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Institute of Advanced Study

Further Particulars for IAS Fellowship Scheme

Recruitment for the 2019/20 Fellowship is now open (closing date: 08 June 2018).

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. Fellowship applicants can apply to join Durham colleagues in one of these collaborative teams to develop ground-breaking ideas, explore interdisciplinary synergies and develop new programmes of research.

Applications are now invited for the academic year 2019/20.

Fellowships are available for a 3-month period between October 2019 and March 2020. 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 a significant role in shaping their discipline or field through their outputs, achievements and indicators of esteem.

It is advantageous if the interests and proposed activities of applicants complement the 2019/20 research projects sponsored by the IAS (see:

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 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:

  • 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;
  • 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. In this case the project PI (see: add hyperlink to projects) 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 2019/20