Imperial College and CNRS logosICL – CNRS Fellowships were established by the Department of Mathematics of Imperial College London and CNRS in 2015.

The aim of the joint fellowships programme is to support extended visits of Professeurs and Maître de Conferences in CNRS-sponsored laboratories to the Department and provide more opportunities for exchange visits between researchers from French universities and the Department. This program is jointly funded by CNRS, which provides teaching buyout money and by the Department of Mathematics, which provides travel and accommodation support. All fields of mathematics are eligible.

Further information

Profile of the Candidate

The applicants are expected to hold a University Professorship (i.e. Professeur or Maitre de Conferences) and be affiliated to a CNRS sponsored research laboratory in mathematics in France. They must commit to spending a significant part of their 6 month /Fellowship at Imperial College London.

View a list of CNRS-sponsored mathematics laboratories.

Applicants have a better chance of getting a fellowship if they have not benefited from a 'delegation CNRS' 2-3 years prior to the intended fellowship.

Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged. 

Scope, Scientific Level and Expectations

ICL-CNRS fellowship are intended to strengthen the scientific exchanges and collaborations between the French mathematical community and the Department in all the fields where both are strong. It is expected that the applicants have an international profile with a very strong track record and have established ties with one or several members of the Department. Applicants must be sponsored by one of the ‘hosts’ at Imperial who commit to collaborate with them during their stay and possibly beyond. Ideally, a number of publications co-authored by the awardees and their hosts or other academics from the department should result from the award. To enable a wider impact within the Department and beyond, the awardees will be asked to deliver a 6 to 8 hour course on their field of expertise. This course is aimed at establishing new collaborations with PhD students, Research Associates and Fellows. 


Three 6 months fellowships are available per academic year.


CNRS provides teaching buyout money. Department of Mathematics provides travel and accommodation support up to £2,000 per month.

Application Process

Application Deadline for 2018-19 Academic Year Fellowships:  15 June 2017.

Application must be made by sending below documents in pdf format by email to

  • CV of the applicant
  • List of publications
  • Research programme while at Imperial
  • Support letter from the host at imperial

The processing of applications is as follows:

  • Department of Mathematics Research Committee will assess the applications and select those that are consistent with the scope and scientific level of the program.
  • The selected applications will be ranked by the Research Committee by 30 June 2017.
  • A support letter from the Head of Department with the ranking of applications/ the level of support provided by the Department will be issued and sent to CNRS Math Directorate, International Relations Office together with copies of the selected applications by 15 July 2017.
  • The successful candidates will also be informed by 15 July 2017. They will have then to follow the French administrative procedures to apply for a Delegation CNRS (normally in October 2017). As the procedures and deadlines vary from university to university, the candidates will have to approach their university administration to obtain the process guidance.
  • The final selection will be made by the CNRS Committee in Mathematics (during the spring of 2018) and the hosts will be informed about the outcome of their candidate’s application.  The scientific quality of application is the criteria CNRS Committee in Mathematics will use for the selection. 

List of ICL-CNRS Fellows

2017-18 Academic Year

2016-17 Academic Year

2015-2016 Academic Year