IHES - Applications

Each year, after examination of their applications, about 200 mathematicians and theoretical physicists from all over the world are selected by the scientific council and invited to come to IHES to pursue their research project, collaborate with other researchers from the community and participate in the Institute’s activities.

This selection is made twice a year on the sole criterion of excellence and by close collaboration with ­the CNRS-IHES Research Directors and the holder of the Université de Cergy-Pontoise-IHES chair­.

All applications are examined in June and December by the scientific council except post-doctoral and CARMIN programme applications which are examined only in December and the summer school proposals which are examined only in June.

Non-discrimination policy: IHES policy is that no person shall be discriminated against on account of race, religion, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnical origin.

Invited researchers

Specific cases set aside, the IHES general invitation programme offers invited researchers a per diem, office space and free accommodation in the Institute's residence, as well as free access to the cafeteria for lunch from Monday to Friday.

All applications should be submitted on line and include the following documents:
– Application form­ ­duly completed­
– Curriculum-vitæ
– Publication list
– Short research project
– Recommendation letters (not required for Senior researchers)


The CARMIN  Programme

The CARMIN  Programme offers the possibility to apply to a 6 month position combining a research visit at IHES with a participation to one of the quarterly IHP thematic programs.

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Logo Simons FoundationWelcoming researchers from African countries

Thanks to the support of the Simons Foundation, IHES funds the traveling and the visiting costs of researchers coming from Africa and selected by the Scientific Council.

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Next selection

December 2023

Call for applications opens

July 2023

Application submission deadline

26 November 2023

Results communicated

January 2024 at the latest


The IHES Scientific Council selects a number of applicants for postdoctoral research visits in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical biology at its December meeting each year. Selected postdocs will be invited for two years, with a possible extension of one year, starting from the following academic year.

Next selection: December 2023

Selected applicants will be welcomed to IHES as members of the Postdoctoral Institute.

These positions are funded thanks to IHES’ partnership with outside institutions or because they are part of a specific project (HUAWEI, SIMONS Foundation, CARMIN, …).

All applications must be completed online and include the following:
– duly completed application form
– curriculum-vitae
– list of publications
– research summary
– 2 to 3 letters of recommendation

Postdoctoral positions funded by specific programmes

The Huawei Young Talents Programme
Presentation of the positions funded by the Huawei Young Talents Programme (3 positions: 2 in Mathematics, 1 in Physics)

Positions financed by the Simons Foundation
Presentation of the positions funded by the Simons Foundation  (3 positions: 2 in Mathematics, 1 in Physics)

The CARMIN programme
Presentation of the positions funded by the CARMIN programme (1 position)


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Next selection

December 2022

Call for applications opens

Autumn 2022

Application submission deadline

November 29, 2022

Results communicated

end of January 2023

Summer school call for proposals

IHES has been organizing summer schools since 2006 to provide a hundred or so PhD students, postdocs and young researchers an overview of the latest developments in key areas of mathematics and theoretical physics.

Each year in the Spring and for a selection in June, IHES is calling for proposals for future summer schools to be held over two weeks. Their theme may relate to any discipline in mathematics or theoretical physics.

Hosting a summer school each year is an important element of the Institute’s scientific policy and IHES allocates significant financial resources to it. Securing additional funding is, however, decisive and the Institute encourages future organizers to make suggestions to that end, which can be discussed after selection. IHES can also offer assistance in preparing funding submissions.

We invite you to submit a proposal including:
– The name and contact details of the main organizer
– The summer school’s theme
– The proposed title
– The dates chosen (two two-week periods are offered)
– A brief description of the project, its aims and proposed format (number of lectures etc.)
– The list of organisation committee members
– The list of scientific committee members
– The list of proposed speakers
– Confirmed and/or proposed funding
– Any additional comments

The call is now closed. Next call for proposals: April 2024

Previous IHES summer schools

2022 – Recent Advances in Algebraic K-theory
2021 – Enumerative Geometry, Physics and Representation Theory
2020 – Motivic, Equivariant and Non-commutative Homotopy Theory
2019 – Aspects of Geometric Group Theory
2018 – Supersymmetric Localization and Exact Results
2017 – Spectral Properties of Large Random Objects
2016 – Nonlinear Waves
2015 – Moduli Problems in Symplectic Geometry
2014 – Théorie Analytique des Nombres



Submit a "Summer School" proposal

Next selection

June 2024 (for 2026)

Results communicated

end of June 2024