Visiting Scholars - Bordeaux Montaigne University v1.2

Visiting Scholar

Program description

Each year, the University Bordeaux Montaigne launches a programme of Visiting Professors, open to researchers from non-French Universities. This program, dedicated to research and teaching, is open to all candidates whose scientific production is related to the disciplines hosted by the University Bordeaux Montaigne.  

11 Visiting Professors will be fully part of the University Bordeaux Montaigne community for a period of one month in 2025. They are expected to dedicate most of their time to their ongoing research, possibly in collaboration with colleagues of the UBM. They will share their work with faculty and students of the UBM during two events, both directly related to their research project, at the beginning and at the end of their stay. They will also provide other activities addressed to the UBM community and related to their research projects, which will be defined in consultation with their UBM referee. They are also strongly encouraged to meet and exchange with UBM faculty members who work in their field, especially to consider future collaborations.

Terms of the assignment

Visiting scholars will provide a service consisting of the following elements:

  • A conference within the framework of an inaugural event which will take the form of a collective welcome at the beginning of the stay. The visiting professor will present his/her background and research project, as well as the importance of the international dimension of this project.
  • A conference at the Doctoral School with the content that the guest professor will have developed during his/her stay at UBM.
  • Other activities (e.g. collaborative and experimental teaching, creative interventions, field activities, masterclasses, working meetings with doctoral students, contribution to online training, etc.), which will be defined in consultation with their UBM referee.

It is expected that Visiting Professors will be in Bordeaux for the entire period of their stay; any absence must be notified in advance to their referee and authorized by the direction of their Research Unit and the International Office. The stays will take place during the calendar year 2025, except during the vacation periods

Criteria of eligibility

  • Criterion 1: The visiting professor must not exceed the legal age of 67 during the period of his/her stay.
  • Criterion 2 Candidates must reside abroad and work in a non-French higher education or research institution.

Candidates of all nationalities are eligible.

Evaluation criteria

  • Criterion 1: Quality of the applicant’s scientific and pedagogical background.
  • Criterion 2: Quality of the applicant’s current research project.
  • Criterion 3: Interest of the application for the scientific policy of the research units, the structuring research programmes and the UBM in general. Collabortions that are likely to emerge as a result of the stay of the Visiting Professors. 


  • Opening of the application process: March 25th, 2024
  • Application deadline: June 7th, 2024
  • Nomination: October or November 2024
  • Possible period of stay: calendar year 2025, except holidays periods

Required documents and information

  • Detailed CV with list of publications & Short Bio (150-200 words).
  • The title and a statement (800-1000 words) of the applicant’s current research project, clearly explaining how the project will benefit from a stay at UBM, as well as its links with the research themes of one or more research units. This part should additionally include up to 5 bibliographical references and 3-5 keywords.
  • A scientific article or book chapter published within the last three years or in press (max. 20 pages).
  • The language in which the lectures will be given.
  • A letter of support written by a UBM faculty member (référent) and countersigned by the director of her/his research unit (optional but strongly recommended, maximum 2 pages). This letter should not be limited to a general opinion, but should provide information about faculty members and PhD candidates likely to be interested in the visit, the collaborations envisaged in the medium and long term, etc. Nevertheless, unsolicited applications remain eligible.
  • 2-5 names of UBM professors working in the field of the applicant or on similar projects. It is not necessary to contact these colleagues before submitting the application.
  • Scanned copy of ID or passport.
  • A sworn statement that you are not simultaneously employed elsewhere in France (see the last page of this document).
  • A certificate from the candidate’s home institution authenticating her/his academic affiliation.

Submitting your application

Guidelines for applicants

Applications must be submitted online via the dedicated web platform:
- Portail des mobilités entrantes (in French)
- Incoming Staff Mobility Portal (in English)

Once logged in, candidates must complete the form and attach the documents indicated below, which are necessary for processing the application. Incomplete applications will not be examined.

Do not hesitate to contact the International Relations Office - Staff Mobility Team: staff-mobility @ (staff-mobility @

Discover the interviews of our previous Visiting Scholars:
1. Joseph FORD, from University of London
2. John HOLDEN, from University of Cincinnati
3. Thái Huyên NGUYEN, from Hanoi Architectural University
4. Cynthia Volanosy PARFAIT, from Université d'Antsiranana
5. Suzanne RICHARD, from Université de Montréal
6. Luana ANTUNES COSTA, from Universidade da Integração Internacional da Lusofonia Afro-Brasileira
7. Aristide YEMMAFOUO, from Université de Dschang
8. Jean-François CHASSAY, from Université du Québec à Montréal
9. Gisela CORONADO SCHWINDT, from Universidad de Mar del Plata
10. Gábor CZOCH, from Eötvös Loránd University
11. Thomas MCMORROW, from Ontario Tech University