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Institute of Advanced Study

Durham Engagement & Support

Scholars from Durham University are the driving force behind the work of the Institute of Advanced Study. Staff can contribute to and benefit from the IAS in a number of ways.

IAS Fellowships

We encourage Durham scholars to support the IAS Fellowship scheme. Recruitment for the 2018/19 is now open (closing date: 30 June 2017). Full application details are available at: Please contact Linda Crowe if you wish to discuss or have any questions.

Fellowship and Activity Proposal Proformas

“Lies, Damned Lies and …”: Is There Such a Thing as Reliable Evidence? Annual IAS London Event 2016

“Lies, Damned Lies and …”: Is There Such a Thing as Reliable Evidence? Annual IAS London Event 2016

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IAS Annual Themes

Any individual, research group, or department can engage with the Institute's annual theme. Previous, past, current and future themes are broad, open to inflection, and designed to be as responsive as possible to research interests and strengths across the spectrum of disciplines at Durham.

Themes have been selected in consultation with all Durham departments and the IAS Advisory Council. They are chosen for their ability to resonate with research interests at Durham, for their interdisciplinary appeal, and their ability to contribute to internationally recognised cutting edge research.

The current IAS theme (2016/17) is Scale; the next theme (2017/18) will be Structure.

If you have any questions about a past, the current or next annual theme please contact Linda Crowe.

IAS Seed-Corn Funding

All members of staff are encouraged to develop research networks, programmes or proposals on the groundwork laid by IAS activities. The IAS provides seed-corn funding for a wide-range of inter- intra- and multi-disciplinary activities (workshops, conferences, seminar series, lecture series) linked to its annual theme to help develop international research networks, to build research capacity, and to support research grant applications and high-quality research publications.

The 2016/17 theme is Scale. The deadline has now passed for activity proposals under both annual themes, however if you have any questions please contact Linda Crowe.

The Institute has also developed a Research Incubation Strategy that provides additional support for those who wish to build on work developed under one of the Institute's previous annual themes. Please visit the Research Incubation Strategy webpage for further details.

Research Conversations

The Institute is available throughout the year to all Durham colleagues who wish to hold research conversations and meetings, and workshops to take forward inter- or multi-disciplinary research proposals or grant applications. There is no deadline to hold Research Conversations simply contact the IAS ( with details of the project, departments involved, and the dates you wish to hold your conversations.

Support is also available for research conversations linked to initiatives supported by the University's Seedcorrn Research Fund, or for those who are intending to apply to this fund. For specific details about the support available from the IAS in connection with the University's Seedcorn Fund, please visit the IAS Support for University Seedcorn Fund webpage.

Supporting Research Networks (outwith the Annual Theme)

From October to March the IAS hosts international Fellows and a range of activities linked to the annual themes that emerge from the annual scoping meetings. However, between April and September the IAS may be in a position to offer financial and in-kind support for projects of the highest calibre within and between disciplines (that require support beyond departmental or faculty level) and not necessarily linked to the annual theme. These might be grant applications, collaborative networks, writing projects, dissemination ventures, and other similar activities that will help to develop new capacity at Durham at the cutting-edge of a new or underexplored field of research, or to help support existing research excellence at Durham. Visit the Supporting Research Networks webpage for further details.

Christopherson/Knott Fellowships

Since 2007 the Christopherson/Knott Foundation Fellowships at Durham University have been brought under the IAS umbrella, conferring successful applicants with IAS affiliation during the period of their fellowship. Recipients of Christopherson/Knott Foundation Fellowships are automicatlly conferred with IAS Affiliate status for the duration of their Fellowship. For further infomation about the application process and current and former Fellows please visit the appropriate web-pages.