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PAUSE program – Call for applications

The PAUSE program (national program for the urgent aid and reception for scientists in exile) awards stimulus funding to higher education establishments and public research organizations to host scientists at risk, and supports their activities.

Applications deadline April 29, 2018.

Eligibility criteria

The funding is intended to co-finance a hosting project for scientists at risk 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)
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 the criteria, please direct any inquiries regarding particular situations to pause@college-de-france.fr

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

Consult the researchers profiles.

Amount of funding

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 institution on receipt of a copy of the researcher’s contract and written confirmation of commencement of work. 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 selection process, for which the institution must apply.

Application procedure and platform

Applications are submitted by the host institutions, not by the researchers. The application procedure is indicated on the PAUSE website.

Consult the application procedure.

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.
    Results will be announced at the beginning of July 2018.

Applications must be submitted by host institutions on a secure platform accesible via the following link. We thank you to take note that no application sent by email will be examined.

Applications submission platform.