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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Durham International Junior Research Fellowships

This is an archived page. Kept as a record until the formal end of the COFUND contract. This Fellowship is permanently closed for recruitment. Visitors interested in early career fellowships should visit the Durham University Vacancies Site or the Addison Wheeler Fellowship page. Information about other Senior Fellowships can be found on the IAS Fellowships page.

The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) scheme is 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 is aimed at researchers with significant post-doctoral experience, but recent doctorands of exceptional ability and researchers who have followed non-traditional academic career paths (such as in public corporations, NGOs or industry) are also encouraged to apply. JRFs will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration with academic researchers at Durham University.

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse spectrum of opportunities offered by the Institutes at Durham, which span the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, and link their proposals to research programmes of the Institutes and their constituent research centres. These Institutes are listed below. Applicants may, however, submit a research proposal that is independent of the Institutes or the Durham Business School, provided that they have a coherent and cogent reason why this research should be conducted in Durham: such 'free-standing' Junior Fellows will be affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Study.

To be eligible, in line with the terms of funding set by Marie Curie, "researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country [ie the UK] of the host organisation [ie Durham University] 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". The reference date is 1 July 2018. For full details please visit

There are no nationality restrictions, but the award of a Fellowship will be conditional on a visa and work permit being secured, if required, from the UK Border Agency.

A member of the Durham academic staff will act as host and Mentor for each Fellow. Before applying, applicants MUST seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host. The host will help them to refine their research proposal and ensure that the appropriate facilities for the conduct of the research project are available in the University. The host is required to complete a proforma (below), which is a required part of the application documentation. For advice on finding hosts, please visit our Finding an Academic Host page.

For further details about this scheme and how to apply please consult the 'JRF Further Particulars' document below as well as the Additional Application Guidance page.

Application materials will need to be submitted through the Durham University online application system . The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 1 December 2017.

We are fully committed to eliminating discrimination and actively promoting equality of opportunity for our staff and students in line with our University Strategy. For more information please visit our Diversity and Equality page.

Information about current and former Junior Research Fellows, along with their Departments, Institutes and research, can be accessed at our Junior Research Fellows page.

The DIFeREns2 project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609412.