Call for applications | Chair and vice-chairs of the FMSH Executive Board

Submission deadline: Friday June 9, 2023, at 12 pm
Façade de la FMSH

FMSH is a private law foundation recognised as being of public interest. Its purpose is to promote, both nationally and internationally, the study of the social sciences and humanities, and their relations with other fields of knowledge.

Under its current Articles of Association, its activities includ:

  • Hosting research programmes with a strong interdisciplinary and international dimension;
  • Developing collective work tools designed to support and contribute to scientific production in the social sciences and humanities;
  • Disseminating knowledge and promoting research using all the tools, skills and resources that it has gathered by fostering an interdisciplinary approach and an international outlook, and fully engaging in the digital age;
  • Contributing to the growing international reach of France's socials ciences and humanities sector;
  • Hosting sheltered foundations that have a link with its corporate purpose.

Its governance structure consists of fourbodies:

  • A Supervisory Board composed of 15 members;
  • An International Scientific Board composed of at least 11 members, which issues an opinion on the scientific programmes hosted by the foundation, and presents scientific assessment reports to the Supervisory Board;
  • An Executive Board composed of three to five members appointed by the Supervisory Board (up to three of whom may be paid as corporate officers in accordance with the upper limit stipulated in the legislation1). The Executive Board — a collegial body — is chaired by one of its members, appointed after approval by the Minister(s) for Higher Education and Research; it has specific delegations from the Supervisory Board. The Executive Board is responsible for overseeing the foundation and implementing the strategic decisions taken by the Supervisory Board on the proposal of the Executive Board chair. The term of office of the Executive Board members is four years, renewable once.
  • An Ethics Committee, which is an independent advisory body composed of 5 members appointed by the Supervisory Board.
Recruitment process

The candidate for Chair of the Executive Board shall present his or her project, along with a team of two to four people who will become, if necessary, the vice-chairs. The candidate for Chair of the Executive Board shall submit a curriculum vitae, a strategic project, the composition of his or her team and a declaration of absence of conflict of interest before Friday 9thJune 2023,at 12 p.m.(compulsory deadline).

He or she will be interviewed during the last week of June 2023(the date will be communicated later to the eligible candidates) by the Supervisory Board. The members of the candidate’s team will be interviewed on the same date. The Supervisory Board may reject the appointment of any member of the candidate’s team, or make suggestions to expand the team.

Skills and qualities sought for the chairmanship of the Executive Board
  • International recognition in the field of social sciences and humanities research;
  • Knowledge of public-and private-sector higher education and research, in France and worldwide;
  • Strong awareness of interdisciplinarity both within SSH and with other scientific fields;
  • Knowledge of the landscape of major French and international research foundations;
  • Knowledge of public and private funding mechanisms for research, in France, Europe and worldwide;
  • International professional experience likely to extend the reach of FMSH;
  • Team management experience in the field of higher education and research;
  • Good command of administrative procedures and ability to manage multi-person teams.
The application must include:

Chairmanship candidates

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • an initial proposal for the FMSH strategic project (20,000 – 40,000 characters);
  • a presentation of the proposed team of vice-chairs;
  • a declaration of absence of conflict of interes

Team members, vice-chairmanship candidates

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a nomination paper confirming membership of the team presented;
  • a letter of up to 10,000 characters illustrating how the scientific and/or management skills of the vice-chairmanship candidate strengthen or complement the profile of the chairmanship candidate.

The Articles of Association and internal regulations of the FMSH, the last two annual activity reports, the foundation’s last two audited annual statements may be provided on request.

Applications shouldbe sent to the President of the Supervisory Board and to the Executive Director in paper or electronic format, before Friday 9thJune 2023, at 12 p.m. (compulsory deadline).

Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH)
Direction des services (3ème étage, bureau A3-32)
54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

Tel : 01 40 48 64 22

Published at 24 April 2023