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Periodic Report Summary 2 - EURIAS (EURIAS Fellowship Programme)

The European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme (EURIAS) started in 2010 as a new collaborative incoming mobility Programme. In 2018, the programme gathers 19 Institutes for Advanced Study (IAS) located in 14 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 (with 8 new IAS entering the consortium: Aarhus, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Marseille, Zürich, Madrid, Warsaw, its global reach, and its scientific and management practices.

The programme launched four calls for applications (for the academic years 2015/2016 to 2018/2019). They 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 557.449 visits from 207 countries and territories. The calls for applications have attracted 3.364 applications (1.955 juniors and 1.409 seniors).

The completion of the four selection processes resulted in the selection of 182 candidates (95 juniors and 87 seniors). As of June 2018, three cohorts of fellows were invited at 18 Institutes for Advanced Studies: 40 fellows for the 2015/2016 academic year (20 juniors/20 seniors); 42 fellows for 2016/2017 (21 juniors/21 seniors); and 50 fellows for 2017/2018 (25 juniors and 25 seniors). The completion of the 2018/2019 evaluation process resulted in the selection of 50 candidates (29 juniors and 21 seniors). This last cohort of fellows will arrive in the 19 IAS (including Warsaw as a new host institute) in September/October 2018 and will achieve their residencies early August 2019 at the latest.

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 in seminars and conferences, enabling them to finalize many projects and to initiate new international collaborations.

Two EURIAS annual scientific conferences were organized at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem in April 2016 and at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst in April 2017. Both meetings gathered fellows and representatives of the Consortium members, but also other European IAS representatives. These were opportunities for fellows to share and exchange on this one-year professional experience, and to testify of the Programme’s impact on both their research and on their professional perspectives.

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 182.

For more information on the Programme:
Coordinator: Mylène Trouvé,
Programme Officer: Raquel Sanz Barrio,

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