The Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE) constitute a network of five higher education and research establishments, governed by decree 2011-164 of February 10, 2011. Established in Greece (École française d'Athènes, 1846), in Italy (École française de Rome, 1875), Egypt (Institut français d’archéologie orientale, Cairo, 1880), Asia (École française d’Extrême-Orient, Paris, 1898) and Spain (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, 1920), they fulfil a triple mission of training, research and dissemination in human and social sciences.
They welcome young researchers at doctoral or post-doctoral level, rely on a community of recognised researchers, French or foreign, and publish around a hundred volumes per year. They develop collaborative and cooperative networks in the host countries which make them irreplaceable players in French research abroad. Since 2015, they have had a "board of directors" which oversees the network's joint operations.
The Écoles françaises à l’étranger carry out training, research, dissemination and outreach missions.
For research training, they welcome doctoral and post-doctoral students for various lengths of time and at different levels: one year members, renewable two or three times; scholarship holders for one month or more; interns for archaeological excavations; students in thematic doctoral training seminars; doctoral students with university contracts. They also welcome young curators, archivists, librarians, architects, topographers and publishing professionals for professional internships. Everyone is offered the opportunity to work in an international professional environment.
In the countries where they are established, EFEs develop research missions in many areas of the human and social sciences, following a five-year programme: archaeology, art history, history, religious sciences, philology, anthropology, ethnology or social Sciences. Members, former members or associate researchers participate in these missions. Facilities are offered for one-year (renewable) members (EFA, EFR, IFAO, Casa), permanent staff (EFEO), resident researchers of one month or more, CNRS international researchers or European researchers (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Programme). The EFEs are also able to accommodate researchers in archaeological dig houses on excavations. The missions they host benefit from an immediately operational administrative, scientific and technical environment.
The Écoles ensure the dissemination and promotion of the data they produce. They publish around one hundred monographs per year, around ten specialist journals and numerous conference proceedings. They organize scientific events (conferences, exhibitions, etc.) in the host countries and in France, for specialists or the general public.
Reporting to the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Écoles françaises à l’étranger are governed by a common decree (2011-164 of February 10, 2011). They are placed under the scientific supervision of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres as well as of the Académie des Beaux-Arts for the artistic section of the Casa and of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques at the École française de Rome. Each EFE has a board of directors and a scientific council, as well as an artistic council for the Casa. By convention, in January 2015, they created a "board of directors" with a rotating presidency, a body for discussion and proposals for the network. Since 2013, they have been represented at the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités.
The President of the Réseau
Laurent Coulon is the President of the Réseau, since 1 January 2022.