Research Fellowships

IAST is now evaluating applications for an entry in 2018.
Applications for 2019 entry will open in the fall 2018.
We welcome applications from researchers within a large range of disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences: anthropology, biology, economics, history, law, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology, however, motivated applications from outside these disciplines will be given full consideration.
Successful applicants will have to demonstrate an interest in, and a commitment to, at least one of the other disciplines of IAST.
We seek candidates with a strong research background in their own discipline, but willing and able to develop research projects drawing on IAST’s substantial interdisciplinary resources, including particularly the proximity of strong groups in economics (Toulouse School of Economics, TSE).
We are open to a variety of research methods, including theory, field and laboratory experiments, observational field work, and the analysis of large secondary data sets.
All research interests relevant to the broad study of human behavior are welcome, but interests close to those already developed at IAST will be given special consideration, including, to cite only a few:
  • In history: quantitative economic history (cliometrics), empirical political economy in history, qualitative economic or social history.
  • In biology: theoretical models of evolution (applied to family structure, strategic interactions, plasticity, cognition, learning, cultural evolution); related empirical work.
  • In anthropology: human biology, life history theory, human development and plasticity, health and infectious disease, aging, demography, host-parasite co-evolution, diet and nutrition, global health, evolutionary medicine and genetics.
  • In political science: public opinion and public policies, comparative studies of democratic institutions, democracy and development, experimental political science, studies of networks and their impact of individual and collective action.
  • In law: law and economics, corporate governance, criminology.
  • In psychology: cognition, the emotions, social trust, gender, group decision-making.
  • In sociology: network formation, the impact of networks on social outcomes, sociology of religion.

Eligible applications for 2019 must be active researchers who have or will have completed their PhD after January 2016 and before September 2019.

IAST offers candidates an opportunity to devote themselves full time to their research at the start of their careers.

Motivated applications will be considered from candidates whose PhDs were completed in 2015 or earlier; please explain your reasons in your cover letter.

  • Online application are now closed
  • Application deadline for an entry in 2019: 31st December 2018
  • Please email: with any questions (please visit our FAQ first). 
  • Fellows are provided with office space, computer facilities and a contract for two years, renewable for a third year.