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IASH-SSPS Visiting Fellowships

The IASH-SSPS Visiting Fellowships are intended to encourage outstanding interdisciplinary research, international scholarly collaboration, and networking activities of Visiting Research Fellows together with SSPS academics. Fellows will be expected to work in collaboration with one or more members of SSPS academic staff, and to take an active part in IASH interdisciplinary events.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities is housed in an 18th century courtyard close to the University Library and about 20 scholars are in residence at any time. Fellows are allocated a private office in the Institute with all the usual research facilities. During the course of their stay in Edinburgh, IASH-SSPS Visiting Research Fellows will be expected to make two seminar presentations on their research - one at IASH and one in SSPS - and to take part in IASH work-in-progress sessions and relevant seminars in SSPS. Applications are submitted by end of February each year for fellowships starting from June until the end of May in the following year –visits are usually between 2-4 months duration, or more if justified accordingly.

Expected outcomes from Visiting Fellowships will be joint publications, and/or joint applications for research funding, and/or a collaborative research seminar series or workshop event involving their SPS academic partner. Funds are available in support of Fellowships travel and accommodation costs.

Application Procedure

The next closing date for the receipt of applications will be Thursday 28th February 2019. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Successful candidates will be notified by email with a formal letter of confirmation to follow; please ensure that you supply a valid email address so that you can be contacted quickly after decisions are made.

The application form can be completed online.

References

  1. A minimum of two and a maximum of three confidential references are required. 
  2. At least one referee should come from outside the institution of the applicant.
  3. Referees should comment on the nature and quality of the research proposal, as well as on the qualifications of the applicant.

Applicants should ask their referees to send their references by email to the Institute Director at iash@ed.ac.uk by 28 February 2019.

Notes for guidance

  • Candidates for Fellowships will hold a doctorate or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will be given to the academic record and the publications of all applicants and their capacity to disseminate their views among a community of like-minded people. Candidates should give evidence of any contact they have made with researchers at the University of Edinburgh, and of proposed collaboration during and beyond their visit to Edinburgh; those who do make such contact before submitting their applications will be at an advantage. Competition for Fellowships is intense and preference may be given to applicants who have not previously held a Fellowship at the Institute or an equivalent institution.
  • The Institute was established in 1969 to promote enquiry of the highest standards in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Inter-departmental and interdisciplinary study is encouraged.
  • Fellows are expected to be resident in Edinburgh throughout the tenure of their Fellowship and to play a full part in the activities of the Institute. The Institute will be pleased to help with finding suitable accommodation in Edinburgh but is unable to pay accommodation costs. The minimum tenure for a Fellowship is two months; applications for less than two months will not be considered.
  • No regular teaching is required but Fellows will give at least one seminar at IASH on their current research work and may be asked to speak to an appropriate subject group within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.
  • The Institute is close to the University Library and within easy reach of the National Library of Scotland, the Central City Library, the National Galleries and Museums, the Library of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland, the library of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the National Archives of Scotland. Access to both the extensive archival and online resources of all of these collections can be arranged for Fellows as appropriate.
  • Only fully completed applications will be considered. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that all documentation is complete, and that referees submit their reports to the Institute by the closing date. Applications may include a copy of any one article or publication that is thought to be specially relevant to the research proposal and Fellowship submission.
  • The selection of Fellows will be made once a year by an SSPS-IASH Visiting Fellows Committee, comprising the Head of SSPS, SSPS Director and Deputy Director of Research, and the Director of IASH or delegate.
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