The international mission of the EHESS has three primary objectives: disseminating the scientific work of the school through major international institutions, faciltiating exchanges between academics with different scientific backgrounds, and monitoring and bringing to public attention the most innovating developments in research today. In the sphere of social and human sciences, which have become increasingly international in recent years, it is essential to build research networks and develop projects with scholars from other countries. This concept lies at the heart of the School's philosophy and has led to the development of a number of new research centers focused on “cultural zones”, in which 42% of Master's students and 50% of doctoral students come from overseas.
The EHESS has a well-established history in promoting and supporting international exchanges through: short-term invitations enabling faculty members to invite international colleagues to participate in their seminar series (“Petites Invitations”); cotutelle or co-direction agreements for PhD students (309 co-directed PhD theses per year on average over the last five years); the active support and facilitation of international mobility for researchers and graduate students; the development of international training and research projects; and, through providing funding for international post-doctoral positions.
Each year the EHESS receives between 150 and 200 visiting professors from every corner of the globe. These professors are affiliated to one of the School's research centers, where they participate in a range of scientific activities. They make an important contribution to the intellectual breadth and richness offered by the school with each visitor giving 3 or 4 seminar papers during their month-long stay with us.
The EHESS has continued to nurture its contacts with former international students, who have become recognized academics in their countries of origin, and has built strong links with other prestigious scholars. We are committed to the idea that individual relationships are the primary source of intellectual exchange and seek to support and promote ongoing dialogues between permanent staff, visiting professors, and former international researchers and students. The geographic locations of EHESS alumni can be seen on this map.