Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Fellowship 2018, UK


June 08, 2018



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Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Fellowship 

The Institute of Advanced Study is one of Durham University’s flagship interdisciplinary research institutes. The Institute aims to build research capacity, realise potential, and meet the challenges of a changing world by bringing together world-leading scholars and practitioners from all disciplines to work with Durham colleagues on collaborative projects of major intellectual, scientific, political and practical significance.

Up to 20, three-month fellowships are available (October-December and January-March) each year. 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, 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.

The 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 traveling 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply (though preference will be given to International applicants);
  • Applicants from any discipline are eligible to apply;
  • Applicants may come from an academic or non-academic background (e.g. public intellectuals, artists, writers, filmmakers, journalists, policymakers, politicians);
  • Applications should be 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/or public impact. They are expected to have played a significant role in shaping their discipline or field through their outputs, achievements, and indicators of esteem;
  • Applicants must submit a complete application as described in the Application Procedures. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted or considered;
  • Applicants must agree to the conditions of the IAS Fellowships as described in the Further Particulars.

Application Procedures

The following application materials are required

  1. A letter of application;
  2. A Curriculum Vitae/Resume;
  3. Two references;
  4. A Fellowship proposal;

The Fellowship proposal (#4) must also additionally be copied into the relevant proforma (see: below) and submitted for peer review to a Durham academic with whom the proposed research most closely aligns. Applicants must allow sufficient time to make contact with a potential Reviewer to allow them sufficient time to complete the review and return it directly to the IAS by the 08 June deadline. It is also essential that the letter of application confirms that this pro forma has been submitted and to whom. If it is not possible to determine an appropriate departmental reviewer, this must be noted in the letter of application. Further details about how to locate an appropriate reviewer are noted below.

Letter of Application

The letter of application must make clear which period applicants would like to spend at Durham (October-December 2019 OR January-March 2020. If either period is suitable please indicate). 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). If such a teaching buy-out or a contribution is required a costing must be included with the application. Note that this cannot be done retrospectively (i.e. once an offer of a Fellowship has been made) so applicants should consult with their home institution prior to applying.

The IAS normally offers to teach buy-out costs at junior replacement level, up to £8,000 (for the full three month period). In due course, should the IAS offer a Fellowship, a letter from the applicant’s home institution will be required supporting this claim. The buy-out costs of salaried Fellows will be paid directly to their home institutions. Fellows who are self-employed will be reimbursed directly. Applicants must indicate in the letter of application if they will be accompanied by a spouse or partner and/or if they have a family that will be travelling with them. However, accommodation suitable for families is limited and the IAS cannot guarantee that such accommodation will be provided. The IAS cannot cover the costs of family travel or family subsistence.

Finally, applicants must indicate in the letter of application how they were made aware of the Fellowship (word of the month; via their own institution; website etc.).

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

The Curriculum Vitae/Resume should include evidence of research interests and career to date, international recognition and impact in the field.


References should be emailed by referees directly to the IAS Administrator (Linda Crowe) by the appropriate deadline. The IAS will not make any request for references, including any not received by the application deadline. References should include comments about the applicant's standing in their particular field, the quality of the applicant's research, the level of recognition that has been received for this research, the quality of the proposed research to be undertaken at Durham, and the degree to which the applicant would contribute to and benefit from being in an interdisciplinary community of Fellows.

Fellowship Proposal

The Fellowship proposal (c.500-1000 words) should describe the activities planned whilst holding an IAS Fellowship, the contacts and contribution envisaged in Durham. Applicants should take into consideration the evaluation criteria when completing the proposal. This must be submitted with the application letter and CV.

The Fellowship proposal should also be uploaded to the pro forma and sent to an appropriate Durham academic at least two weeks before the application deadline. The application deadline is 08 June 2018 and therefore contact with a Durham scholar must be made by 25 May 2018. All applicants must seek the agreement of a Durham academic to review their research proposal. Durham Peer Reviewers must return the completed pro forma by the application deadline of 08 June 2018. If the Durham academic agrees to act as Reviewer, he/she will complete the relevant section of the pro forma and return it directly to the IAS (not to the applicant). Please note: all applicants are expected to seek an appropriate peer reviewer; the IAS will not do this for them.

The IAS recommends using the Find an expert section of Durham University’s research directory. This has a tool for searching the Research Directory. Here applicants can search for a particular research topic and find associated staff members and publications.

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May 29, 2018
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