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Institute of Advanced Study

Further Particulars for IAS Fellowship Scheme

Recruitment for the 2018/19 Fellowship is now closed (closing date: 30 June 2017). Applications will no longer be accepted.

Introduction to the IAS

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) was launched in October 2006 to mark the 175th anniversary of the foundation of Durham University. The aim of the Institute is to foster creative interdisciplinary thinking – and to communicate this to public audiences – through dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. At the core of IAS activities lies a now internationally acclaimed Fellowship programme. This allows the IAS to gather together distinguished scholars and non-academics (e.g. artists, writers, journalists, policy makers, and politicians) from the full spectrum of sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities to address shared research areas and topics. By recruiting Fellows from all around the world, the IAS fosters an exciting intellectual environment in which scholars from diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds can exchange ideas. A recurring comment in their subsequent reports is that their Fellowship experience has transformed the way they think.

Fellowships are available for a 3-month period between October 2018 and March 2019. Applications are considered from researchers or non-academics who have a well-established or strongly emerging international reputation, have made major contributions to their field, and can provide 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. It is hoped that the research or professional interests
of applicants could complement the 2018/19 research projects sponsored by the IAS (see:

Please note that these Fellowships are not available to undergraduate or postgraduate students. A completed PhD is the minimum requirement for applicants undertaking a traditional academic trajectory, or an equivalent level of experience in other areas.

What the fellowships offer

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

For the duration of their stay, all Fellows will be provided office space. In addition, all Fellows will be welcomed into a College where they will be offered accommodation (in a one bedroom flat, or similar), and half-board, where possible in catered Colleges, 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 (return fare – economy class), and will provide all Fellows with an honorarium (£3,000 for three months).

Limited funds exist for teaching buy-outs or contribution to loss of income. Academics who will not be on research leave/sabbatical leave whilst taking up a Fellowship in Durham are eligible to apply for teaching buy-out costs of up to £8,000 (for the three month period). Alternatively individuals who will experience a loss of income as a result of accepting an IAS Fellowship are eligible to apply for a contribution towards their salary/earnings of the same amount (up to £8,000).

Fellows' contribution to the IAS:

To ensure the best experience, Fellows are required to:

  • Reside in Durham for three months;

  • Participate in IAS activities and engage with staff and research students in relevant Departments and Colleges at Durham University;

  • Present a ‘work in progress’ IAS seminar;

  • Deliver a public lecture;

  • 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 output;

  • Contribute, where appropriate, to other relevant activities in IAS sponsored research projects;

  • Acknowledge IAS support in any publications resulting from their Fellowship in Durham;

  • Produce an ‘End of Fellowship’ report of no more than 1,000 words detailing their activities and achievements during their time at the IAS.

How to apply

IAS Sponsored Projects 2018/19

Fellows who meet the criteria under the grant agreement 609412 will be COFUNDED between Durham University and the EU. This does not affect either the application process or selection considerations.