WIRL-COFUND | Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Leadership Programme

The IAS WIRL-COFUND project has received funding the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme (grant agreement number 713548) to develop the next generation of research leaders. WIRL-COFUND will build on the successful training model developed in the IAS fellowship programmes to bring together early career researchers from around the world into an interdisciplinary research environment. WIRL-COFUND fellows will be expected to undertake research in an area that is linked to one of the Warwick Global Research Priorities.

Each fellow will participate in the IAS Academic Careers and Leadership (Accolade) Programme, an extensive training programme aimed at building an independent research profile and establishing a research career.

The programme will recruit 30 fellows from around the world over a five year period, and the first cohort started in September 2017. Calls will be open to researchers who meet the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions definition of an Experienced Researcher and conform to the mobility requirements of the COFUND scheme (no more than 12 months spent in the UK in the previous three years).

The second call for applicants is now open until 30th November 2017.

Duration of and number of Fellowships

The IAS will offer up to 30 WIRL-COFUND Fellowships over the period 2017-2022. Each  individual fellowship will be a fixed-term non-renewable 24-month contract. Up to 8 fellowships will be available in the 2017 call for applicants. The starting date for fellowships in the 2017 call is September 2018.

Expectations of the Fellowship

  • To conduct an independent research project of the applicant’s choice that a ligns with at least one of the Global Research Priorities supported at the University of Warwick and extends the work beyond a disciplinary specialism;
  • To enhance the researcher’s profile and track record though outputs, networking and dissemination activity; developing at least two publications and running at least one event for external participants;
  • To join a cohort of existing IAS Early Career, Global Research and other WIRL-COFUND fellows at the Institute of Advanced Study and participate in the Academic Careers & Leadership (Accolade) programme;
  • Undertake an overseas or national secondment with a specialist research institute or professional organisation (industrial, charitable, government body, etc.) to explore partnership, public engagement, policy and dissemination opportunities as appropriate to the research objectives.

Who can apply?

Fellowships are open to applicants of any discipline who are able to demonstrate the ability to apply or extend their knowledge beyond disciplinary specialisms and propose a comprehensive and innovative research project that aligns with at least one of Warwick’s cross-faculty GRPs. Each GRP is interdisciplinary in nature and therefore open to contributions from researchers of any faculty/disciplinary field. Fellowships are also suitable to those wishing to pursue discipline hopping research.

The WIRL-COFUND Fellowships are primarily aimed at post-doctoral researchers in the early stages of their career who wish to establish an independent career by developing their own research ideas. The following criteria are essential in order to be considered for a fellowship award:

  • Applicants should have a track record of producing research outputs such as peer-reviewed publications in which they have played a significant role, conference & research presentations and contributions to symposia and compiled volumes;
  • Applicants may be of any nationality but must be fluent in English (both written and spoken. For further guidance on English language tests for UK visas please see here);
  • Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply but applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline given above. All successful candidates will need to the right to work in the United Kingdom and, where necessary, have the appropriate visa before taking up the fellowships;
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a research career and show how they will use the fellowship advance this aim.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via the University of Warwick Job Search System.

Important Dates

  • Call for applications open | 1st October 2017
  • Call closes | 30th November 2017 (23:59 UK Time)
  • Eligibility checks | 1st- 14th December 2017
  • Applications sent out for review | 15th December 2017
  • IAS office closed for christmas period | 23rd December 2017 - 3rd January 2018
  • Moderation Panel meeting | 8th March 2018
  • Invitation to interview sent out | 12th March 2018
  • Interviews | 2nd - 4th May 2018
  • Notification of successful & unsuccessful candidates | after 10th May 2018
  • WIRL-COFUND Cohort 2 start | September 2018

Please note that all dates and times refer to UK local time. The IAS may change these dates as appropriate.

Redress & Feedback

Because of the high number of applications expected, it will not be possible to provide feedback to candidates who are not invited for interview.

Applicants who are interviewed will receive feedback on the outcome of their interview and an overall assessment of their application, its assessment score and strengths and weaknesses as identified during the interview.

Candidates will have the right to submit a request for redress following the outcome of the eligibility, shortlisting and interview stages. Redress will only apply to matters of eligibility and the decisions of the panels and reviewers will not be open to appeal. A Committee comprising the Moderating Panel membership will consider and review any matters of redress, the outcome of which will be communicated by the IAS Director (Panel Chair).

Application date
30 Nov 2017
24 months
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History 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 9 years
H2020 programme type
Excellent Science Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
Grants available