Europe and International schemes

Changed on 25/05/2021

Appealing to the best scientists, from all backgrounds, remains a core principle in the Institute's policy. Inria operates several different schemes to encourage European and international exchanges

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Inria International Chairs programme

The Institute recruits experienced researchers for long periods - 10 to 12 months which can be spread over a period of five years. Come and set up or reinforce an existing collaboration with the Inria teams in your field!

Timetable 2021/2022:

  • 15 September 2021 at the latest: deadline for submitting the application to the Director of the Inria Research Center of the host team
  • 30 September 2021 at the latest: transmission of applications to the International Relations Department by the Director of the Inria Research Center of the host team
  • December 2021: Review of 2022 Chairs applications by the Chairs Committee
  • Mid-January 2022: Notification of the awarded Inria International Chairs 2022

Contact: Tania Castro

Phone: +33 1 39 63 55 13


Marie Skłodowska Curie European grants

Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCAs) provide support for researcher training and career development, placing the emphasis on their capacity for innovation.

The programme, which operates under the auspices of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, provides funding for transnational and intersectoral mobility, with a view to fostering excellence in research in all fields. MSCA grants are available to all researchers, at any stage of their career, from PhD students to senior researchers.

One type of MSCA programme is the European Individual Fellowship, which aims to attract and retain the best experienced researchers working in research in Europe with the aim of boosting their creative and innovative potential whilst diversifying their individual skills.

The fellowships take the form of individual grants awarded by the European Commission.

Contact: Zoila Rosa Bernal-Carrera

Phone: +33 4 76 61 55 38


The aim of the Internships programme is to strengthen Inria's scientific collaborations by taking excellent talents and providing them with research-based training. Under the scheme, foreign students can spend a period of several months with one of the Inria project teams and receive financial support (a grant) to cover their living expenses during their stay in France.

The Internships programme also encompasses a single recruitment channel, a targeted call for applications open during the year, to support existing collaborations and in particular those subject to agreements signed by Inria with its partners abroad.

Internships may last 2 to 4 months for a undergraduate final year project or 3 to 6 months for a research period undertaken as part of a master's or PhD.

Contact: Julie Pomponne

Phone: +33 1 39 63 52 38

Specific agreements

Inria has signed a number of specific agreements with prestigious higher education and research institutions in several countries in South America, Chile in particular, as well as the United States and Canada, which enable it to host foreign students within its project teams and to organise exchange programmes.

Contact: Julie Pomponne

Phone: +33 1 39 63 52 38


HR-Excellence in Research

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In May 2019, the European Union awarded Inria the "HR Excellence in Research" label, underlining the relevance of its strategy and the associated HRS4R action plan.