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Record number of applications for AIAS-COFUND II fellowships

With an increase of more than 25%, the fourth call for AIAS-COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships under the EU’s Horizon 2020 has closed successfully. An international triple peer-review and selection process of the 379 applications will follow until June 2021.

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With a total number of 379 applications, the fourth and final call in the ‘AIAS-COFUND II Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship scheme’ under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation has closed on 15 January 2021.    

A continuation of international research mobility in a time of corona

Despite the corona pandemic and its current effect on global mobility, the 65 different nationalities from all continents present in the 379 applications show a continued strong interest in international research collaboration and mobility. The cohort is a mix of 119 senior and 260 junior researcher applicants, and the following distribution among main academic areas bears witness to a great research diversity, with a majority within the Social Sciences and Humanities:

  • Arts: 145
  • Business and Social sciences: 79
  • Health/ medical sciences: 33
  • Natural sciences: 89
  • Technical sciences: 33

With excellence as the main criterion for selection, the up to 15 new AIAS fellows will be selected in a thorough, international and external triple peer-review process. Applicants will receive notification in June. The fellows selected will begin their fellowship stay at AIAS either in the autumn of 2021 or in the spring of 2022. 

40 fellows at a time

Currently, AIAS has 34 fellows hosted at the Institute from half a year up to three years research stays, and in the spring of 2021 six more will join this group. Fellows come from a broad spectrum of disciplines and are offered unique research conditions at AIAS to practice ‘slow science’, to concentrate on their research project.

Many new fellows have already established research collaborations with departments at Aarhus University prior to their arrival at AIAS, and besides this collaboration, fellows are situated in a thriving, multidisciplinary and international environment at AIAS with amble opportunity to broaden collaborations across fields, seniority and countries.    


The fellowship scheme has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no 754513 and by Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF).  


Søren Rud Keiding, Executive director and Professor, keiding@aias.au.dk

Helle Villekold, Programme Manager, helle@aias.au.dk

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, AIAS
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