Ten « Convergence Institutes » (collaborative institutes) exist in France. They were created in 2016 and 2017 on behalf of an international jury leading the 2nd Programme des Investissements d’avenir.

What is their goal? To gather research work, bringing together about 200 researchers from various institutions in order to combine disciplines and create an original training program. The French Collaborative Institute on Migration (CI Migration) is the only program that associates social sciences, human sciences and health sciences.  

It is composed of 5 departments plus 1 department for the curricular. The CI Migration organizes common research activities (seminars, scientific events, publishing…) and finances merging research projects as well as young researcher’s work. A new Master’s degree program will open in September 2020, it will combine human sciences, social sciences and life sciences. 

The main goal of the Institute is to encourage a dialogue between science and society with two main actions: to analyze news events through its online magazine De facto and  to establish a partnership with local officials (teachers, associations, health care practitioners, social services…).


Our missions

The European refugees crisis of the summer of 2015 originated the idea for the Institute. However, the topics are not limited to the refugee crisis. 

International migration covers various disciplines, such as: geography, history, demography, economics, law, political sciences, sociology, anthropology, ethics, social epidemiology and infectiology. 

It is the mission of CI Migration to cover all these aspects of migration with work projects and a training program. 

Comprehensive overview 

Three affiliation campaigns (March 2018, April 2018 and April 2019) abled the CI Migration to select 394 researchers and 72 PhD students. The membership is for a 3 year period (renewable). 

Two thirds of the fellows are founders of the CI Migration, one third come from French universities, foreign universities or other organisms.

Departements Number of fellows

We try to associate different disciplines and themes among each department. The HEALTH department, for instance is composed of economists, demography researchers, historians, anthropologists as well as Public Health specialists, epidemiologists, sociologists or geography researchers.

The CI Migration wants to renew the relation between science and society when it comes to migration issues. For this, it has edited a magazine called De Facto to analyze the news with a critical and constructive eye.

We consider that a scientific researcher cannot stay neutral when it comes to such a sensitive topic, he must elevate the debate. 

We must reframe the magnitude of the phenomenon, study existing data, produce new data and compare them in different time and space frames. There is a need to decipher arguments about migration according to descriptive, explanatory and standard framework data.

CI Migrations wishes to dedicate funds to reach out to elected officials, associations, teachers, administrations, companies, agencies. 

In addition to a Scientific board, CI Migrations has a Territory board, consulted in the design of specific research projects. 

View CI Migrations actions to create a dialogue between science and society.

CI Migrations is creating a Master’s degree in Migrations together with EHESS of University Paris 1- Panthéon Sorbonne. 

We have observed that in this developing research field, existing training programs do not include multi-disciplinary studies and field work. This new Master’s degree will therefore complete (and not compete with) the existing Masters dealing with the subject. We intend to train researchers and migration specialists who will also be able to pursue PhD work in other existing institutions.

We have been granted permission for the Masters in December 2018. We will enroll students as of September 2020.


Director François HÉRAN
Professor at Collège de France
Deputy director Annabel DESGRÉES DU LOÛ
Research director at IRD
Coordination director Stéphanie MILLAN
Scientific activities and communication manager Perin Emel YAVUZ
Scientific mediation and partnership manager Jean-Barthélemi DEBOST
Accounting operator Christine CODINA
Accounting operator Florence ROUILLÉ

Its duty is to assist the executive board concerning scientific and strategic matters.

The members are executive directors and head of departments of CI Migration.

  • Director: Hillel RAPOPORT
    Professor, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris School of Economics
  • Scientific coordination: Nelly EL-MALLAKH
    Postdoctoral fellow at the CI Migrations
  • Director: Claire ZALC
    Research director, École Normale Supérieure/EHESS, Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine – UMR 8066 (IHMC)
  • Scientific coordination: Antonin DURAND
    Postdoctoral fellow at the CI Migrations
  • Director : Maria MELCHIOR
    Research director, Inserm, Équipe de recherche en épidémiologie sociale (ERES), Institut Pierre Louis d’Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique (iPLESP)
  • Scientific coordination: Anne GOSSELIN
    Postdoctoral fellow at the CI Migrations
  • Director : Patrick SIMON
    Research director, Ined, UR 08 (International migration and Minorities)
  • Scientific coordination: Solène BRUN
    Postdoctoral fellow at the CI Migrations
  • Director : Michel AGIER
    Director of Studies, IRD/EHESS, Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary anthropology (IIAC)
  • Scientific coordination: Sara CASELLA-COLOMBEAU
    Postdoctoral fellow at the CI Migrations
Contact the scientific coordinators
EDUCATION Co-director :
  • Natalia MUCHNIK
    Director of Studies, EHESS, Historical research center (CRH)
  • Marianne Blidon
    Lecturer, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    Paris 1 University Institute of demography (IDUP)

