IIASA-NERC Collaborative Research Fellowships

The IIASA-NERC Collaborative Research Fellowships programme will provide three years of support for at least two promising early-career researchers to deliver challenging research and support the development of long-term collaborative working relationships between the UK and IIASA research communities.

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Fellows will be expected to spend their time equally between their UK research organisation and IIASA over the lifetime of their award. In addition to completing a programme of research linked to the remits of both NERC (NERC is part of UK Research & Innovation, and is the UK's main body for funding and managing research in the environmental sciences) and IIASA, fellows will be required to undertake network-building activities to establish sustainable, collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships between UK and IIASA researchers. 

Fellows are to be supported in these activities by a senior researcher who will act as both mentor to the fellow and help to facilitate network-building activities.


Funding of £1 million is available to support research fellowships through this call.  Fellowships supported through this call will be of three years' full-time duration.

All fellowships may be held full or part-time, and NERC welcomes applications from candidates who wish to work on a part-time / flexible basis. The duration of the fellowship award will be adjusted to accommodate any extensions required as a result of any periods of part-time working.

Applicant eligibility

Applicants are expected to hold a doctorate by the start date of the fellowship or be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience and/or training.

These fellowships are for early career researchers who are establishing independence. Senior researchers are not permitted to apply. There are no eligibility rules based on years since PhD.

Applicants should not have a permanent academic position (or equivalent in institutions other than universities). 

Additional requirements

Applicants will be required to deliver a program of collaborative research across their award-holding UK research organization and IIASA, making use of IIASA facilities, resources and collaborative relationships to deliver their research. 

Applicants must undertake a program of network building activities alongside their research with the intention of fostering long-term collaborative relationships between their UK research community and IIASA.

All fellows are required to split their time between IIASA and their UK host institution over the lifetime of their award. Being encouraged to spend up to 50% of the fellowship at IIASA and as a minimum spending one year of the fellowship at IIASA. This can be organized as one long continuous stay or split into various shorter stays.

All applicants will be required to demonstrate within their application the commitment of a IIASA research program, who will support them during their time at IIASA. Therefore, once applicants have formulated a draft outline of their research for the fellowship, the applicant should contact the relevant IIASA research program representative to discuss its fit with the IIASA research agenda and obtain a letter of support from the IIASA research program director.

Length of the fellowship

All fellowships supported for this call will be of three years full-time duration.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. Please keep checking our webpage for updates on a future call.

Applications must be submitted using the research councils' Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S). For full details on how to apply, please visit the NERC how to apply webpage. 


For queries regarding these fellowships, please contact  or Iain Stewart, Head of IIASA External Relations ()

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Last edited: 29 May 2019


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