December 13 2019.


United Kingdom.

(Fully Funded)


IAS Vanguard Fellowships Programme

This programme aims to attract outstanding early and mid-career researchers from global leading institutions, operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines, to work collaboratively with colleagues at the University of Birmingham.
Colleagues will focus on new and existing areas – topics that are timely, relevant, address national and international priorities, and cross disciplinary boundaries.

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Promoting different and new ways of thinking about problems lies at the heart of the IAS mission. Diversity of thought comes in part from diversity of experiences and cultures.
A high proportion of recent nominations for IAS Vanguard Fellowships have been white male candidates. In the coming round, The University challenge colleagues to nominate people in the early stages of their independent careers from a more diverse range of backgrounds, and particularly welcome the nomination of women and people from minority ethnic groups as visiting fellows to share knowledge and establish long-term collaborations.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

Arts and Law:

  • African Studies and Anthropology.
  • American and Canadian Studies.
  • Art History, Curating and Visual Studies.
  • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology.
  • Cultural Heritage.
  • Drama.
  • English Language.
  • English Literature.
  • History.
  • Law.
  • Modern Languages.
  • Music.
  • Philosophy.
  • The Shakespeare Institute.
  • Theology and Religion.

Engineering and Physical Sciences:

  • Quantum Technology Hub.
  • Healthcare Technologies Institute.
  • Energy.
  • Railways.
  • Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Chemistry.
  • Computer Science.
  • Civil Engineering.
  • Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Mathematics.
  • Metallury and Materials.
  • Physics.

Life and Environmental Sciences:

  • Biosciences.
  • Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • Psychology.
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Medical and Dental Sciences:

  • Applied Health Research.
  • Cancer and Genomic Sciences.
  • Cardiovascular Sciences.
  • Clinical Sciences.
  • Immunology and Immunotherapy.
  • Inflammation and Ageing.
  • Metabolism and Systems Research.
  • Microbiology and Infection.

Social Sciences:

  • Birmingham Business School.
  • Education.
  • Government and Society.
  • Social Policy.

For more information about the research area check the link here.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Fellows normally expect fellows to spend a period of between 4 and 8 weeks on campus.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Academic excellence and standing against career stage of the proposed Vanguard Fellow; Please note that the University seek early/mid-career researchers would normally be within 15 years of achieving their PhD, who hold a research post in academia, industry, charity, arts or other organisations, which are equivalent to academic post of Lecturer or above, or who hold an individual Principal Investigator Fellowship.
  • The extent to which the visit has the potential to enhance existing collaborative research or pump prime new areas.
  • The Vanguard Fellow will be expected to:
    – Participate in IAS activities and engage with staff and research students in relevant Departments, Schools and Colleges at The University of Birmingham.
    – Present an IAS seminar and or public lecture.
    – Write a short report on activities and achievements against objectives outlined at application stage (within 6 months of the end of the fellowship).
    – Acknowledge IAS support in any publications resulting from their period of stay in Birmingham.
    – Become a member of the cohort of IAS Vanguard alumni group.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

The IAS will:

  • Arrange the appropriate invitation and visa for non EEA visitors.
  • Arrange and cover costs of the Fellow traveling to Birmingham from their home institution.
  • Arrange and cover the cost of self-catering accommodation in the city center.
  • Organize access to Library and IT services.
  • Provide a fund against which research expenses for the visit may be claimed. The funds will be agreed between the proposer and the IAS Deputy Director at the point of approval, to allow support for the research proposal, workshops and public events.
  • Support networking through meetings and events across the University.
  • Organize and support public events and workshops agreed with the dissemination plan.
  • Work with the fellow and host to plan implementation of the objectives and dissemination plan.

How to Apply

First Step: Download the proposal form from here.

Second Step: Proposal: Provide a case for support of up to 500 words from the internal sponsor to:

  • Demonstrate fit to the aims of the programme.
  • Indicate likely outcomes from the collaboration, together with a dissemination plan with specifics that will be delivered during the visit (e.g. seminar, workshop, public lecture) and subsequently (e.g. publications, new research projects) which will demonstrate the value of the visit to the academic community and external stakeholders and organisations.
  • If relevant, an outline of research costs associated with the visit.
  • Short CV of applicant.
  • Confirmation from the applicant that if IAS were to offer a Fellowship they would accept, together with an indication of the ideal dates of a visit.

Third Step: Proposals should be sent to ( Please do not provide costings with this proposal – these will be done by IAS.

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