Further Particulars for IAS Fellowship Scheme
Recruitment for the 2016/17 Fellowship is now open - closing date 05 June 2015
Introduction to the IASThe IAS was launched in October 2006 to mark the 175th anniversary of the foundation of Durham University. The aim of the Institute is to foster creative interdisciplinary thinking – and to communicate this to public audiences – through dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. At the core of IAS activities lies a now internationally acclaimed Fellowship programme organised around an annual research theme. This allows the IAS to gather together scholars and non-academics (e.g. artists, writers, journalists, policy makers, and politicians) from the full spectrum of sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities to address themes of global significance. Located at the centre of Durham’s World Heritage Site, the Institute provides its Fellows with a setting that offers them 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 provides an exciting intellectual environment in which scholars from diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds can exchange ideas. A recurring comment in their subsequent reports is that their Fellowship experience has transformed the way they think.
2016-17 ThemeApplications for the IAS Fellowship 2016/17 will not be accepted before 22 April 2015.
The theme for 2016-17 is Scale, interpreted in its broadest sense to be of potential interest to those working in a wide range of disciplines. A number of specific sub-themes have already been identified, including:
- Temporal and Spatial Scales
- Understanding and Representing Scale
- Human Scale
- Scale and Measurement
- Living Scales
- Sustaining Scales
- Governing Scales
- Technological Scale
- Scalability and the effects of Scale
Fellowships are available for a 3-month period between October 2016 and March 2017. 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/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. It is expected that the research or professional interests of applicants will complement the 2016/17 annual theme. Up to 20 IAS Fellowships are available each year.
What the fellowships offerAn IAS Fellowship provides recipients with the opportunity to develop their ideas in a thriving community of researchers, within the Institute, through engagement with the University’s Departments and Colleges.
For the duration of their stay, all Fellows will be provided with a single occupancy office in Cosin’s Hall, the home of the Institute of Advanced Study. The Hall, a magnificent listed building dedicated to the IAS and elegantly refurbished, is situated at the centre of a World Heritage site that includes Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. In addition, all Fellows will be welcomed into a College community where they will be offered half-board accommodation (in a one or two bedroom flat), 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 (return fare – economy class), and will provide all Fellows with an honorarium (£3,000 for three months or pro rata for shorter stays).
Limited funds exist for teaching buy-outs or contributions 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.
Fellows' contribution to the IAS:To ensure the best experience at the IAS, 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 and a public lecture;
- Write a short paper (3-5,000 words) for the Institute’s E-publication Insights;
- Contribute, where appropriate, to other relevant activities in the thematic programme;
- Acknowledge IAS support in any publications resulting from their Fellowship in Durham;
- Produce an ‘End of Fellowship’ report (no more than 1,000 words) detailing their activities and achievements during their time at the IAS.