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The first call for AIAS-COFUND Fellowships is now closed

With a total number of 143 applications of this first call, a complex review and selection process in the months ahead is to end in the first cohort of up to 25 AIAS-COFUND Marie Curie Fellows, commencing 1 October 2014 and some 1 February 2015.

The Institute is very pleased with the composition of the first AIAS-COFUND cohort as the 143 applicants are distributed among 38 different nationalities, are representing both genders nicely and embracing a very broad spectrum of academic fields of studies, from medical science through juridical science to philology – to mention but a few. Also, the cohort of applicants contains both junior and senior researchers with the PhD year ranging from 1967 to 2012, bringing young researchers together with the more experienced. 

Travelling three times through peer review

All applications will now go through a complex process of external peer review in three rounds and through a Selection Committee. A Quality Assurance group will survey the process before the final fellows are appointed. This process will be based on an open, fair and transparent competition between the applicants, and it will last from March to May with early June as the time applicants will receive answers. 

An AIAS-COFUND fellowship, a unique opportunity

The AIAS-COFUND programme is providing talented junior and senior researchers from all academic areas with a unique opportunity for conducting their own individual research project for a period of time at AIAS. Fellows are free to choose their research topic within all academic fields of studies. The programme also contains a mobility demand, comprising both incoming fellowships as well as reintegration fellowships. In this way, researchers from across the world are given a means to develop their research career at AIAS, collaborating with fellows from abroad and researchers at Aarhus University, thus extending their academic affiliations and network, but it also gives former local Aarhus University researchers an opportunity to return to Denmark from a university abroad.

70 fellowships over the next five years

Applying for an AIAS-COFUND fellowship is also possible in the future as this type of fellowship is available over the next five years from 2014-2018. The programme has received a grant of DKK 46 mill in funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research. The next call for AIAS-COFUND Fellowships is expected to open late October 2014 with an application deadline around 1 March and commencement dates of 1 September/October 2015 and 1 February 2016.

Read more about AIAS at: www.aias.au.dk


Executive director and Professor Morten Kyndrup, kyndrup@aias.au.dk

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, AIAS

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