Incoming SMI (International mobility grant) 2021

As part of its international policy, the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (InSHS) offers financial support for incoming international mobility (incoming SMI), with the aim of hosting, within CNRS research units, foreign researchers who wish to develop a collaboration with a CNRS research unit in France.
This assistance aims to support, in all the disciplines covered by the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, the development of strategic partnerships identified by CNRS. Missions in France by foreign guests must be made in 2021. Their objective will be to develop scientific collaborations with a partner unit in France. Their duration may vary, but should in principle not exceed 2 months.


Statutory researchers/professors (doctoral and post-doctoral students are not eligible) working in one of the following universities are eligible for the 2021 call:
– University of Cape Town (South Africa)
– University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
– University of Melbourne (Australia)
– Australian National University (Australia)
– University of Toronto (Canada)
– Seoul National University (South Korea)
– University of Chicago (USA)
– Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)
– Tel Aviv University (Israel)
– University of Tokyo (Japan)
– University of Nairobi (Kenya)
– University of Lagos (Nigeria)
– Makerere University (Uganda)
– University of Warsaw (Poland)
– Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal)
– National University of Singapore (Singapore)
– Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Terms and conditions of support

The aid granted is granted by InSHS to the host French unit (UMR) and is intended to cover all or part of the foreign guest expenses in France (airfare, accommodation and food in France, as well as other mission expenses).

Covid 19

Given the ongoing pandemic and restrictive still in force in many countries, the arrival of foreign researchers in France in 2021 will remain subject to health constraints and restrictions imposed by France and countries at origin. It is important to note that the funds granted within the framework of the incoming SMI are state-subsidised funds which must be spent during the calendar year in which they are obtained.
For further information, please send a message to:

Application form

The application file is made up of 3 parts: the first part (see application form) and the second part will be completed by the host laboratory in France (and an identified inviting researcher); the third part will be completed by the invited partner.
How to submit your application?
– Fill in the attached form (including 3 parts)- Save it as a single pdf file and name it as follows: IncomingSMI_“Name of (foreign) applicant”_“CNRS discipline number”.pdf
– Send it to:

Submission deadline: 18 January 2021