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.



We would normally expect fellows to spend a period of between 4 and 8 weeks on campus in Autumn 2018.

Selection Procedure

Selection is based on a competitive application process. Up to six applicants will be invited to participate in the program.  


The IAS will:

  • arrange the appropriate invitation and visa for non EEA visitors;
  • arrange and cover costs of the Fellow travelling to Birmingham from their home institution;
  • arrange and cover the cost of self-catering accommodation in the city centre;
  • provide a desk and computer in the IAS Suite, Aston Webb;
  • organise 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;
  • organise 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.

The Proposal

We ask for 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 in Autumn 2018.


Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence and standing against career stage of the proposed Vanguard Fellow;

Please note that we 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.


Proposals should be sent to s.gilligan@bham.ac.uk  Please do not provide costings with this proposal – these will be done by IAS.

IAS Vanguard Fellows proposals for the Autumn 2018 cohort will close on 22 June 2018.


Colleagues may wish to contact the IAS to establish the potential suitability of a prospective Vanguard Fellow before approaching them:  such informal enquiries may be directed to Mike Hannon  and/or Sue Gilligan.