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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (COFUND)

The IAS administers the Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns). DIFeREns (2010 - 2014) and DIFeREns2 (2014 - 2019) have received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement numbers 267209 and 609412. The schemes are COFUNDed by Durham University and European Union, and encompass two main fellowship schemes:

Junior Research Fellowship Scheme

The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) scheme was designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond, and build international networks of scholars with a common passion for the deepest theoretical questions and most pressing practical problems facing humanity. The JRF scheme recruited researchers with significant post-doctoral experience, recent doctorands of exceptional ability and researchers who have followed non-traditional academic career paths (such as in public corporations, NGOs or industry). Junior Research Fellows pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration with academic researchers at Durham University.

Senior Fellowship Scheme

This scheme was designed to gather together scholars, researchers, policy makers or practitioners from around the world and across the full spectrum of science, social science, arts and humanities to address themes of global significance in collaboration with Durham’s Research Institutes and researchers. Two classes of Fellowship were recruited: Senior Research Fellowships and Policy and Enterprise Fellowships.

There is a large college of current and former COFUND Fellows. Information about them, along with their Departments, Institutes and research, can be accessed at our Junior Research Fellows page and our Senior Fellows page.

‘The COFUND scheme aim[ed] to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions’. The funding was to open up ‘regional, national, and international programmes […] and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career’. In line with these aims to be eligible for either scheme researchers could not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment reference date’.

Archived pages can be found at the following links, which include the: recruitment procedures, Further Particulars, diversity guidance and FAQs for both the Junior Research Fellowship Scheme and Senior Fellowship Scheme. These pages have been stored for historic purposes but the Fellowships are no longer recruiting.

A copy of the Junior Research Fellowship 2011 - 2015 Report can be downloaded via the hyperlink.

“For the duration of the Fellowship, I was fully integrated in the life of Durham University, participating to workshops, colloquia and seminars, strengthening and deepening the fruitful contacts and links already established (March, 2012)”

Dr Isabella Lazzarini, University of Molise, Italy