Call for postdoctoral fellowships: A New Climate for Social Sciences

Call for postdoctoral fellowships: A New Climate for Social Sciences

Sciences Po Postdoctoral Research Programme on the Environment - Fonds Bruno Latour
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Sciences Po is launching a call for applications for 10 postdoctoral fellowships as part of the Bruno Latour Fund, a postdoctoral research program on environmental and climate transformations.

Ambitious in its scope, this scientific program aims to host at Sciences Po, on the Paris campus, young social scientists wishing to build a collective and multidisciplinary initiative on how ecological and climate crises are reshaping the contemporary economic, social, legal and political order, and how they invite us to reconsider our history.

These 10 postdoctoral contracts, lasting 36 months, will be filled in two recruitment waves: - 4 fellowships, Autumn 2022, to start from March 1st, 2023: applications to be sent no later than December 1st, 2022. - 6 fellowships, Spring 2023, for a start in autumn 2023 - schedule to be confirmed.

The remuneration is 3.400 € gross per month. Successful candidates will be assigned to one of Sciences Po's research centers (see list below), according to their wishes and with the agreement of the center. They will thus benefit from its working environment. Each candidate will receive a personal research fund of 5,000 euros for the duration of his/her contract.

All those who hold a doctorate on the date of application1 and who have defended their thesis within the four preceding years are eligible.

Sciences Po relies on a robust expertise on the environment, anchored in criteria of academic excellence, pluralism and critical analysis. Through their research, postdoctoral fellows will deepen and renew existing initiatives within Sciences Po2 research centers and outreach programs developed in partnership with Université Paris Cité3. They will contribute to the structuring of an interdisciplinary environmental research workshop (AIRE) group.

Sciences Po is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring a balanced representation of gender, geographical areas and minorities. Applications from women are particularly welcome. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their scientific merit, their ability to mobilize trans-disciplinary interest, and their dynamic involvement in Sciences Po's research centers.


Successful candidates undertake, for the duration of their contract: -
Research: to conduct their research program submitted, to participate in the scientific activities of their home laboratory and in those of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Workshop (AIRE).
Teaching: to give at least one course per year (24 hours) at Sciences Po (on one of the seven campuses, in French or in English, with content to be defined in coordination with the departments) - Promotion: to write a working paper for the attention of the contributors of the Latour Fund and the general public.


The chair of the selection committee is Pierre Charbonnier (Center of european Studies), with Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier (Center for the Sociology of the Organisations), Jérôme Gaillardet (Paris Institut for Earth Physics), Charlotte Halpern (Center of european Studies), Giacomo Parrinello (Center of History), Alain Pottage (Law School), Lucas Chancel (Paris School of Economics), Sandrine Revet (Center for International Studies), and a colleague from a university outside of France.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their research work to the Sciences Po academic community at the end of January or early February 2023.. This presentation will be followed by an exchange with the selection committee.

Applications to be sent no later than December 1st, 2022 at


- A resume, including teaching experience and publications -
- A research proposal (5 pages max.) describing the issues, methods and objects of investigation, as well as a timeline and academic publication goals.
- The thesis and a significant article or book chapter
- The names of two academic referees


President of the selection committee: Pierre Charbonnier (CNRS, Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée, Sciences Po)
Administrative contact:

Research centres at Sciences Po that could host postdoctoral fellows:

- The Centre for European studies and comparative politics (CEE)
- The Centre for international studies (CERI)
- The Centre for political research (CEVIPOF)
- The Sciences Po Center for History
- The Centre for the sociology of organizations (CSO) 
- The Department of Economics
- The Law school’s research centre
- The médialab
- Centre for research on social inequalities (CRIS)
- The French Economic Observatory (OFCE)

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