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Periodic Report Summary 1 - EURIAS (EURIAS Fellowship Programme)

The European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme (EURIAS) started in 2010 as a new collaborative incoming mobility Programme. In 2016, the programme gathers 16 Institutes for Advanced Study (IAS) located in 12 European countries. The institutes offer 10-month fellowships that are complementary to longer monodisciplinary and/or targeted research fellowships offered by universities or research centres. They create multi-disciplinary and multicultural learning communities, open intellectual spaces where fellows —released from their teaching and academic commitments— conduct bottom-up research with the greatest possible freedom and with the IAS optimal support. These learning communities provide permanent intellectual stimulation as a result of the daily encounters among the fellows from a wide range of disciplines, cultures and scientific traditions.

EURIAS welcomes applications from scholars in all fields of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) and also from other disciplines provided that they potentially interface with the SSH. Candidates from all countries, both juniors and seniors, can apply simultaneously to the three IAS best suited to conduct their research projects. The great diversity of the academic and cultural offerings featured by the IAS committed to this Programme provides a unique spectrum of choice to fellow candidates.

EURIAS benefited from the European commission's support under the COFUND programme for its launching in 2010, and from a new 5-year Grant Agreement in 2014. If the first Grant Agreement helped establish the Programme as a major European-wide gateway to the Institutes for Advanced Study scheme, and structuring the IAS offer, this new step aimed at consolidating the network, its global reach, and its scientific and management practices. Since 2014, the Programme facilitated the introduction of new IAS in the consortium (Delmenhorst, Freiburg, Marseille, Zürich), updated the application platform to guarantee continued personal data safety, and managed two calls for applications, two selection processes (for the academic years 2015/2016 and 2016/2017), and a EURIAS community meeting.

The two calls for applications have been widely disseminated via the Internet and thanks to the activation of all partnering institutions’ research networks. Pooling the consortium’s resources and networks, EURIAS reached a considerable community of researchers around the world. Since April 2014, the website registered 203.000 visits from 207 countries and territories. The calls for applications have attracted 1549 applications (907 juniors and 642 seniors). The geographical distribution of applications is as follows: Africa 5%, Asia/Oceania 10%, Eastern Europe 29,5%, Middle East 3%, North America 11,5%, South/central America 3%, Western Europe 38%).

The completion of the 2015/2016 evaluation process resulted in the selection of 40 candidates (20 juniors and 20 seniors). The fellows arrived in September/October 2015 and will achieve their residencies in June/July 2016. Along their residencies, all fellows have benefited from the support of the IAS to conduct their research, to make academic connexions, and to organize or participate seminars and conferences. These fruitful residencies enabled the EURIAS fellows to finalize many projects and to initiate new collaborations. They also took part in the EURIAS two-day conference meeting, which was organized in April 2016 in Jerusalem and gathered 24 fellows and 29 representatives of the Consortium members, but also other European IAS representatives.

Over the whole Grant Agreement period, the Programme will launch and manage four calls for applications and will welcome four cohorts of fellows among the IAS. The estimated total number of fellows invited over the four years is 177.

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Coordinators: Olivier Bouin, Mylène Trouvé
Contact person: Raquel Sanz Barrio, EURIAS Fellowship Programme Officer
At the RFIEA Foundation
190 avenue de France 75013 Paris – FRANCE
+33 1 49 54 21 49

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