Research Fellowships

Yearly applications closed at the moment.


We welcome applications from researchers within a large range of disciplines in the social, behavioral and life sciences: anthropology, evolutionary biology, economics, genetics, history, law, mathematics, neuroscience, 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 preference may be given to candidates whose research interests are complementary to those of existing IAST researchers. These include, to cite only a few:

  • In history: quantitative economic history (cliometrics), empirical political economy in history, qualitative economic or social history; emergence and dynamics of institutions and networks.

  • In evolutionary 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, political economy, political institutions, development, experimental political science, studies of networks and their impact on individual and collective action.

  • In law: law and economics, corporate governance, criminology.

  • In psychology: cognition, beliefs, identity, memory, the emotions, culture, social trust, gender, group decision-making.

  • In sociology: network formation, the impact of networks on social outcomes, sociology of religion.

  • In genetics and neuroscience: mental state representation, personality, intelligence.

In 2021 we are also pleased to welcome applications for a special Research Fellowship, to be funded jointly with the SIRIUS Chair at the Université de Toulouse Capitole, on the theme of the law, economics and institutional management of the space sector, with special reference to the operation of satellites. Details of the Chair are available here ( Candidates will need to demonstrate an equivalent level of excellence and commitment to interdisciplinary research to that required for Research Fellowships in other fields. Prior knowledge of the space sector is not a requirement, but willingness to commit to learning about the sector is.To apply for this specific Research Fellowship, please select "other" in the list of disciplines (in the application form below), and write in the free text section "your discipline" in "SIRIUS Chair", for example: "Psychology in SIRIUS Chair". Please note that in that case, your application will be only considered for that position, not for the general Research Fellowhip competition.

Applications closed, for both Research Fellowship competitions (General + SIRIUS Chair). 

You will receive an email to confirm your application. Your referees will also receive automatic emails inviting them to upload their letters of recommendation (deadline 30th November).

Please don't apply twice. If you would like to check, add or change a document in your application, please send us an email. In that case, please specify when (date + time) you submitted your application.

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

Eligible applicants for 2021 must be active researchers who have or will have completed their PhD after December 2017 and before September 2021.

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 2017 or earlier; please explain your reasons in your cover letter.