Guidelines for the organisation of seminars

Since 1981, the Fondation des Treilles is hosting every year, in its domain located in South of France (Var), high-level international research teams in all fields of science, literature and the arts, in the framework of interdisciplinary seminars, seminars whose structure has been naturally determined by the missions of the Foundation:

  • an original theme,
  • a number of participants limited to twenty people, in order to facilitate informal discussions, and a composition involving senior and junior researchers,
  • a relatively short time (Monday to Saturday) compatible with the hope that each participant stays throughout the conference,
  • a program leaving plenty of time for questions and discussions.

These seminars last 6 days (arrival on Monday afternoon and departure on Saturday morning). Composed of 15 people from several disciplines and / or specialties, they must have a minimum of 2 young researchers (doctoral or post-doctoral). Approximately half of participants must also work in France or in another European country.

The Foundation can contribute to travel expenses within the limits of the estimate given in the application form. However, it is strongly recommended that organizers seek for external funding. For information, after acceptance of your estimate by the foundation, the unused funds will be allocated to the “Young researchers prize“.

Transfers from and to the airport (Nice) or the railway station (Les-Arcs Draguignan) are arranged and covered by the Foundation.

Accommodation is also supported by the Foundation. Please note that the invitations are strictly personal; then, spouses or companions are not allowed. Before applying, please read our accommodation conditions.

Within one month after the end of the residential study, the organizer will send a two-page summary of the meeting for publication on the foundation’s website AND a short synthesis in French (half a page) for the Board’s annual activity report.

Furthermore, the Fondation des Treilles expects that its support be acknowledged in any work or publication resulting from the residency; authors are invited to forward a copy of their publication.

How to apply?

The potential organizer submits a seminar proposal, for all disciplines, by completing the application form and sending it before the deadline. Please note that applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline for submission will not be considered.

Your application will be examined by the Scientific Council of the Fondation at the beginning of November 2019. The judgement of the Scientific Council, validated by the Board, is final. You will be informed of its decision in December 2019.

When to apply?

For a seminar at the Fondation des Treilles in 2021, the deadline for returning your complete application is 19th September, 2019.

If any question, please send an Email to: activites[at]

Access to and complete the application form