Procedure for appointing the new President of Sciences Po

Updated on 10/06/2021

The Institut d’études politiques (IEP) de Paris and the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP) are seeking to fill the vacant posts of Director and Administrator respectively. Both positions are held concurrently by one person. The term of office is five years, renewable twice.

The stages of the procedure

The procedure will follow the procedure set out in Decree No. 2016-24 of 18 January 2016 (FR), which concerns the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and the statutes annexed to Decree No. 2015-1829 of 29 December 2015, which approves the statutes of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FR).

This is a four-stage process:

1. The FNSP’s Board of Directors and the IEP’s Board of Directors have set up a proposal committee composed of 12 members: four from the FNSP Board, four from the IEP Board, and four qualified individuals. View the list of committee members.

2. A call for applications has been published in the Journal Officiel. After examining the applications and conducting interviews, the committee will compile a shortlist of one or more candidates. It will forward its proposal to the FNSP’s Board and the IEP’s Board.

3. The two Boards will interview the shortlisted candidate(s). Each Board will meet and vote to finalise its choice. In the event of a concordant vote by the two Boards, their choice will be communicated to the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. In the event that the vote is split, the steering committees of both Boards will meet jointly, discuss and vote again. If the Boards fail to reach agreement, a new call for applications will be launched.

4. When the two Boards reach agreement, the appointment of the President and the Administrator shall be the subject of a decree by the President of the Republic and an order by the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation respectively.

The timeline

  • 31 May 2021: Establishment of the proposal committee, which then starts work. 
  • 9 June 2021: Publication of the public call for candidates in the Journal Officiel.
  • 31 August  2021 at midnight: deadline for submission of applications.
  • 20 October 2021: Publication of the candidates selected by the committee.
  • 9 November 2021: Exceptional Board meeting of the IEP de Paris for post-interview voting on the candidate selection.
  • 10 November 2021: Exceptional Board meeting of the FNSP for post-interview voting on the candidate selection.
  • 10 November 2021: If the IEP’s Board and the FNSP’s Board agree on the candidate, the name will be communicated to the appropriate appointing authority.
  • By 20 November 2021: Decree appointing the President of the Institut d'études politiques de Paris and order appointing the Administrator of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques.

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The role and composition of the proposal committee

The mission of the proposal committee is to receive, verify, analyse and select the candidates proposed to the FNSP’s Board of Directors and the IEP’s Board of Directors.

The committee is composed of 12 members:

  • The Chair and Vice-Chairs of the FNSP’s Board of Directors;
  • The President and the Vice-Presidents of the IEP’s Board of Directors;
  • Four individuals external to the Boards and appointed by them, two per Board.

The Commission is chaired by the President of the FNSP’s Board and the President of the IEP’s Board.

List of Members

Steering committee of the FNSP’s Board of Directors

  • Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, Chair of the FNSP’s Board of Directors - Co-chair of the committee.
  • Laurence Parisot, Vice-Chair of the FNSP’s Board of Directors
  • Philippe Martin, Vice-Chair of the FNSP’s Board of Directors
  • Alexandre Mariani, Vice-Chair of the FNSP’s Board of Directors

Steering committee of the IEP’s Board of Directors

  • Jeanne Lazarus, President of the IEP's Board of Directors - Co-chair of the committee.
  • Simon Cordonnier, Vice-President of the IEP’s Board of Directors, staff representative
  • Pascale Eisenberger, Vice-President of the IEP’s Board of Directors, teaching representative
  • Raphaël Zaouati, Vice-President of the IEP’s Board of Directors, student representative

Qualified individuals designated by the FNSP’s Board of Directors

  • Isabelle Huault, President of the Executive Board of Emlyon Business School
  • Benoît Roger-Vasselin, Director of Human Resources at Publicis France

Qualified individuals designated by the IEP’s Board of Directors

  • Marion Guillou, agronomist, former Director General of the Insitut National de la Recherche Agronomique, and member of the High Council on Climate
  • Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, mathematician, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

Rapporteur: Antoine Marmier, First Advisor to the Administrative Court

Assistants: Sylvie Renault and Ismahane Gasmi

Updated 10/06/2021

The Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP) and the Institut d'études politiques (IEP) de Paris are seeking to fill vacancies for the posts of President of the FNSP and Director of the IEP. Both positions are held concurrently by one person. The public call for candidates was published in the Journal Officiel of the Republic on 9 June 2021 (FR).

