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Institute of Advanced Study

Fellowship Schemes

The IAS was founded as a high-profile initiative to showcase Durham University's research capacity, including promoting excellence nationally and internationally, facilitating multi- and inter-disciplinary research, catalysing new research capacity, and harnessing the potential for creativity and collaboration. Furthering these aims and lying at the heart of the Institute’s activities are the Fellowship programmes organised and administered by the IAS.

Our Fellowships are designed to attract talented researchers, both junior and senior, from across the globe and build international networks with a common passion for the deepest theoretical questions and most pressing practical problems facing humanity. We are able to bring academics to Durham via IAS Fellowship programme and the DIFeREns Fellowships. The DIFeREns scheme has also seen the introduction of Junior Research Fellowship, as well as Senior Research Fellowships and Policy & Enterprise Fellowships.

Our Fellows advance their research, engage with departments and colleges, deliver public lectures, papers and seminars, and, above all, join an international community of researchers to collaborate with Departments and Institutes.

In its continued work to achieve its aims, the IAS receives support across the University from Senior Officers, Faculties, Departments and Colleges. Their direct involvement in engaging with the IAS is attributable to the Institute’s continued success to attract the very best to Durham.

Senior Fellows are usually accommodated within one of Durham's sixteen Colleges. These offer and forge interdisciplinary communities and enable cross-disciplinary conversations and relationships to develop for our Fellows with hosts and students alike. During their stay Fellows are able to enjoy the sense of College community which thrives at Durham.

We invite you to review our Fellowship options and if you have any questions or queries please contact Linda Crowe on +44 (0) 191 334 4686.

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Recruitment for the 2018/19 Fellowship closed 30 June 2017. Applications can no longer be accepted.

The Institute of Advanced Study is Durham University’s flagship interdisciplinary research institute, providing a forum for debate and collaboration across the entire disciplinary spectrum. The Institute seeks to catalyse new thinking on major annual themes by bringing together leading international academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners.

Applications for the 2018/19 Fellowship can no longer be a accepted (until 30 June 2017) and please note late applications cannot be accpeted.. Up to 20, three-month fellowships (October-December 2018 and January-March 2019). Applicants may be from any academic discipline or professional background involving research, and they may come from anywhere in the world (though preference is given to International applicants). IAS Fellowships include an honorarium, funds for travel, accommodation, subsistence and costs associated with replacement teaching or loss of salary (where appropriate).


Durham offers Fellows time and freedom to think, away from the demands of their everyday professional lives. By recruiting Fellows from all around the world, the IAS also fosters an exciting intellectual environment in which thinkers from diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds can exchange ideas. Fellows will engage and forge strong links with at least one department at Durham, and are given the opportunity to deliver papers in many different settings.

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