In 2014, the EHESS joined Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL) University in order to develop its research and teaching on a larger scale, and in conjunction with other arts and sciences.

Created in 2011 and awarded “Investments for the Future” funding from the French government, PSL provides a world-class academic environment where the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences are brought together, mutually enhancing intellectual pursuits, where basic and applied research go hand-in-hand, and where universities and the corporate world interact. 

PSL's distinctive federal structure comprises 26 prestigious self-governing academic and research institutions, 178 research centers, over 80 libraries and museums. With 4,500 researchers and 20,000 students, PSL’s strengths are comparable to those of the world’s top universities. As a university of manageable size, PSL readily produces actionable results (some 200 research projects and 100 new education programs have been launched since 2011), provides the ideal environment for interdisciplinarity, and prioritizes high student-faculty ratios.

PSL provides resources for exploring new fields, building innovative curricula, creating startups (40 on average per year), and disseminating knowledge to the public at large (22 million courses and lectures downloaded to date).


Members of PSL:

  • Chimie Paris
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • Collège de France
  • Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique
  • Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris
  • École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)
  • École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO)
  • École nationale des chartes
  • École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs
  • École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts
  • École normale supérieure
  • École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)
  • École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles
  • Fondation Pierre-Gilles de Gennes pour la recherche
  • Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique-Fondation Edmond de Rothschild
  • Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique
  • Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM)
  • Institut Curie
  • Institut Louis Bachelier
  • La Fémis
  • Lycée Henri-IV
  • MINES ParisTech
  • Observatoire de Paris
  • Université Paris-Dauphine
  • Association Art et Recherche