A hosting agreement is signed between the University of Montpellier, on which MAK’IT depends administratively, the hosting research unit and the fellow to formalize the following modalities.
Fellows invited by MAK’IT are detached from their usual obligations in their home institution and have the necessary availability to freely devote themselves to their research project and participate in the Institute’s activities.
During their stay in Montpellier, they each have a desk equipped with a flat screen computer monitor, internet access and printing facilities in an open space at MAK’IT’s premises, located at the Institut de botanique, in the historic heart of Montpellier. The fellows also have access to meeting rooms and a 250-seat amphitheatre. MAK’IT facilitates access and extended lending rights in the main libraries of the University of Montpellier, as well as the possibility, with financial contribution, of having lunch at the cafeteria on which the Institute depends.
The integration of the invited fellows into Montpellier’s scientific community is facilitated by their connection to one of the local research units in line with their respective research themes, and the appointment of a scientific referee for each of them. The concerned research units provide each fellow with a workspace that he/she can use as he/she wishes during his/her stay in Montpellier.
To facilitate their interdisciplinary group work, fellows are accompanied by a Research Officer who is responsible for creating an enabling scientific and collegial environment for the cohort. It includes compiling a literature review and enriching a virtual library related to the research theme, developing a work programme for the cohort based on an innovative methodological approach focusing on societal controversies, as well as setting up a scientific network of local, national and international experts who can share their knowledge and interact with the Institute’s fellows.
An induction period is planned for the fellows at the beginning of their stay, including visits to Montpellier campuses and research centres, as well as an introductory group seminar to explain the interdisciplinary and collaborative approach expected within the cohorts.
MAK’IT works with a seasonal apartment rental agency in Montpellier to select and offer guest fellows a range of quality apartments that are fully equipped and nearby or easily accessible from the Institute.
MAK’IT takes full and direct responsibility for the accommodation costs of its residents. Requests for family accommodation must be indicated in the application form in order to be considered.
Flat-rate monthly allowance
Fellows invited to MAK’IT remain attached to their home institution during their stay: they do not have an employment contract with the Institute and it is their responsibility to ask their institution of origin to maintain all or part of their salary.
MAK’IT pays guest fellows a monthly allowance of a non-negotiable lump sum as follows:
- ‘Senior’ fellows: € 3,000
- ‘Junior’ fellows: € 2,000
This amount is calculated to enable fellows to largely cover the costs related to their stay in Montpellier and to finance their scientific activity (travels to meetings, registration fees for scientific events, purchases of books or software, etc.).
Travel and visa
MAK’IT covers its fellows’ return trip between Montpellier and their usual place of residence, in economy class.
Any immigration costs (visa) are also covered.
Insurance and social security coverage
MAK’IT does not cover insurance and social security costs, which must be borne by the fellows themselves or their employer. The MAK’IT team is at the fellows’ disposal to assist them in dealing with international health insurance companies, in the event that the coverage available through their home institution is not valid in France.
The fellows must provide proof of adequate social security coverage, covering the risks of illness, accidents at work and civil liability, before their arrival in Montpellier.
The MAK’IT team is at the fellows’ disposal to help them with the administrative procedures related to their installation in Montpellier and the organization of their scientific events.
If necessary, their families also benefit from specific support: schooling of children, assistance with the academic integration of spouses, French as a foreign language courses, etc.