Post-selection administrative procedures

Host institutions

When the applicant(s) has(have) been selected, institutions must:

  • sign an agreement with Collège de France, which manages the PAUSE program;
  • sign an agreement with the successful researcher.


  • If the beneficiary is in his/her country of origin or lives abroad, he/she must go to the nearest French consulate with the two above-mentioned documents to make a visa application. In an emergency, these documents can be sent directly to the consulate post by the PAUSE program. Successful applicants for the PAUSE program are advised to apply for a Talent passport visa as “researchers” including “family” if appropriate.
  • If the beneficiary is a resident in France, the host institution must apply to the relevant prefecture for a long-stay visa valid as a residency permit with the designation “scientist-researcher”.

The beneficiaries are supported throughout the process by their host organisations. The PAUSE program team is available to provide support with any administrative issues.

The PAUSE program is organized by Collège de France, a public scientific, cultural and professional institution, constituted as a major institution under the terms of article L.717-1 of the education code, cannot act as guarantor for successful applicants’ accommodation.

Useful websites for supporting foreign/mobile researchers with social and administrative procedures: