The Hosting Agreement for International Researchers

The Hosting Agreement allows foreign nationals from outside of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland :

  • to carry out their research
  • or to teach university-level classes

in establishments authorized by the Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation.

The Hosting Agreement is the only document that attests to the researcher’s abilities, the purpose of their research, the length of their stay in France, and their right to work as a researcher / teacher-researcher.

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The Scientist’s Process (la procédure scientifique) is a simplified process based on the Hosting Agreement whose advantages include :

  • the Provisional Work Permit (Autorisation Provisoire de Travail – APT)
  • a streamlined process for partners and children of researchers allowing them to enter and sojourn in France.

Hosting Agreement Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have the equivalent of a master’s degree or higher
  • The purpose of your stay in France is to carry out research and/or teach at the university level
  • Your research activity or teaching position must take place in an establishment authorized for this purpose by the Ministry for Higher Education, Research, and Innovation *
  • If you are a postdoc, teacher/researcher, or professor: the hosting agreement is required for you to be employed by the host establishment. It also applies to you if you are not employed in France, but are employed by an establishment in your home country or your country of residence during your stay in France. You can also ask for a hosting agreement if you are recipient of a research scholarship which total net monthly grant is higher than €1415.
  • If you are a PhD student working on a thesis in France (PhD program or international joint thesis program): you can only benefit from a hosting agreement if you are employed in France in the context of your thesis (PhD contract, teaching assistantship, CIFRE contract…). You can also ask for a hosting agreement if you are recipient of a research scholarship which total net monthly grant is higher than €1415.

 

* Approval from the Researcher’s Host Establishment

Conditions of establishment approval are laid out in the decree of the 24th of December 2007. Public or private organizations must have a research or higher education mission. For example, universities and research organizations are automatically and unconditionally accredited.

The list of officially recognized organizations is available on the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation’s website.

An updated version of the Hosting Agreement form can be dowloaded from the Ministry for Higher Education, Research, and Innovation’s website.

Please note: in accordance with the May 3rd, 2021 decree which modified the August 27, 2019 decree pertaining to the approval procedure for organizations issuing hosting agreements to researchers and professor-researchers, a new version of the hosting agreement was published and has replaced the old version.

Implications for the admission of researchers

The hosting agreement allows researchers to be granted:

The Hosting Agreement can be established for short stays (90 days maximum) or long stays (of more than 3 months). Foreign nationals who are not required to apply for a short-stay visa for stays of less than 3 months in France must obtain a hosting agreement to be able to work in France for their teaching or research residence.