Research Residencies

Due to the postponement of the 2020 residencies caused by the covid-19 outbreak, we are obliged to postpone the call for applications for research residencies at the Institut International de la Marionnette until September 2021.

The next call will cover the 1st semester 2022 , subject to favourable developments in the health situation.


The Research centre at the Institute is offering two programs for research residencies (one with the other without grant) to encourage scholarly research about puppetry, to support and mentor artistic creation, and to strengthen the links between the research and artistic communities.

The research residencies at the Insitute are open to scholars, artists and postgraduate students from anywhere in the world.
Residents can have access to the Library, mentoring support, contacts and networking possibilities with the partners of the Institute.
The residents must sign a research contract which includes the donation of a copy of their final project (e.g. thesis, book, documentary etc.) to the Library.

Residencies with grant

Concerning the research residency with grant, a particular attention (but not exclusive) will be paid to the works in connection with priority research programmes of the Istitute and ICiMa Chair :

These residencies can last between 1 week and 2 months, with the exception of the periods when the Institute is closed (closure of the Documentation centre for inventory the 2nd half of January, summer closure, Christmas holidays and September odd years).
The grant covers daily expenses and part of the travelling costs. During the closing period of the Villa d’Aubilly (under renovation), an accommodation solution can be proposed (on request to be submitted in the application form).
They are granted principally to PhD students, post-doctorate, authors at critical phase of their writing, and artists in a theoretical-practical investigation (laboratory).
To be eligible for a grant, the residency must be the object of, or contribute to the creation of a written, audiovisual or multimedia record analyzing the research methodology and thus making it possible to share the results.
Residents with grants may be asked to present their work to the students at the ESNAM.

Séjour long au Centre de documentation

The Documentation centre is open to the public throughout the year except for certain periods (closure of the Documentation centre for inventory 2nd half of January, summer closure, Christmas holidays and September odd years).
See the opening hours.
Voir les horaires d’ouverture.

Access is free but subject to availability.
Please make an appointment by writing to the documentalists
: and complete the form to prepare your visit.
Requests can be made throughout the year (a minimum of one week before the desired date).