Hosting a scientist in exile

Application procedures

The PAUSE program (National program for the urgent aid and reception of scientists in exile) has launched a new call for applications. The deadline for submission of applications is the 6th of May 2019.


Applications are to be submitted by public research organisations and public academic institutions under the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and/or the Ministry of Culture, as well as by Private Higher Education Institutions of General Interest (EESPIG).

The results will be announced in July 2019.

Submission of applications

Eligibility criteria

Academic institutions under the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation & Private Higher Education Institutions of General Interest (EESPIG)

This funding is intended to co-finance a hosting project for one foreign scientist from any geographical location or scientific discipline, fulfilling all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • To be able to prove his/her status as an academic or researcher or to be at least register as a doctoral student (in his/her country of origin or in France);
  • Being in an emergency situation:
    – persecuted or abused because of the contents of his/her research, the free expression of his/her opinions, his/her identity, beliefs or sexual orientation, etc.
    – victim of another type of threat (to be specified);
  • Regardless of the present place of residency:
    – being forced into exile from his/her country of origin;
    – or being in France within less than 3 years.

Academic institutions under the Ministry of Culture

The researcher must:

  • have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience
  • be in an urgent situation:
    – persecuted or abused because of the contents of his/her research, the free expression of his/her opinions, his/her identity, beliefs or sexual orientation, etc.
    – victim of another type of threat (to be specified);
  • Regardless of the present place of residency:
    – be forced to exile from his/her country of origin;
    – or being in France within less than 3 years.

If all of the criteria are not met, we invite you to contact us by email at the following address to inform us of your situation: pause@college-de-france.fr

Amount of funding

The amount of funding awarded varies according to the status and experience of the beneficiary as well as the existence of a social support system provided by the host institution:

  • Category 1 (doctoral student, research assistant), up to 20,000 euros;
  • Category 2 (post-doc, lecturer, research engineer), up to 40,000 euros;
  • Category 3 (university professor, research director), up to 60,000 euros.

The co-financing grant awarded by PAUSE is capped at 60% of the total budget presented by the host institution. Co-financing of up to 80% of a project's budget may be possible for institutions submitting several applications per call, as well as on a case-by-case basis depending on the particular situation of the researchers and/or of the institutions.

Duration of financial support

The financial support received to host a candidate covers a maximum period of one year. It may be renewed once, following a re-evaluation process, based on the progress of the work and the scientific results.

Special cases: PhD students enrolled in their first doctoral year at the time of their first applications will be able to receive co-financing for a third year, in order to complete their doctorates, after evaluation of their scientific results.

Where appropriate, the assessment of the application will be based on the progress of the work and conclusions of the thesis supervisory committee of the host institutions.

The executive management team of the PAUSE program will request that the laureate and the host institution complete a summary report of feedback and assessment of the placement at the end of the hosting project.

Voluntary participation of institutions

If your institution wishes to volunteer to host an at-risk scientist but you are not in direct contact with a researcher, we can connect you with one of the researchers who have applied directly to the program.

The profiles of these researchers are available on the application platform or on our website.

If you are interested in one of the profiles and/or if you wish to become a volunteer, please contact the PAUSE team directly at pause@college-de-france.fr

Preparation of applications

The application file is to be prepared and submitted by the host institution.

It consists of a form to be completed on the platform for submitting applications, which is available via this link. 

The forms can also be downloaded in Word format via these links:

The form must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

For initial requests:

1- Letter of commencement dated and signed by the head of the institution undertaking to recruit an endangered foreign scientist and to partially finance his/her reception

2 - Bank details (RIB) of the institution holding the application file

3 - Signed agreement of the officer if the institution in charge of security and defense (this is a required document but a delay can be granted if necessary)

4 - Projected budget, to be created by using the following template

5 - Copy of the first two pages of the passport or, if the passport is unavailable, of the candidates identity documents

6 - Depending on the situation of the candidate, any document justifying his administrative status in France (visa, residency permit, receipt attesting to an asylum application, or recognition of refugee status, subsidiary protection, etc.)

7 - Letter from the director of the laboratory that will host the scientist

8 - For doctoral students, letter from the thesis director

9 - Detailed CV and list of the candidate's publications

10 - Document justifying the status of academic or researcher (doctoral student, postdoctoral fellow, experienced researcher, lecturer, professor, research director...)

11 - Personal testimonial of the candidate relating to his situation and his career

12 - Where applicable, all documents attesting to the urgency of the candidate's situation

For of renewal applications:

1 - Letter of commencement dated and signed by the head of the school undertaking to recruit the researcher, for a specified duration, and to partially finance his/her reception

2 - Signed agreement of the officer if the institution in charge of security and defense (this is a required document but a delay can be granted if necessary)

3 - Bank details (RIB) of the institution holding the application file

4 - Projected budget, to be created by using the following template

5 - Copy of the first two pages of the passport or, if the passport is unavailable, of the candidates identity documents

6 - Depending on the situation of the candidate, any document proving his administrative status in France (visa, residency permit, receipt attesting to an asylum application, or recognition of refugee status, subsidiary protection, etc.).

7 - Letter from the director of the host laboratory detailing his assessment of the insertion and involvement of the candidate as well as the progress of his research work after the first year of PAUSE support. This document is an essential part of the evaluation process for the application.

8 - For doctoral students, a letter from the thesis supervisor stating his/her approval of the placement and integration of the candidate as well as the progress of his thesis.

9 - Detailed CV and list of the candidate's publications.

10 - Letter of motivation from the candidate regarding the renewal of the support by PAUSE.

11 - Form of assessment of the reception of the scientist to be completed by the institution, which is downloadable in word format via this link

Due to the sensitive nature of these files, the documents identifying the researcher must be neutralized (Exhibits 5 and 6). For that, we thank you to add to these documents the mention "specimen" in watermark.

Assessment and selection of applications

The files are evaluated by a subset of the PAUSE program's Patronage Committee on the basis of the following criteria:

  • the level of urgency and threat;
  • the scientific quality of the application;
  • the terms of the support plan for the candidate's social and professional integration.

The PAUSE Steering Committee selects applications based on the Patronage Committee's proposals. It is sovereign in its decisions.

Organigramme PAUSE eng march 2018

Security and confidentiality

In the event of a particular confidentiality constraint, a secure procedure can be set up to enable email exchanges: Contact the IT Manager at Collège de France: jean-francois.barbe@college-de-france.fr

Applications must be submitted via the secure platform. Please note that applications submitted via email will not be processed.

For further information:

Phone: +33 1 44 27 18 63

pause@college-de-france.fr

@Programme_PAUSE