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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study


The IAS welcomes its Epiphany Term of Fellows

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of Fellows for Epiphany term. A significant number of this term's 2019/20 Fellowship focus on two high-quality, IAS supported major interdisciplinary projects. These projects integrate several of our IAS Fellows with Durham scholars for a period of intensive collaboration. The IAS programme gives further detail about the specific projects and the planned activities over the term. In addition, there are also a number of Fellows who will be collaborating with other Durham colleagues while in Durham. 

The IAS Fellowship continues to play a major role in the life of the IAS. This term the IAS is joined by among others: international, scientific, and experimental artist Alexandra Carr; writer, social scientist and design researcher Dr Laura Forlano from the Illinois Institute of Technology; theoretical astrophysicist Professor Nelson Padilla from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile who researches galaxy formation and cosmology with a focus on the understanding of what the distribution of galaxies tells us about the underlying distribution of mass in the Universe; and Professor Bronwen Neil from Macquarie University whose research interests include: Byzantine social, cultural and intellectual history; and Late Antiquity.

Details of the full Fellowship can be found at, and further detailed information about the sponsored projects can be located here.

During the term all IAS Fellows will deliver an IAS seminar and a public lecture

(6 Jan 2020)

Call for IAS Projects: 2021/22

The Institute of Advanced Study supports the development of high-quality, creative and ambitious interdisciplinary research. Each year, the IAS facilitates and supports the development of four, cross-department ‘major projects’, and a number of smaller interdisciplinary research developments. 

The call for project proposals is now open.

Proposed projects must be genuinely interdisciplinary, innovative and ambitious. They should have both short- and longer-term objectives, and should aim to use the IAS’s developmental assistance to compose funding proposals that will fully support the research. The IAS particularly encourage projects that have the potential to build towards major applications for Leverhulme Centres, Wellcome Collaborative Awards, ERC Synergy grants, or similar. All projects must involve at least two departments, ideally in different faculties.

Full details about the process, projects and nominations and relevant forms are available on the IAS website here.

(15 Nov 2019) » More about Call for IAS Projects: 2021/22