Governing bodies: who does what
Sciences Po has a dual governance model based on two bodies: the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP), a private foundation, and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP), a public higher education institution.
In 2022, lecturers and temporary teaching staff are invited to elect new representatives to the IEP Board of Directors and to the Student Life and Education Committee.
More about the elections
The Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP) is responsible for the strategic direction and administrative and financial management of Sciences Po. It is administered by a board of directors.
The role of the Institut d’études politiques (IEP) involves teaching, research and library services, like all international research universities. Its governing bodies are:
- The Institute’s Board of Directors, which administers the IEP
- The Student Life and Education Committee, which has a decision-making role with regard to student life matters and advises on educational matters. It has jurisdiction in disciplinary matters.
- The Academic Board is consulted on all matters regarding academic policy, research and doctoral training, academic evaluation procedures and links between teaching and research. It is also consulted on the institution’s recruitment policy for faculty and on common principles concerning faculty career development.
The Executive Committee is the institution’s operational steering committee. It brings together the directors of Sciences Po’s various divisions and offices under the authority of the president. The Executive Committee implements the strategic direction and makes operational decisions on running and managing the institution. See the list of members and the Sciences Po organisational chart.
Sciences Po's resources have grown threefold over the past 15 years, from €55 million in 2000 to €128 million in 2010 to €197 million in 2018.
The French government’s support for the institution, in the form of structural public subsidies, has never waned. The amount of these grants has virtually doubled: from €36 million in 2000 to €63.6 million in 2010 and €69.3 million in 2018. At the same time, growth in the institution's own resources has led to a gradual decline in the relative share of public funds in Sciences Po's overall budget. This figure has decreased by more than one-third, from 66% in 2000 to 50% in 2010 and approximately 35% in 2018.
Indeed, Sciences Po's own resources have grown significantly. They have been multiplied by six: from €18.3 million in 2000, to €62.8 million in 2010, and reaching €127.2 million in 2018. These resources now account for a majority of the budget: 33% in 2000, 49% in 2010 and 60% in 2018.
Sciences Po's expenses amounted to €54.7 million in 2000, €127 million in 2010, and then €192.3 million in 2018. This growth accounts for a 7.2% annual increase.
The institution also has a longstanding commitment to providing financial aid, with an annual increase of 11.9% for this budget item since 2000. In 2018, Sciences Po dedicated an overall financial aid budget of €11.1 million.
The Role of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques' (FNSP) Board of Directors
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The FNSP Board of Directors has 25 members.
To effectively play its strategic oversight role, the board’s composition is modelled on the boards of trustees of many foreign institutions, ensuring the requisite independent views are obtained with a majority of outside members.
Following the reform of the statutes in 2016, the board is now open to Sciences Po students, permanent faculty and teaching associates. Two government representatives also sit on the Board.
Composition of the Board of Directors
The FNSP Board of Directors is made up of:
- The vice president of the Conseil d’État
- The chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors (IEP de Paris) and the chair of the board of directors of the Institute’s alumni association
- A professor from Collège de France
- Three FNSP staff representatives, including an elected management representative (non-faculty), an elected non-management representative and the secretary of the works council
- Three faculty representatives under permanent contract with the FNSP, the IEP de Paris or the research units of which the IEP is a part
- An elected teaching associate/adjunct representative from the IEP de Paris
- Two elected student representatives from the IEP de Paris
- A staff union representative and an employers’ union representative
- Ten representatives from academia, public affairs, business or the non-profit sector, or major donors to the FNSP.
View the list of current members (FR, PDF 830 Ko) , information on the elections procedure and the minutes and records of decisions.
The Institute’s Board of Directors
The Institute’s Board of Directors has 31 members. As well as students and staff, it brings together representatives of the permanent faculty and academics from outside Sciences Po, reflecting the central role of academics in the life of the institution and its research ambitions. Sciences Po’s leading partners (Paris City Council, local authority representatives from the regional campuses, USPC university grouping, CNRS) are also represented.
