Each year, about 200 mathematicians and theoretical physicists from all over the world are selected to be invited for a visit at IHES for periods from a few days to one year or more in order to pursue their research project, collaborate with other researchers of the community and participate in the IHES activities.

The applications are examined twice a year by the IHES scientific council with the help of­ ­the CNRS-IHES Researchers and the holder of the Université de Cergy-Pontoise-IHES chair­ on the sole criterion of applicants’ scientific excellence

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.

Invited researchers

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

All applications should be submitted on line and include the following documents:
– Application form­ ­duly completed­
– Curriculum-vitæ
– Publication list
– Short research project

Next call for application: Autumn 2018


The joint programme CARMIN also offers to selected researchers in mathematics to combine a research visit at IHES with participation to one of the quaterly IHP thematic programmes for a duration of 6 months

Next call for applications in the joint programme CARMIN: Autumn 2018

CARMIN, presentation of the 2018-2019 IHES-IHP joint programme

Next selection

December 2018

Call for applications opens

Autumn 2018

Application submission deadline


Results communicated

end of January 2019


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 one or two years, starting from the following academic year.

Next call for applications: Autumn 2018

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

Some of these positions are funded thanks to IHES’ partnership with outside institutions or because they are part of a specific project (ERC, Simons Foundation, EPSRC, 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

Joint postdocs

The CARMIN Project enable selected postdocs to combine a research visit at IHES with participation to one of the quaterly IHP thematic programmes for a duration of 12 months.
Learn more about the CARMIN project 

The William Hodge Fellowships created in 2001­ in partnership with the E­ngineering and ­P­hys­ical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) offers two young researchers­ in mathematics or theoretical physics a postdoctoral position at IHES of one or two years.­
Learn more about the William Hodge Fellowship

Postdocs for a specific project:

ERC Starting Grant DiGGeS (Discrete Groups and Geometric Structures)
(PI : Fanny Kassel)

ERC Starting Grant QUASIFT (Quantum Algebraic Structures in Field Theories)
(PI : Vasily PESTUN)

L’ERC CriBLaM (Critical Behavior of Lattice Models)

Other postdocs

Several 1- to 2-year postdoctoral positions in mathematics, theoretical physics and biology will be offered at IHE­S­

non-specific postdoctoral applications



Next selection

december 2018

Call for applications opens

autumn 2018

Application submission deadline


Results communicated

by the end of January 2019

Summer school call for proposals

IHES has been organising 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 organisers to make suggestions to that end, which can be discussed after selection. IHES can also offer assistance in preparing funding submissions.

Proposals for the 2021 Summer School will be examined in June 2018 by the IHES scientific council.
Deadline for submission : 6 June 2018

We invite you to submit a proposal including:
– The name and contact details of the main organiser
– 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

Submit a proposal

Previous IHES summer schools

2017 – Spectral Properties of Large Random Objects
2016 – Nonlinear Waves
2015 – Moduli Problems in Symplectic Geometry
2014 – Théorie Analytique des Nombres

Next IHES summer school

2018 – Supersymmetric Localization and Exact Results



Submit a "Summer School" proposal

Next selection

june 2019 (for 2022)

Results communicated

end of july 2019