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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 scheme is designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond, and to build international networks of scholars with a common passion for today’s most important research challenges. Junior Research Fellowships are recruited to commence between July and October. Starting salaries are in the range of £31,342 - £35,256 p.a. For details on this scheme visit the Junior Research Fellowship Scheme webpage.

Senior Fellowship Scheme

This scheme is 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 are recruited: Senior Research Fellowships and Policy and Enterprise Fellowships. For details on this scheme visit the Senior Fellowship Scheme webpage.

To be eligible for either scheme, in line with the terms of funding set by Marie Skłodowska-Curie, "researchers must 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 the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account". Please see the Further Particulars of each scheme for details.

“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