Application procedure

The PAUSE program (National program for the urgent aid and reception of scientists in exile) launchs its sixth call for proposals. The call will end on September 25th. All the applicants will have an answer at the end of November.


Submission of applications


Eligibility criteria

The funding is intended to co-finance a hosting project for at risk scientists from abroad. Applicants from any country, academic field or discipline must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide evidence of their lecturer-researcher or researcher status (doctoral, post-doctoral or senior researcher) in any academic field;
  • Are currently at risk:
     – as a victim of persecution or violence due to their identity or beliefs;
     – as a victim of another form of threat (to be specified).
  • Whatever their current place of residence:
    – are forced to go into exile;
    – or have left their country of origin within the last three years

If the applicant does not meet all of the criteria, please direct any inquiries regarding particular situations to [email protected]

Funding levels

Funding awarded depends on the status and experience of the beneficiary and the existence of a social support program within the host institution:

  • Category 1 (doctoral student, research assistant), up to €20,000;
  • Category 2 (post-doctoral researcher, lecturer, research associate), up to €40,000;
  • Category 3 (university professor, research director), up to €60,000.

The co-funding grant will be paid to the host establishment on receipt of a copy of the researcher's contract and written confirmation of commencement of work.

Duration of financial support

Although there is no minimum duration for financial support from the PAUSE program, institutions are advised to submit plans for hosting the at-risk scientist for a minimum duration of six months.

Financial support received for a scientist covers a maximum period of one year. In exceptional circumstances it can be renewed once, subject to a decision by the program bodies after a new seleciton process, for which the institution must apply.

For students enrolled in the first year of their doctoral program, co-financing from PAUSE is conditional, dependant on the commitment of the host institution for a period of 3 years. PAUSE's financing of the student will be dispersed over the three-year period, on the basis of a maximum total amount of 40,000 euros. The grant will be paid in two stages. The granting of the second part of the funding is conditional, requiring a mid-term evaluation of the progress of the student's thesis work after 18 months.

The PAUSE Program Management Officewill request a summary report of the researcher’s feedback and an evaluation of their reception within the host institution at the halway stage, and again at the end of the project set out by the institution in the application.

Voluntary institutions

If your institution is willing to host a scientist at risk but you are not directly in contact with a researcher, we can connect you with one of the researchers who applied to the program. We invite you to consult their profiles  or on our website and then contact us at [email protected]

Preparation of applications

Applications are prepared by the host public higher education or public research institution.

Applications must include:

  • A completed, dated form signed by the director of the host institution (the form must be submitted as both a Word document and a PDF version);
  • A number of supporting documents:
    - Letter of engagement dated and signed by the director of the establishment undertaking to recruit a foreign at risk scientist for a specified term and to partly fund their stay.
    - Official approval from the defence and security officer of the institution
    - Provisional budget (see template attached)
    - Bank details of the institution sponsoring the applicant
    - Copy of the first two pages of the passport or identity document of the applicant being sponsored by the institution
    - Evidence of the beneficiary’s urgent circumstances
    - Applicant’s detailed CV
    - Personal account by the scientist of their circumstances/career
    - Statement of Purpose letter from the applicant
    - List of publications
    - Document confirming the applicant’s status as a lecturer-researcher or researcher (Doctoral student, post-doctoral researcher, senior researcher)
    - Summary of the scientific project which the applicant intends to pursue
    - Depending on the applicant’s circumstances, any other document confirming the administrative status of the candidate in France (visa, residence permit, receipt for an asylum request, proof of refugee status, subsidiary protection, etc.).

Evaluation and selection of applications

Applications are evaluated by a subset of the PAUSE program Patronage Committee, based on the following criteria:

  • The degree of urgency and threat;
  • The quality of the scientific application;
  • The terms and conditions for both personal and professional integration support.

The Executive Committee of the PAUSE program selects applications from those put forward by the Patronage Committee. Its decisions are final.

Organigramme PAUSE eng march 2018

Security and confidentiality

If there are any specific confidentially issues, a secure procedure can be put in place for email communications. Please contact the IT Director at Collège de France: [email protected]

Submission of applications and contact details

For further details:

Ph.: +33 1 44 27 18 63
[email protected]