Its mission is to validate strategic orientations, goals, operating rules as well as budget issues for CI Migration. The board is responsible for communicating about CI Migration’s actions and goals. The members come from 8 institutional partners as well as 4 associated UMR.

Associated scientific director from Institute for Human and Social Sciences (INSHS)
Vice-Président of Research
Ined Ariane PAILHE
Deputy Director of Research
Inserm Corinne ALBERTI
Director of ITMO Public Health
Director of the Society and Globalization Department
University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Jean-Marie LE GALL
Mission Head for the Condorcet Campus
Collège de France Marylène MESTON DE REN
Managing Director
Tommaso VITALE, Research director
University of Poitiers/CNRS
Director of Migrinter, Researcher
University of Sophia Antipolis/ University of Paris 7 Diderot/IRD/CNRS
Dominique VIDAL
  • John R. Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, Washington University in Saint Louis, Louis, USA
  • Ilze Brands-Kehris, Professor, Mandate holder, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Former Director of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities office, Lund, Sweden
  • Dana Diminescu, Professor and sociology researcher, I3 (Interdisciplinary Institute for Innovation), Economics and Social sciences department, Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France
  • Frédéric Docquier, Professor of Economics, IRES (Institute of economic and social research), Catholic Institute of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Virginie Guiraudon, Research Director, CEE (Center for European studies), CNRS- Science Po, Paris, France
  • Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Professor of Digital humanities, Literature Faculty, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Myriam Khlat, Research director, UR05 – Health, Epidemyology, Mortality, National Institute of Demographic Studies (Ined), Paris, France
  • Smaïn Laacher, Professor of Sociology, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Suzanne Lachenicht, Professor of Modern History, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Gérard Noiriel, Director of Studies, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies for Social Issues (IRIS), EHESS, Paris, France
  • Alphonse Yapi-Diahou, Professor of Geography, LADYSS UMR 7533 (Laboratoire Dynamiques Sociales et Recomposition des Espaces), University of Paris 8, Vincennes-Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis, France
  • Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Professor of Medicine, Director of Inserm, Institute of Immunology, Inflammation, Infectiology and Microbiology (I3M), Member of the team for Analyzing Decisions About Infectious Diseases, APHP Bichat, University of Paris Diderot, Paris, France

The members of the scientific board are apointed for four years.

Its mission is to define CI Migration’s research fields while collaborating with associations in order to serve local public interests. The commission meets twice a year. It is composed of ten members from associations and national and local institutions. The commission is designed to be the voice of the people. 

  • Malika Latreche, City of Montreuil. 
  • Catherine Lewertowski, General Council of Seine-Saint-Denis, Department of Woman and Children protection.
    “I am lucky to work in a district where there are people from the whole world. It allows me to witness the problems migrant families have to face. We must adapt our practice norms and standards as well as widen our qualifications if we wish to understand them.” 
  • Eunice Mangado-Lunetta, Students for the Town Foundation Association (AFEV), Paris. 
  • Saïd Nerci, Bobigny. 
  • Antoine Paumard, Jesuit Refugee Service France (JRSF), Paris.
    “Hospitalty is every day life experience with exceptional moments, either positive or negative, nevertheless always profound. Hospitality guides us as people: we are all migrants!”. 
  • Lionel Pourtau, Habitat et Humanisme, Montreuil.
    “Beyond my scientific and operational actions, I’ve understood that if you wish to make a change you not only have to fix problems; you also have to find a way to name reality and build a social environment that allows things to be heard.” 
  • Catherine Robert, National Education, Anthropologie pour tous, Aubervilliers.
    “Teaching anthropology and social sciences before university allows rational and calm understanding of multiple world views. We need to understand what makes us human, beyond diversity and complexity.” 
  • Julia Rautenberg, Plaine Commune, Stains. 
  • Alfred Spira, National Academy of Medicine, Paris.
    “We must consider health issues in relation to social dynamics and the great contemporary challenges that are environmental issues, migrations and access to human rights for all”. 

