Applications should be made before the deadline of 11 December 2020 for visits in the academic year 2021/22. Applications can only be made through a University of Surrey academic, who acts as the host for the visit.

Fellows receive an allowance of up to £5000 to fund travel to and subsistence at the University (but not salary). Fellows’ visit to the University may either be for one extended period, or several shorter periods, depending on the Fellows’ other commitments and the nature of the research collaboration.

It is expected that the Fellowship will result in some specific outcome or outcomes, such as a paper jointly authored with the host, a collaborative research proposal, establishing a research network, or a jointly organized activity such as a workshop or concert. Fellows are also expected to contribute to University life, for example with a seminar, lecture, meetings with doctoral students etc.

There is no restriction on the discipline of the Fellow or the topic of the Fellowship, other than that the Fellow must work closely with one or more Surrey academics.

The Fellowship scheme is funded by the University of Surrey. We thank Santander for supporting the scheme in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

The Director of the Institute, Nigel Gilbert (n.gilbert@surrey.ac.uk) and its Coordinator, Mirela Dumic (m.dumic@surrey.ac.uk) may be consulted about the procedure for making bids.

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Applications should be submitted by the deadline (midnight on 11 December 2020) using the application form.

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Types of Fellowship

Fellowship for external academics

Who should apply:

  • Applicants for Fellowships must be supported by a member of the academic staff of the University of Surrey
  • Applicants should normally be based and employed outside the UK in an academic institution or a government funded research institute.
  • Applicants should not have spent significant periods working or visiting in the UK in the recent past.
  • Applicants should have a doctorate or equivalent professional experience and an excellent and established track record in research given the stage in their career. The scheme does not support those studying for a PhD.
  • Applicants of all nationalities are welcome. Fellowships may be used to pay for visas, but the Institute is not able to arrange visa applications.

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • The expected contribution to scholarship at the University of Surrey
  • The fit of the applicant’s proposed work to research at Surrey
  • The quality of the proposal, including its degree of innovation, its feasibility, and the likelihood of obtaining high impact outputs
  • The expected benefit to the applicant’s career
  • The likelihood of forging links between the applicant’s institution and the University of Surrey.

Fellowship for public servants

Who should apply:

  • Applicants for Fellowships must be supported by a member of the academic staff of the University of Surrey
  • Applicants should normally be based and employed in the public sector, either in the UK or abroad
  • Applicants should have relevant professional experience and an excellent and established track record in their field
  • Applicants of all nationalities are welcome. Fellowships may be used to pay for visas, but the Institute is not able to arrange visa applications.

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • The expected impact of the applicant’s activities during the Fellowship on public policy
  • The potential for interaction between University staff, the applicant, and government
  • The opportunities for contributing the University’s expertise to issues of public policy
  • The expected benefit to the applicant’s career
  • The value for the applicant of spending time to think in an intellectually stimulating environment, away from day to day pressures.

Fellowship for entrepreneurs

Who should apply:

  • Applicants for Fellowships must be supported by a member of the academic staff of the University of Surrey
  • Applicants should have relevant professional experience and an excellent and established track record in their field
  • Applicants of all nationalities are welcome. Fellowships may be used to pay for visas, but the Institute is not able to arrange visa applications.

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • The expected impact of the applicant’s activities during the Fellowship on the exchange of ideas relating to entrepreneurial activity, enterprise and/or innovation
  • The potential for interaction between University staff, the applicant, and the wider business community
  • The opportunities for contributing to the University’s expertise on issues of entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation
  • The expected benefit to the applicant’s career
  • The value for the applicant of spending time to think in an intellectually stimulating environment, away from day to day pressures.

Fellowship for artists in residence

Who should apply:

  • Applicants for Fellowships must be supported by a member of the academic staff of the University of Surrey
  • Applicants should have relevant professional experience and an excellent and established track record in their field
  • Applicants of all nationalities are welcome. Fellowships may be used to pay for visas, but the Institute is not able to arrange visa applications.

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • The expected enhancement and diversifying of arts and humanities research at the University of Surrey
  • The fit of the artist in residence’s creative activity with existing research and new research initiatives at Surrey
  • The quality, relevance, feasibility, innovation, and potential impact and outputs of the proposed programme of activities (this may include an internal event)
  • The expected benefit to the applicant’s and resident artist’s career
  • The potential for generating national and international affiliations and more permanent links between the University of Surrey and the artist’s institution or organization.

How to apply and assessment

  • Applications can only be submitted by an academic member of the University of Surrey (the ‘host’). They should be submitted by the deadline (midnight on 11 December 2020) using the application form. The application form requests details of the applicant for a fellowship, the host, the work to be done during the Fellowship and the support requested.
  • A host can only submit one application in each of the annual Fellowship competition rounds.
  • All applications are considered at a meeting of the IAS advisory board which ranks the applications in order of merit using the specified criteria and their own judgement
  • The highest ranked applications are awarded Fellowships. Applicants and hosts will be notified of the outcome in mid January 2021.
  • Applications submitted by the deadline are checked for eligibility and completeness by the IAS coordinator. The fellows’s and the host’s Heads of Department are contacted to confirm that the applicant’s institution supports the Fellowship and the host’s Department can accommodate the Fellow.

During and after the Fellowship

  • Fellows are required to provide a brief report to the IAS coordinator at the start of their first visit to confirm that the Fellowship has begun and that it conforms to what is stated in the proposal.
  • Fellows are required to submit a report of 500 – 1000 words within one month of the end of the Fellowship describing the achievements enabled by the award and their plans to build on those achievements.
  • Fellows are also required to submit a short report twelve months after the Fellowship ends describing longer term impacts and additional activities resulting from the Fellowship.