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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

IAS Fellowship Nomination - Information and Process 2021/22

IAS Fellowship Nomination - Information and Process

The IAS is delighted to open a call for nominations for its 2021/22 cohort of Fellows.

Up to 15 visiting IAS Fellowships are available during 2021/22. The deadline for nominations is Monday 13 July 2020.

Fellowship nominations can only be made by Durham academics for potential Fellows who would be invited to Durham for a 3-month period.

Nominations can be made in relation to the any of the four major 2021/22 projects, or to support collaborations with Durham colleagues on other research developments.

Those nominators wishing to nominate scholars to collaborate on any of the four major projects, are also encouraged to consider nominees from beyond their own disciplinary areas, to widen the range of perspectives brought to bear on the research questions.

All nominations should be for international, world-leading researchers (or practitioners, such as writers, artists, policy makers etc.) who meet the criteria for the IAS Distinguished Fellowship scheme, and thus nominees must have a well-established or strongly emerging international reputation; they must have made major contributions to their field and a substantial publication record (or equivalent achievements); and they must be able to provide substantial evidence of research leadership and/or public impact. They are expected to have played a significant role in shaping their discipline or field through their outputs, achievements and indicators of esteem.

Please note that nominations for an IAS Fellowships cannot be made for undergraduate or postgraduate students. A completed PhD with five years’ post-doctoral experience is the minimum eligibility requirement for an IAS Fellowship for those undertaking a traditional academic trajectory, and practioners must have a genuinely equivalent level of experience and track record in other areas. Nominations for early career researchers will only be considered if they demonstrate exceptional promise. Previous holders of an IAS Fellowship are not eligible for a further Fellowship either by nomination or application.

Nominations will be assessed by the IAS Directorate in July 2020. The IAS is committed to the goals of diversity and equal opportunity, and particularly encourages nomination of scholars from under-represented groups.

What the Fellowships offer:

An IAS Fellowship provides recipients with the opportunity to develop their ideas and collaborations in a thriving community of researchers, and through engagement with the University’s Departments, Institutes and Colleges.

All Fellows will be provided with office space. Each will be welcomed into a Durham College where they will be offered accommodation (in a one bedroom flat, or similar), and membership of the College’s Senior Common Room.

The IAS will cover the costs associated with the Fellow travelling to Durham from their home institution (one return fare – economy class), and will provide all Fellows with an honorarium (£3,000 for three months; pro-rata for a shorter stay, but not for less than a 2-month Fellowship).

Fellows’ contribution to the IAS:

Fellows are required to fulfil a number of expectations:

  • They will reside in Durham for three months; however, if this is impossible, the IAS may consider alternative arrangements as long as the Fellowship provides significant benefits to Durham’s research community; however a two-month stay is the minimum duration of a Fellowship. Honoraria will be paid pro rata in accord with the time spent in Durham;
  • Fellows will participate in IAS activities, including informal discussions and networking within the IAS community, and engage with staff and research students in relevant Departments, Institutes and Colleges at the University;
  • They will present a ‘work in progress’ IAS seminar within the IAS;
  • They will deliver a public lecture with a Durham College;
  • They will either:
  1. establish a collaborative undertaking with a Durham academic: this can be a joint publication; research project; co-convened workshop or conference; exhibition; or other joint research development


  2. Contribute to IAS major research projects.
  • They must acknowledge IAS support in any publications resulting from their Fellowship in Durham;
  • They must produce an ‘End of Fellowship’ report of no more than 1,000 words detailing their activities and achievements during their time at the IAS, within one month of completing their Fellowship.

Nomination Evaluation

All nominations will be evaluated by the IAS Fellowship Selection Committee according to the following criteria:

  • Criterion 1. International standing and contribution of the candidate to the field, as appropriate to the career stage of the candidate (40%)
  • Criterion 2. Quality of the proposed research activities while at the IAS (30%)
  • Criterion 3. Contribution to the wider scholarly community at Durham (20%)
  • Criterion 4. Collegiality and ability to contribute to the community of IAS Fellows (10%)

Please note that nominations lacking any of the required documentation(e.g. references, CV etc.) by the submission deadline will not be considered.