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 2023. 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 2023, except during the vacation periods

Guidelines for applicants

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.

Submitting your application

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.

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.


  • Opening of the application process: May 6, 2022
  • Application deadline: June 6, 2022
  • Nomination: October 2022
  • Stays: calendar year 2023, except during vacation periods
Contact and further information

For any questions concerning the application form or regarding the status of Visiting Professors, their salary or medical coverage, please contact the Staff Mobility Department of the International Office, in charge of the applications for the visiting scholar program, at the following address:

staff-mobility @


The salary paid to Visiting Professors is meant to compensate for any expenses connected with their stay in Bordeaux. Visiting professors are expected to cover their own transportation costs, accommodation and other expenses. For the payment of their salary, there are two options:

  • A transfer to a foreign account for which a statement from their bank will be needed.
  • A transfer to a French bank account

After their nomination, Visiting Professors will be asked to provide a statement from their bank certifying that they have an account, as well as an official document from their bank indicating the IBAN, the BIC / SWIFT and their postal address of their bank.

International Relation Office for Mobility activities
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