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.
This academic year seminars are taking place once more in-person, and simultaneously online. Capacity at IAS seminars in Cosin’s Hall, home of the IAS, is limited and places will need to be booked in advance; and online registration via Zoom is also required for those who wish to attend online only.

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 currently has a small fund to support Durham research postgraduates organising local events of a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature. Funding may change from year to year; however we are pleased to announce that applications for funding are now being accepted for activities taking place during the 2021/22 year.
To apply to this fund, please complete this 202122 PG Funding Proforma, and submit no later than 21 February 2022 If you have any questions please contact the IAS Manager, Linda Crowe at

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