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School of the Humanities and Social Sciences


Selection for the CamPo exchange is competitive and demand for the program has been high since it began in 2014.

Cambridge PhD students from various parts of the university – inter alia POLIS, History, MML, Anthropology – have participated in the exchange programme, which has now been extended to include all social science PhD students within the six schools of Cambridge University and PhD students within all of Sciences Po’s research centres.  

Applications are now open for students to spend a period of time studying in their non-home institution during the calendar year 2023.  


Doctoral Exchange 2023

Call for proposals

The CamPo exchange offers a fee-waiver between Cambridge and Sciences Po. As visiting students, CamPo PhD students will have access to all the institutional support. As there is no dedicated funding for PhD students exchanges, participants are advised to contact their institution (College and Department, École de la Recherche and Centre) to enquire about travel funds available.


Funding and Resources

  • In Paris, visiting CamPo PhD students will be affiliated with one of the Sciences Po research centres and with the École de la Recherche. They will have access to desk space in one of the research centres (whenever possible and usually in a shared open space), a library card and access to Sciences Po online resources. Students will be assigned a member of the faculty as their institutional point of contact at Science Po. The Sciences Po student handbook includes semesters dates and other relevant information.
  • In Cambridge, visiting CamPo PhD students will be affiliated with a host department and provided with desk space (whenever possible and usually in a shared open space), a library card and access to Cambridge online resources.

Students will be assigned a member of the faculty as their institutional point of contact. Visiting CamPo PhD students will be encouraged to play a full part in the academic life of the host department, through participation in seminars and interaction with the POLIS faculty. Here are the University of Cambridge term dates, for information.

Cambridge participants, will be also be affiliated with a college and subject to availability, they will be able to rent accommodation through the university/college, i.e the University of Cambridge Accommodation Service or in a college which may be booked directly with the college of affiliation after confirmation of an award.



All PhD students active in the arts, humanities and social sciences whose research would benefit from spending a period of time of up to three months in their non-home institution are encouraged to apply to this programme.

             Visiting students should arrange their stay so that it coincides with the teaching terms in Cambridge and Paris.

It is essential to seek support from an academic sponsor in the department they wish to visit before applying and a confirm with the department/faculty that they are prepared to support their exchange.

Selection process and criteria

Applicants should provide the following documentation of up to two A4 pages in PDF format:

  • Their CV;
  • A short outline of their PhD project;
  • A letter of recommendation from their supervisor (aimed at supporting application)
  • Their Host department letter of support

Proposals may be submitted via this online application.


As a condition of the award, each awardee will be asked to provide a brief report on the about their exchange. A report template will be provided with the letter of award.

Reports are due within thirty days of the end-date proposed in the original application.

See below some of the positive feedback from last year visits.

A further call may be release later in the year should funding become available. 

For general enquiries about the programme, please contact