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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Further Particulars for IAS Fellowship Scheme

Recruitment for the 2020/21 Fellowship will open on 01 April 2019 and close on 07 June. Applications will not be accepted before the opening date or after the closing date. Please read the application details carefully. Only full applications will be accepted. Any applications missing any part of the requisite information will not be processed.


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 IAS is a prestigious, ideas-based Institute with global reach. The IAS brings together world-leading researchers from all disciplines to work with Durham colleagues on collaborative projects of major intellectual, scientific, political and practical significance. At least twenty visiting IAS Fellows will come to Durham each year to work with its scholars to spark new investigations, set tomorrow's agenda and participate in a varied programme of activities. The IAS aims to build research capacity, realise potential, and meet the challenges of a changing world.

Each year, the Institute supports four ambitious interdisciplinary projects tackling major research questions. It is advantageous if the interests and proposed activities of applicants complement the 2020/21 research projects sponsored by the IAS (see: www.dur.ac.uk/ias/themes/202021projects in due course; projects will be available shortly before the 01 April opening date). Applicants can therefore apply to join a project team during the Fellowship period (see pro forma at the end). However, fellowship applicants can also apply to join Durham colleagues in other collaborative projects, to develop ground-breaking ideas, explore interdisciplinary synergies and develop new programmes of research.
It is a condition of the Fellowship that a research collaboration is undertaken.


Applications for the academic year 2020/21 can be made after 01 April 2019 only.

Fellowships are available for a 3-month period between October 2020 and March 2021. 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/orpublic impact. They are expected to have played, or demonstrated the potential to play, a significant role in shaping their discipline or field through their outputs, achievements and indicators of esteem.

Please note that these Fellowships are not available to undergraduate or postgraduate students. At the time of application, 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 and collaborations 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 Durham College where they will be offered accommodation (in a one bedroom flat, or similar), 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 (one 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 or pro rata for shorter stays). 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:

  • Where possible, reside in Durham for three months; however, if this is not possible, the IAS will consider alternative arrangements as long as these provide significant benefits to Durham’s research community;
  • Participate in IAS activities, including informal discussions and networking within the IAS community, and engage with staff and research students in relevant Departments and Colleges at Durham University;
  • Present a ‘work in progress’ IAS seminar with the IAS;
  • Deliver a public lecture with a Durham College;
  • Either:
    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
  • Or:
    contribute, where appropriate, to other relevant activities in IAS sponsored research projects. Project details for 2020/21 will be updated to the IAS website shortly before the 01 April opening date. In this case the project PI should be asked to peer review your proposal;
  • 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 2020/21

Resources