The WIAS’ Fellowship Programme is aimed at current and future research leaders, who engage in independent thinking that is interdisciplinary, critical and shares a global outlook. It enables them to undertake independent and collaborative research on original topics in a stimulating academic environment in London. It enables the Fellows to undertake such work beyond the boundaries, obligations, limits, compartmentalisations and pressures set by ordinary academic life in teaching, administration and the traditional organisation of research.
During their stay, Fellows undertake, develop, disseminate and present original, independent and critical individual research. Priority will be given to well-defined projects that result in published research outputs and demonstrate benefits for the applicant, her/his university and the University of Westminster's research interests.
The regular scholarship duration is 3 months. Exceptions may be possible based on individual arrangements and circumstances (e.g. a longer stay that includes a self-funded period) upon agreement with the WIAS’ Director.
Research in the WIAS is set around themes that cater to the University of Westminster's strengths. The inaugural theme is Critical Digital & Social Media Research.
When there is a new call for fellowship applications, then this is published and circulated widely. Funded scholarships are only awarded as a result of open calls. The WIAS invites both junior and senior fellows. Junior fellows are researchers who hold a PhD that has been awarded not more than 5 years before the date of the call publication. Senior fellows are researchers who hold a PhD that has been awarded more than 5 years before the call is published.
WIAS Research Fellows enjoy the following benefits:
- A scholarship for a period of a three months stay at the WIAS.
- The opportunity for independent, critical research in an inspiring academic environment.
- Collaboration with other Research Fellows, researchers at the University of Westminster and beyond.
- The WIAS Colloquium allows Research Fellows to present their work to the academic and extra-academic public.
- Fellows have the opportunity to together organise a workshop on a jointly defined topic, to which they give inputs.
- Encouragement to make use of the WIAS Research Paper Series in order to disseminate new knowledge they produce during their stay and want to present to the public.
- The WIAS encourages its Fellows to publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed academic open access journal as a result of research undertaken during their fellowship.
- Airfare to and from London paid by WIAS.
- Office space, and access to the university’s library and IT services.