The École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), established in the Sorbonne in 1868, is acknowledged as one of France’s ‘grands établissements’ where research is undertaken in Life and Earth Sciences, Historical and Philological Sciences, and Religious Sciences.
The EPHE focuses on unique fields of knowledge. Lectures and other learning strategies, offered by over 260 faculty, provide an exceptional opportunity for immediate immersion into research as practiced in a myriad of fields including languages and religions of Pre-Islamic Central Asia, the major monotheistic faiths, Chinese archaeology, Hebrew palaeography, Greek dialectology and digital humanities in the sphere of Social Sciences and Humanities; coral reef biodiversity, neurosciences and cognitive science, cellular environment and regulation in the Life and Earth Sciences sector… as well as transdisciplinary issues that bridge these key areas of knowledge.
Remaining true to its initial mission, the EPHE continues to develop research skills through immersion in research practice and tailors its programs to today’s ever-changing global scientific landscape: its faculty members and its doctoral students are part of an intricate international network; many of its teams have contracts with the CNRS and other renowned organizations; it is part of PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres) University where it works hand-in-hand with other prestigious establishments; it is one of the founders of and is actively involved in the Campus Condorcet project – the Cité des Humanités et Sciences Sociales (Social Sciences and Humanities Campus), which is currently under construction in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers.
Ever mindful of the societal challenges of the scientific issues that it studies, the EPHE comprises three institutes which provide courses and which also have a primary role as an observatory: the European Institute of Religious Sciences, the Pacific Coral Reef Institute and the Transdisciplinary Institute for the Study of Aging.
Many world-renowned scientists and scholars have taught at the EPHE or have worked in its laboratories:
Émile Benveniste, Fernand Braudel, Claude Bernard, Marcellin Berthelot, Paul Broca, Henry Corbin, Georges Dumézil, Lucien Febvre, Étienne Gilson, Alexandre Koyré, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Sylvain Lévi, Alfred Loisy, Gaston Maspero, Louis Massignon, Marcel Mauss, Gabriel Monod, Lucie Randoin, Jean Rouch, Ferdinand de Saussure, Germaine Tillion.