Durham International Senior Fellowships (COFUND)

The EU-sponsored Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns) allows Durham University to gather together scholars, researchers, policy makers or practitioners from around the world and across the full spectrum of science, social science, arts and humanities to address themes of global significance in collaboration with Durham's Research Institutes and researchers.

As part of the DIFeREns scheme Durham University recruits two types of Senior Fellows:

  • Senior Research Fellowships
  • Policy and Enterprise Fellowships

Up to 24 Fellowships will be available in (2017-18): 16 Senior Research Fellowships and 8 Policy and Enterprise Fellowships.

Applications are encouraged from individuals who wish to work on collaborative research projects with one of Durham University's thematic Institutes or with the Durham University Business School (DUBS) :

  • Biophysical Sciences Institute (BSI)
  • Durham Energy Institute (DEI)
  • Durham Global Security Institute (DGSI)
  • Institute of Advanced Research Computing (iARC)
  • Institute of Computational Cosmology (ICC)
  • Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR)
  • Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)
  • Institute of Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP)
  • Wolfson Research Institute (WRI)

However, applications are also welcome from individuals wishing to collaborate on a research project associated with other research groups or Research Centres at Durham University.

Durham University’s Senior Research Fellowship programme is designed to attract lively, inventive and influential figures in academia, to provide them with an environment in Durham that will challenge their thinking and ours and to foment new and sustainable research collaborations across the panoply of our collective activities.

Fellowships are available for periods of 6 weeks to 6 months between October 2016 and September 2017 (with a typical stay of 3 months). Applications are considered from researchers with an established or emerging international reputation for scholarship or research leadership.

Research proposals must be developed collaboratively with researchers in Durham.


To meet the eligibility requirements of the EU Marie Curie programme, applicants may not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the 36 months prior to the reference date for this call (1 July 2017). Up to 16 Durham Senior Research Fellowships are available in 2016-17.

Applicants from any discipline are eligible to apply.

Applicants should be active researchers with an established or emerging international reputation for scholarship and research leadership. They must satisfy the EU definition of an ‘Experienced Researcher’.

Before applying, applicants must seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host.


For the duration of their stay, Durham Senior Research Fellows will be provided with

  • an office with a computer and access to the University’s IT network;
  • accommodation in a one or two-bedroom flat, usually in one of Durham’s 16 Colleges;
  • membership of a College Senior Common Room;
  • IAS Affiliate status with the opportunity that affords to participate in its academic, social and cultural activities;
  • access to Durham’s specialist research facilities.

During term-time, Fellows will be provided with meals in a College.

Durham University will cover the costs associated with the Senior Research Fellow travelling to Durham, UK from their home institution (return fare–economy class) and will provide all Senior Research Fellows with an honorarium (€4,200 for three months, prorated for shorter stays, not subject to UK tax).

Expectations of Durham Senior Research Fellows

To ensure the best experience Durham Senior Research Fellows are expected to

  • be based in Durham for the duration of the Fellowship;
  • participate in activities and engage with staff and research students in the relevant Institute, Research Centre or Department, and College;
  • participate in IAS events (such as seminars, lectures and social events) where appropriate;
  • produce an ‘End of Fellowship’ report detailing their activities and achievements during their Senior Research Fellowship;
  • deliver appropriate outputs (normally those specified in their research proposal);
  • acknowledge the support of the IAS and EU in any publications resulting from their Fellowship in Durham.

In addition, each Fellow will be invited to give a public lecture / seminar.

Application date
6 Jan 2017
Typically 3 months
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Program Type
Excellent Science Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
Grants available
Award granted
€ 4.200 + travel fare and accommodation