Postgraduate participation

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, One of the core aims of the Institute of Advanced Study is to encourage Durham’s research postgraduate community to engage with the work sponsored by the IAS. The Institute provides research postgraduates with a unique opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with some of the most distinguished scholars from across the world and to access to a wide range of events that allows them to examine for themselves the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary research. Postgraduates are encouraged to attend the extensive programme of IAS Fellows’ seminars and Fellows’ lectures. Lectures are open to all. During the pandemic places must be booked in advance for both seminars and lectures. It is hoped from 2021/22 the IAS will resume its programme face-to-face. Capacity at IAS seminars in Cosin’s Hall, home of the IAS, is limited and places will need to be booked in advance; however there is no need to book a place for public lectures which are generally held in the Durham College associated with IAS Fellows. 


Encouraging postgraduate involvement in the Institute’s work and research is a major ambition of the IAS. During Michaelmas and Epiphany terms the IAS organises events to welcome members of the postgraduate community to the institute to meet informally with Directors to learn about the work of the IAS and what the Institute can offer. These informal events also give IAS visiting Fellows the chance to meet with postgraduates and allows Fellows the opportunity to talk about their research, involvement with the IAS and Durham University, as well as their interests in and thoughts on interdisciplinary work, including research they are collaborating on whilst at Durham. 

The Institute has established a small fund to support research postgraduates organising local events of a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature. Funding may change from year to year; however any funding call will be announced via this page for any interdisciplinary activities based in Durham during the academic year. 

The IAS is a space and resource to explore ideas. If you are a postgraduate researcher keen to explore ideas through a interdisciplinary lens with other postgraduate researchers at Durham then make contact with the IAS.

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Current 2020/21 projects

Quantifying global risk

Determining options available to the airline industry in the face of volcanic ash incidents.

Landscapes of rights

Examining the negotiation of rights around common resources.

Threshold worlds

An interdisciplinary project on dreams, narrative and liminal cognition.

Forthcoming 2021/22 Projects


Forthcoming 2021/22 Fellowss