The aim of the Fyssen Foundation is to "encourage all forms of scientific inquiry into cognitive mechanisms, including thought and reasoning, which underlie animal and human behavior; their biological and cultural bases, and phylogenetic and ontogenetic development".
For this purpose, the Foundation will award: Post-doctoral study grants.
These study grants are meant for the training and support of post-doctoral researchers working in disciplines relevant to the aims of the Foundation such as ethnology, paleontology, archaeology, anthropology, psychology, epistemology, logic and the neuroscience.
The Foundation wishes to support, more particularly, research in fields such as:
Ethnology - psychology: nature and development of the cognitive processes in man and animals, both ontogenetic and phylogenetic.
Neurobiology: Neurobiological bases of cognitive processes, their embryonic and post-natal development, and their elementary mechanisms.
Anthropology – Ethnology: cognitive aspects of the representations of both natural and cultural environments.
Human paleontology – Archaeology: origin and evolution of the human brain and human artifacts.
The study grants up to 25 000 Euros per year, study grants are intended to help young research scientists less than 35 years of age.