Hélène Vigny, Banlieues Bleues, Pantin.
“Promoting world jazz music to an increasing audience together with cultural action and artistic education contributes to shift people’s world views, especially when they get to meet artists from everywhere.”

A part of CI Migration’s financing comes from calls for applications or work projects.

The board decides with the help of international experts. 

  • Financing explorative research projects 

15 000 to 30 000 euros can be granted for a period of three years. To encourage scientific cooperation between different departments, the team must be multi-disciplinary. The leader and a majority of team members have to be fellows of the CI Migration. 

  • Individual supporting funds 

Twice a year, each spring and autumn, the fellows are able to apply for financial grants from CI Migration to develop and promote their work. 

    • inviting foreign colleagues
    • travelling abroad for research
    • participating to international conferences
    • translation and re-writing of scientific articles to be published in   international press
    • co-financing scientific events
  • Doctoral grants 

Every year CI Migration funds doctoral grants (3 years) and grants for writing thesis (1 year).

Fellows may click on the link below to access the vademecum.

It presents all the aspects of CI Migration: fellow’s status, CI Migration’s people, methods and tools for research, finances, education, communication, membership use, projects and time frames obligations. 

Donwload the guide: CI Migrationigrations_Vademecum-sept2019.pdf

As a fellow you are encouraged to mention your membership and use the CI Migration logo when animating events or publishing works. 

Please contact CI Migration (the scientific activities and communication manager or the scientific coordinator of your department: see listed contacts.) 

These labels aren’t exclusive and can be combined with other memberships.

How to cite the Institute in French and English


  • Complete name: Institut Convergences Migrations
  • Acronym: IC Migrations 


  • Complete name: French Collaborative Institute on Migrations
  • Acronym: CI Migration

How to mention your IC Migration’s fellowship ?

In your signature 

    • In French: « affilié à l’IC Migrations (2018-2021)”
    • In English: “CI Migration fellow (2018-2021)” 

In published work 

    • In French: Institut Convergences Migrations
    • In English: French collaborative Institute on Migration

How to mentioning a project with or without financing?

With CI Migration funding (mandatory) 

Any publication, article, book, colloquium act, co-edition, translation, etc. or any sort of communication on research financed by IC Migration (either exclusively or partially) will have to be labelled as so: 

    • in French: « Ce travail a bénéficié du soutien financier de l’Institut Convergences Migrations porté par le CNRS, portant la référence ANR-17-CONV-0001 ».
    • in English : “This work benefitted from the financial support of the French Collaborative Institute on Migration, coordinated by the CNRS under the reference ANR-17-CONV-000.” 

For written articles: a bottom page note signaled by an asterisk. For books: next to the publisher’s label. As for other publications (exhibitions, flyers, non-official publications…) details will have to be arranged between CI Migrations and the researcher. 

Without CI Migration financing (not compusory) 

Anything published: article, book, report of a colloquium, translation, etc. written by a member or several members of IC Migrations concerning work that has not received financing but is related to IC Migrations subjects can bear the mention: 

    • in French: « Ce travail a été réalisé dans le cadre de l’Institut Convergences Migrations ».
    • in English : “this work was conducted within the framework of the French Collaborative Institute on Migration”.

The use of CI Migrations and Investissements d'Avenir logos

If the CI Migration co-funds an event, a publication or any other activity, the use of the logo of the CI Migration and Investissements d’Avenir is mandatory, as follows:

Download the logos

As a fellow, you can use the CI Migrations logo for an event, publication or any other activity, even without funding from CI Migrations (with the agreement of other funders). In this case, you should use the simple logo, without any mention of Investissements d'Avenir. Please inform IC Migrations of the use of the logo.

The fellowship directory enables you to identify researchers by browsing themes, geographical areas, countries and historical periods. Next update is coming soon.


Founding partners
Associated partners