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Periodic Report Summary 1 - AIAS (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies)

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) offers a multidisciplinary and international fellowship programme that covers all scientific disciplines. AIAS opened in 2013 with a group of 15 fellows and in 2014 the AIAS-COFUND programme (grant no 609033) supported by the Marie Curie Programme under FP7 was launched. The Institute is now running at full capacity of 35 fellows.

The overall aim of Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies is to enhance excellent research by creating a fellowship programme providing researchers with freedom and independence to develop their own ideas and careers with access to excellent facilities.

The AIAS-COFUND fellowship programme aims at supporting excellence in research by attracting the most talented researchers worldwide, and across all research disciplines, and invites applicants from all scientific fields. The programme is completely bottom-up and the selection of fellows is done on the basis of research proposals from applicants with research excellence as the sole selection criterion. The target group of the programme is researchers with at least two years of fulltime research experience after completing their PhD. The programme is open for both incoming mobility and reintegration. The duration of a fellowship is of 6-18 months duration for seniors (+10 years) and 12-36 months for juniors. The proposed start dates for fellows are either October or February each year. Within the 60-month project period, the AIAS-COFUND programme holds a total of 128 fellow years.

The AIAS-COFUND fellowship programme offers the possibility of engaging in multidisciplinary interactions and collaborations that provides the fellows with the opportunity to gain new skills and seek new perspectives on their research. The Institute offers activities of multidisciplinary character such as Fellows’ Seminars, where fellows give a talk presenting their work followed by discussion with other fellows from various fields of research, researchers from Aarhus University and the public. The fellowship programme also offers a range of generic career developing opportunities.

The AIAS-COFUND fellowship programme has been running for 24 months and within this project period two rounds of applications and selection have been carried out and completed. Furthermore, the third call was launched in November 2015 with deadline and selection in the spring of 2016 and the fourth and last call will be launched in the autumn of 2016. Currently the two calls have resulted in 80 fellow years - 34 fellowships of which 3 are reintegration and 31 are incoming fellowships.

The programme has received 142 applications for 22 fellowships in the first call. In the second call the number of applications increased to 150 applications for 12 fellowships. The programme is developing as planned and all deliverables have been carried out according to the timeframe. A website has been established with information about the programme, the calls, all application related documents, Guide for Applicants, promotion leaflet, FAQ and information about all the selected fellows and their projects. The calls have been promoted widely with an impressive outreach that is reflected in applications from 57 different nationalities in the last call for applications. Information about the fellowship programme can be found at:

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