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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Additional Application Guidance

This page aims to:

  • Augment the Further Particulars that set out the full documentation required and the selection procedures.
  • Reduce the amount of superfluous information and documents uploaded by applicants.

CV / Résumé

We are committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting policies to tackle bias (both conscious and unconscious). It is NOT necessary to include the following on your CV:

  • Date of Birth
  • Photo
  • Marital Status
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion
  • Political Affiliation

Applications will be scored against the criteria in the Further Particulars irrespective of their age, appearance, marital status, gender, race, religion or beliefs, disability, or sexual orientation. Keeping such information off your CV will help us to achieve this aim.

Research Proposal

This should be a statement of 500-1000 words detailing the planned programme of work whilst holding a Junior Research Fellowship at a level that will allow an expert assessor to judge the quality, originality and ambition of the proposed research. This scheme is open to applicants from all disciplines therefore it would not be appropriate to make a one-size-fits-all recommendation of how this should be done. Applicants would, however, do well to consider whether their proposal has shown both the content of the project (ie the work) and the phases of the research (e.g. the planning) and if known the expected outputs. It should include a concise title of what you propose to research.

Should the proposal include references and a bibliography? It is probably in an applicant’s interest to show an element of context in what they are proposing to research. We often get asked whether bibliographies / references should be included in the word count. The answer is if done correctly no, but we are aware of the trick of using references and bibliographies to make a point while avoiding a word count. A clearly marked selected bibliography at the end of the proposal would be considered acceptable. A multi-page bibliography including every work ever published on the research area proposed or many additional footnotes: probably not. Selection panel members have to read many applications, applicants that do not bare this in mind and who push beyond the upper limits do themselves no favours.

Uploading Files

We recommend that:

  • The required documents are uploaded as separate documents rather than one long super-document.
  • Files are given appropriate and distinctive names, such as: ‘Cover Letter – APPLICANT SURNAME.doc’ or ‘CV – APPLICANT SURNAME.pdf’

Other information

Despite not requesting them, in previous rounds we have received a panoply of: Posters, Sample Writings (including a 300 page book pdf), Teaching Portfolios, Certificate for ranking 3rd in Information Technology department in 4th year study of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) etc. Please submit the documents that we request and stand out for the right reasons.