IAS Durham 2017-18 Fellowship Program: "Structure"
The Institute of Advanced Study is Durham University’s flagship interdisciplinary research institute, providing a central forum for debate and collaboration across the entire disciplinary spectrum. The Institute seeks to catalyse new thinking on major annual themes by bringing together leading international academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners.
Fellowships are available for a 3-month period between October 2017 and March 2018. 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 2017/18 annual theme. Up to 20 IAS Fellowships are available each year.
The theme for 2017/18, for which applications are now invited, is Structure, interpreted in its broadest sense to be of potential interest to those working in a wide range of disciplines. A number of tentative sub-themes have already been identified, including:
- Structural Relations;
- Structural Dependencies and Impositions;
- Structure and Sustainability;
- Structure and Scale;
- Structure and Representation;
- Structure and Interdisciplinarity;
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
Fellows can engage in these sub-themes or propose others.
- Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply (including UK citizens);
- Applicants from any discipline are eligible to apply;
- Applicants may come from an academic or non-academic background (e.g. public intellectuals, artists, writers, film makers, journalists, policy makers, politicians);
- Applications should be 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.
What the fellowships offer
An 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, 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 where they will be offered half-board 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 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 periods.
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.
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, as well as 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 of no more than 1,000 words) detailing their activities and achievements during their time at the IAS.