22 elected members:
- Three full professors or equivalent and one lecturer or equivalent who teach or conduct research at the IEP de Paris or in one of the research units in which the Institute takes part;
- Five teaching associate/adjunct representatives;
- One doctoral student representative;
- Eight other student representatives;
- Four non-faculty staff representatives from the FNSP, IEP de Paris or the research units of which the IEP is a part;
Five ex officio members:
- the chair of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques
- the chair of the Academic Board
- the President of the university grouping to which the IEP belongs, or his/her representative
- the mayor of Paris or his/her representative from the Paris City Council
- the president of the French National Center for Scientific Research, or his/her representative
Five outside members appointed by the other members of the Institute’s Board of Directors:
- The president of a French or foreign higher education and/or research institution or his/her representative
- The chairperson of the local or regional council where a regional campus is located or a member of that council, or his/her representative
- Three members proposed by the president of the IEP de Paris, from academia, public affairs, business and/or the non-profit sector.
The elected members of the Institute’s Board of Directors were renewed in the March 2016 election. View the list of current members, the minutes and statements of decisions (FR).
Student Life and Education Committee
The committee has 18 members:
- Three full professors or equivalent who teach or conduct research at the IEP de Paris or in one of the research units in which the Institute takes part
- One lecturer or equivalent who teaches or conducts research at the IEP de Paris or in one of the research units in which the Institute takes part
- Four teaching associate/adjunct representatives
- Eight student representatives
- Two non-faculty staff representatives from the FNSP, IEP de Paris or the research units of which the IEP is a part.
The elected members of the Student Life & Education Committee (formerly the Joint Committee) were renewed in the March 2016 election. View the list of current members of the Student Life & Education Committee, the minutes and statements of decisions (FR).
In plenary sessions, the Academic Board has a maximum of thirty-nine members.
It has twenty ex officio members:
- the president of the IEP de Paris
- the vice president for research
- the vice president for studies and academic affairs
- the dean of the Doctoral School
- the directors of all eleven research units
- the president of OFCE and another representative appointed in accordance with OFCE procedures
- the director of one of the cross-cutting research programmes (MaxPo or LIEPP)
- the head of each academic department who is not also the director of a research unit
The Academic Board also has nineteen elected members, including a post-doctoral research assistant, three doctoral students and:
- ten members of the college of professors
- five members of the college of lecturers
The Academic Board subcommittee includes board members with the status of professor or equivalent and lecturer or equivalent. You can see the current list of members of the Academic Board and minutes here (FR).
The Deontology Commission
The Sciences Po Deontology Commission is a statutory body common to the National Foundation of Political Science (FNSP) and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP de Paris). Placed under the authority of the administrator of the FNSP and the director of the IEP, it was established in application of the decree of 29 December 2015 on the FNSP and the decree of 18 January 2016 on the Paris IEP.
The Deontology Working Group
In February 2021, Sciences Po set up a working group dedicated to strengthening the institution’s deontological mechanisms. Chaired by Catherine de Salins, Deputy President of the Administration Section of the Council of State, its mission is to evaluate our existing systems and to make any necessary recommendations to strengthen our actions in the area of deontology. Learn more
It may be consulted on any question relating to the respect of the deontological principles related to any position within the Foundation or the Institute, in particular regarding impartiality, probity, dignity, neutrality, secularism and the prevention of conflicts of interest. The Deontology Commission relies on a single charter adopted by the FNSP and the Institute's Boards of Directors (pdf, 150 Kb).
The current members of the Commission are:
- Horatia Muir Watt, appointed by the FNSP Board of Directors
- Emeric Henry, appointed by the IEP Board of Directors
- Yann Aguila, independent figure appointed by the President of the IEP and the Administrator of the FNSP
The Deontology Commission may be seized, with regard to the Foundation, by :
- The President and the Administrator of the FNSP ;
- The Director of the IEP;
- At least one third of the members of the FNSP Board of Directors;
- Office holders at the FNSP or the IEP for any deontological issue that concerns them personally.
The Commission can also take up any deontological issue, whether general or individual. In this case, it shall inform the President and the Administrator of the FNSP or, as the case may be, the President of the IEP, and when necessary the person concerned.