Research Fellowship


The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST), France, invites applications for Research Fellowships,  from 1st September 2017:

We welcome applications from researchers within a large range of disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences: anthropologybiologyhistorylawphilosophypolitical sciencepsychology and sociology, though motivated applications from outside these disciplines will be given full consideration. Applications from economists are also encouraged, but successful applicants will have demonstrated an interest in, and a commitment to, at least one of the other non-economics disciplines of the 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 and anthropology: theoretical models of evolution, the family, sexual selection, evolution of cognition.
  • In political science: public opinion and public policies, comparative studies of democratic institutions, democratization in developing countries, 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 applicants

Active researchers who have or will have completed their PhD after January 2014 and before September 2017. The 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 2013 or earlier; please explain your reasons in your cover letter.


Fellows are provided with office space, computer facilities and a contract for two years, renewable for a third year.


Deadline to apply: 31st December 2016


This call for applications is now closed.

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