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Visiting scholars

Kelly Cohen

Objective: welcoming internationally renowned researchers and lecturers to share their experience and set up international collaborations and partnerships.

The schedule for the next Visiting Scholars campaign has not yet been defined.

The University of Bordeaux is opening Visiting scholars positions. The aim of this program is to enable high-level, internationally-reputed scholars to visit the University of Bordeaux or one of the partnering institutions of IdEx université de Bordeaux and develop an academic collaborative project in research, education, or at institutional level. This program is open to all fields, but particular attention will be devoted to candidates promoting projects:

  • that fall within the scientific priorities of IdEx université de Bordeaux, or are at the junction between them;
  • that are pedagogically innovative;
  • that strengthen collaboration with dedicated partnering universities.


Vanessa Zhendre

Program manager


2020 Call for applications

Eligibility criteria

Eligible candidates are fellows meeting the following criteria:

  • excellent record of scientific, academic or institutional achievements;
  • employed by a non-French institution;
  • bearing the title of professor, assistant professor or equivalent in their institution of origin;
  • supported by an education or research unit from the University of Bordeaux or one of the IdEx université de Bordeaux partners;
  • proposing a project with a clear impact in terms of the site’s education, research and international policy;
  • upper age limit of scholars at the moment of the end of the appointment: 65 years.


In the framework of this program, IdEx université de Bordeaux will finance stays going from 1 to 10 months. The Visiting scholars program does not fund short visits (<1 month).

Visits must be programmed to start between April 2020 and December 2020 and run in consecutive weeks.


Financial support from IdEx université de Bordeaux will include the scholar’s salary (equivalent to a French professor’s salary), as well as travel expenses (round-trip from the fellow’s place of residence).


Applications should be submitted through the dedicated online platform.

Evaluation process

The overriding selection criteria are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and second the potential benefits to the receiving institution in terms of skills and expertize. Application documents, and particularly the letter of support of the director of the host structure, should clearly argue on these points.

Provisional calendar

  • October 21 2019: start of the application process.
  • December 1 2019: deadline for applications.
  • Februar 2020: publication of results.
  • From April 2020 to December 2020: start of the visits.
 8 campaigns (2013 - 2017) 203 financial supports
Kelly COHEN, professeur de génie aérospatial à l’université de Cincinnati© Kelly Cohen

I’ve always wanted to explore the world of aeronautical engineering in France and this is the perfect opportunity to work alongside a capable team of experts. The main focus of my work at the University of Bordeaux is in the area of multi-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). (…) Furthermore, we are discussing a possible research program on developing new, unique, and effective fault tolerant flight control strategies for multi-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. We would like to involve graduate and undergraduate students from UBx and UC in this research program. We are also looking into joint educational opportunities in the area of aeronautical engineering.

Pr. Kelly COHEN,
professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, has moved to Bordeaux for several months as part as the Visiting scholars’s scheme