathematics, logic, and computer science).
  • Natural sciences (physics, biology, chemistry…).
  • Humanities and social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, history…).
  • Health sciences (medicine, neuroscience, psychiatry…).
  • Humanities (literature, arts, philosophy…).

The program is divided into three components. 1) Interdisciplinarity: the challenge of an unstable balance, 2) Interdisciplinarity laboratories: nomadic concepts and analysis of practices, 3) Cognitive perspectives: a complex dialogue. These three components are associated, for the current year, with three seminars: the Inter-Disciplines seminar, the Nomadic Concepts seminar: complexity and networks, the Mental Health seminar.

Projects that can be integrated into these research axes will be given priority.


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.

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.