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Conditions for Residencies

Each academic year, the Collegium de Lyon invites approximately 15 outstanding researchers, most of whom hold a position abroad, selected by an international Scientific Advisory Board.

 As a rule stays at the Collegium de Lyon, run for ten months from September to June. Five-month residencies, from September to February or from February to June, may also be accepted. However, such shorter stays are not the norm, as they are often too short to allow researchers to fully integrate to the cohort at the Institute and the academic community of the Université de Lyon. Stays outside this frame or spanning several academic years are excluded, both for academic and logistical reasons: the site is closed during summer, other types of stay would interfere with planning scientific activities, and concerns about the occupancy of the residence.

Fellows enjoy a dedicated residence situated on the Descartes campus of the ENS de Lyon and share office spaces in the residence. Fellows appreciate easy access to the large scientific infrastructure of the Université de Lyon and the wide range of cultural resources available in the Lyon metropolitan area.

Academic Life

Fellows are relieved of their usual teaching or administrative duties at their home institution, so they are free to pursue their fundamental research full-time and participate in the scientific activities of the Collegium de Lyon.

The Collegium de Lyon offers each fellow a workspace with the equipment and supplies they require. In order to develop exchanges between each cohort of fellows, they are expected to make regular use of this workspace. As a general rule, fellows are expected to spend around 90% of their time in Lyon, so that they may participate regularly in the social and scientific life of the Institute.

The Collegium de Lyon does not fund research expenses (travel, participation in scientific events, etc.) outside the Lyon/Saint-Etienne academic site.

A weekly seminar, followed by a shared lunch, provides each fellow with the possibility to present their research project and progress. Regular evening gatherings are organized for their families and scientific partners.

Fellows’ scientific integration to the research teams of the academic site is facilitated by a scientific partner who works on a related topic in a laboratory of the academic site. This person is selected before the beginning of the stay, in coordination with the fellow.


Fellows are hosted in a dedicated luxury residence located on the Descartes campus of the ENS de Lyon (close to the Debourg metro and tramway stations). They have access to the gardens and sport facilities.

The residence includes fourteen apartments with one to three bedrooms. These apartments are fully furnished and equipped, with Internet connection and allocated to residents for the period of their stay.
The apartments are allocated taking into account the duration of the stay and the composition of the family accompanying the researchers for the duration of their stay.
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The Collegium de Lyon fellows remain employed by their home institution and do not sign a work employment contract with the Institute. They are usually on sabbatical. It is the fellow's responsibility to request that their home institution maintain their full or partial salary. Being selected for the Collegium de Lyon does not create a hierarchical, employer-employee relation. The intellectual property of the research done by the fellow remains fully in their possession and in that of their home institution.

As far as possible, the Collegium de Lyon provides additional allowances in a non-negotiable lump sum, intended to cover the additional costs of a stay abroad. It also helps financing the researcher's scientific activity (travel, registration fees for scientific events, purchases of books or software, etc.).

A lump sum covers the return ticket from the fellow's home institution to Lyon, as well as related costs (visa, luggages).
The fellow is provided with free accommodation in the dedicated residence (depending on availability and the size of the fellow's family). The Institute can provide fellows with the relevant information to help them highlight these advantages when negotiating with their home institution.

The Collegium de Lyon does not cover insurance costs, which must be paid by the fellow.

Administrative Support

A dedicated Collegium de Lyon assistant is available to direct the fellows in their administrative procedures:

  • Information on children education (an international school is located near the residence);
  • French language classes (FLE);
  • Possible association of partners who are researchers with a local laboratory;
  • Help with the organization of scientific events.


Fellows live on the ENS de Lyon campus and have access to its library. They may also use its electronic resources. They may borrow the publications available in the Denis Diderot library, or they can order additional publications using the interlibrary scheme (PEB).