Regional programs


For postdoctoral researchers and associate-, assistant-, and full-professors in the hard and social sciences as well as the humanities (see "Preferred specializations" below).

2-4 grants awarded

Up to 12 months in the Hauts-de-France region for traditional grant

Starting date : any time after September 2021


Situated at the heart of the "Golden Triangle" of London, Paris and Brussels, the Hauts-de-France region (a result of the merger of the Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardie regions) boasts a long-standing tradition in research. Take, for example, Louis Pasteur, who in 1856 was the first dean of the Faculty of Sciences in Lille. The Region is now committed in the Third Industrial Revolution named REV3 (Circular economy, Energy, Additive Manufacturing, Smart cities).

Engineering, life sciences, humanities, social sciences and multidisciplinary research centers in Hauts-de-France have a national and international reputation. Proof of the enduring commitment to research in the region includes the rapid development of a multitude of fields, available facilities and the number of important publications and honors awarded to its many scholars and laboratories.

With the development of priority fields such as ground transportation, production and communications, engineering, biology & health sciences, food processing industries, energy, and microelectronics, the Hauts-de-France region offers a wide variety of research opportunities.

Helpful links:

• Participating institutions in the Université de Lille consortium
• Priority research areas
• Participating institutions in the Picardie Universités association

The region's universities and research centers include:


Check out an interview with Anuj Srivastava, Fulbright-Nord Pas de Calais 2014-2015, on his Fulbright experience in Lille in Amstat News.

"I had a fantastic time in France, both professionally and personally. Professionally, I used this period to develop a significant collaboration with my colleagues at the University of Lille..."


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Preferred specializations
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The Hauts-de-France region welcomes candidates in the hard and social sciences as well as the humanities, including Planet, Health and Intelligence issues. The priority areas for the region are multidisciplinary projects including humanities and involving crosscutting fields in the following fields : Biology and Health; Food and Bioeconomy; Physics, Chemistry and Materials sciences; Math and Computer science; Energy and the third industrial revolution rev 3 (climate and energy transition); Transport (rail and new cars); Digital, Image and Cognitive science, linked with the smart specialization strategy of the Region.

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Research Scholar Award: €2,800 per month. Additional travel allowance of €1,200.

Post-doc/early career: minimum €2,200 per month. Additional travel allowance of €1,200.

Short-term Flex grants for research spread over short segments are available during the fall and/or spring semesters (between September and July). Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including project timeline. More information on Flex description.

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Do I have to speak French?
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French language ability should be commensurate with the requirements of the project.

Many host institutions offer language courses.

We prefer candidates who intend to improve their French language skills.

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The application deadline is September 15, 2020.

The application process is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. For further information and to apply, please consult IIE's program pages.

Program for junior scholars

Program for senior scholars

If you have not already established ties with a host institution in the region and are planning to solicit the required letter of invitation, click here for an electronic letter in PDF format from the Franco-American Commission explaining to potential hosts what the program is, how it is funded, and what the requirements for hosting institutions would be.

Contact person: Charlotte Goodwin, Program Officer - US Grantees, Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange, (0033) 1 44 14 53 64,

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About Hauts de France
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Hauts de France is made up of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie. Major cities include Lille, Amiens, and Roubaix.

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Pin Map of Hauts de France (Click Here)(Sample Institutions)



Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille 

Musée d'Art Moderne de Lille                                

Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse






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