Profile sought 

  • Experience of direction or leadership within an organisation, institution or body with an international dimension.
  • Ability to lead and unite varied teams and communities.
  • Knowledge of both the public and private sectors, in France and abroad.
  • Ability to develop a strategic vision and anticipate evolutions in the higher education and research sectors for the humanities and social sciences, with a strong sense of innovation.
  • High ethical and deontological standards and an exemplary record with regards to these.
  • Fluent French and English essential.

How to apply

Applications must be sent before midnight on 31 August by email to the Chair of the proposal committee at the following email address: commission.de.proposition@sciencespo.fr.

Applications must be written in French and include:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae.
  • A statement outlining the applicant’s plans and reasons for applying for the post, not exceeding ten pages. 
  • Any supporting documents confirming the applicant’s administrative or professional status.

Applications will remain confidential, except for the shortlisted candidates’ names when these are passed on to the Boards of the IEP de Paris and the FNSP.

> View the legal information on the processing of applicants’ personal data (FR, pdf, 64Ko)

Ethical provisions

In accordance with Article 2 of Decree No. 2016-1967 of 28 December 2016 (FR), as amended, on the obligation to submit a declaration of interests provided for in Article 25 ter of Law No. 83-634 of 13 July 1983 (FR) on the rights and obligations of civil servants, access to this post is subject to the submission of a declaration of interests prior to appointment. The form for the declaration of interests provided for in the circular of 4 December 2018 on the obligation to submit a declaration of interests for civil service positions can be downloaded: by clicking here. This form will be requested from the selected candidate prior to their appointment.

In addition, the successful candidate will be required to submit a declaration of assets to the HATVP (Haute Autorité pour la transparence de la vie publique) within two months of their appointment, which will be publicly available on the (HATVP) website.

Finally, for candidates who have occupied a post in the private sector within the last three years, a check will be carried out to determine the compatibility of this post with the duties to be performed at the FNSP and the IEP. This will be conducted prior to the candidate’s appointment in accordance with Article 25 octies of the aforementioned Law of 13 July 1983 (FR).

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Who can contribute

Contributions must be signed (anonymous contributions will not be accepted), must be sent from a sciencespo.fr address, and may come from:

  • Individuals who are members of staff or members of the academic community
  • Temporary teachers
  • Groups of employees and/or researchers (with the names of all the signatories)
  • Union representatives
  • Students (individually or through an association)
  • Alumni (individually or on behalf of the alumni association)

How to contribute

  • Contributions must be sent from an @sciencespo.fr email address
  • Contributions should be sent by email to contributions.direction@sciencespo.fr
  • Format: the document should be addressed to the future leadership of Sciences Po, in the form of a pdf document
  • Language: French, English, or both
  • The signatures of the author(s) must appear on the document
  • The rapporteur of the proposal committee will review the contributions
  • Upon receipt of the email, an acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the sender. The contribution will be published on the Sciences Po website within 72 hours of receipt, unless it contravenes the editorial charter
  • Contributions will be published in order of receipt
  • If a contribution is rejected, an email will be sent to the sender indicating the reasons for non-publication.

Editorial Charter

The contributions should address issues surrounding the new leadership of Sciences Po. They must not contain advertising or promotional material or messages that are racist or defamatory, be coarse, insulting, aggressive, violent or morally offensive, contravene public order or the applicable law in effect.

When to contribute

Between 21 June and 31 August 2021.

Legal information

Consult the legal information on the processing of personal data collected in the context of the contributions submitted to the new leadership.

Legal basis: Consent of contributors. Any submission implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of personal data processing specified in the legal information.

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