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Visiting Fellowships

AIAS Visiting Fellowships (for researchers on sabbaticals)  

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies at Aarhus University offers a number of visiting fellowships to outstanding researchers from abroad who are looking for an opportunity to engage in the international and interdisciplinary research community of AIAS and to collaborate with the research environments at Aarhus University (AU).

Visiting fellows will have their daily office space at AIAS, and will have the opportunity to participate in the activities at AIAS and at the relevant research environments at AU. AIAS offers optimal office facilities, and a thriving international and interdisciplinary community with joint social and academic activities.

AIAS - Interdisciplinary engagement and diversity

AIAS is an Institute, which breaks down disciplinary and national boundaries and provides the framework and the setting for dialogue and discussions that challenge and expand the conventional ways of thinking and contribute to collaborative research. As AIAS has fellows from all over the world and from all academic disciplines, visiting fellows will therefore be an integral part of a much wider and global research community.

AIAS strives to create not only an interdisciplinary, but also an inclusive academic environment, and applications are welcome regardless of race, religion, nationality, sex, gender and disability.


Applicants must have a PhD and a minimum of two years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application deadline. AIAS Visiting Fellowships are without salary, and it is therefore expected that successful applicants will bring their salary with them from their home institution. Applicants should also have a contact with a researcher or research community at Aarhus University. An open-minded approach and a curiosity to other academic disciplines than your own is a great advantage.

Fellowship duration

Applicants can apply for a visiting fellowship with a duration of minimum 2 months and up to 6 months within the calendar years of 2024 and 2025.

Kindly be aware that the institute operates at a reduced pace during the months of July, August, and January, primarily due to holiday periods. Therefore, any fellowship during these months can only be as part of a longer visit, for instance, a 6 months fellowship.

Benefits of an AIAS Visiting Fellowship

  • Office space and access to the lecture hall and meeting room facilities at AIAS
  • Integration into an inspiring interdisciplinary and international research community
  • Access to all social and academic activities at AIAS
  • Administrative support for hosting academic events and conferences
  • Travel costs (one return ticket) covered with up to a maximum of 2,000 euro; overseas ticket up to 3,000 euro
  • Assistance with relocation practicalities.

Application deadlines 

Application deadlines vary according to start date:

  • May 1, 2024,(12 pm noon): for visiting fellowships starting in the fall 2024.
  • November 1, 2024, (12 pm noon) for visiting fellowships starting in the spring 2025.

Early applications for later starting dates are always welcome. After each application deadline, the AIAS Review Board for visiting fellowships (with a representative from each AU faculty) will assess the applications, and answers will be sent out within 30 days to all applicants.

Application requirements and process

The application must include:

  • Letter of motivation (max 2 pages)
  • CV of applicant (including selected list of publications, max 5 pages)
  • Letter of support from an Aarhus University contact
  • PhD diploma
  • Exact dates of preferred start and end dates of your fellowship

Applications must be submitted online via the system GrantOne.


  • Helle Villekold at helle@aias.au.dk or on +45 30588129 for further information.


Application deadlines vary according to start date:

  • May 1, 2024 (12 pm - noon): for visiting fellowships starting in the fall 2024.
  • November 1, 2024 (12 pm - noon)for visiting fellowships starting in the spring 2025.

The Visiting Research Fellowship at AIAS is an amazing experience. The Institute is full of opportunities for engagement across disciplinary lines. The regular seminars are informative and intellectually stimulating. The meals together create community, and the building itself is in a very pleasant green setting that is conducive to reflection and intellectual work. The staff is extremely competent and supportive.

AIAS-Visiting Fellow, Andre Costopoulos

Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Alberta, Canada

Spending part of my sabbatical as an AIAS-Visiting Fellow has given me just the space and time I needed to reconnect with my research, and with writing. The staff, Fellows, and facilities at AIAS are brilliant: there was peace and quiet, as well as occasions for making new cross-disciplinary and international friendships. I am delighted to have had this opportunity!

AIAS-Visiting Fellow, Anna Collar

Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, UK