Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Calls & Announcements

Please watch this space for new calls and announcements, both internal and external to UCL, from the Institute of Advanced Studies.


IAS Book Launch Programme

We welcome proposals from any full-time member of staff who would like to celebrate their new book by launching it as part of our Book Launch Programme.

The launch should have some intellectual content, e.g. a conversation between the author and an interlocutor, a small panel discussion or a talk.  We will provide the space in the IAS Common Ground area (which accommodates approximately 100 people) and basic refreshments.  We would welcome the involvement of publishers with regard to signings and selling, but would then like them to contribute towards the provision of refreshments.

We plan to schedule these as evening events from 6 to 8 pm throughout the year at agreed times, pending availability.

We would also consider proposals from UCL academics who wish to engage in discussion on the occasion of the publication of books by non-UCL authors.

If you would like to hold your book launch as part of the IAS Book Launch Programme, please complete this application form and e-mail it to Catherine Stokes.

Octagon Small Grants Fund

Please click here for information about the Octagon Small Grants Fund, which support UCL-based early-career researchers and graduate students in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences and SSEES.

Visiting Research Fellows (Non-Stipendiary)

Call for applications

Next deadlines: 30 September 2022 and 30 April 2023

We welcome applications from post-doctoral, mid-career and senior scholars to become non-stipendiary Visiting Research Fellows at the Institute of Advanced Studies to spend between three months and one year with us.

We will provide desk space, membership of the IAS community and Common Ground, access to UCL resources including the library, full participation in IAS events (e.g. seminars, workshops and conferences) and a framework in which you can present your research and participate in a research community.  In return, we ask that you make a case as to why being at UCL will be beneficial for you and how, in turn, you will contribute to the IAS.

If you wish to apply, please complete this application form and equal opportunities monitoring form, and e-mail it to Catherine Stokes, along with a short (two-page) CV and a sample article or book chapter, already published, in PDF format.


Call for Event Proposals

Call for Applications

Deadline: 1 November 2021 - THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED

The UCL Institute of Advanced Studies invites applications from UCL academic staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to its Call for Event Proposals, which funds interdisciplinary projects in the humanities and social sciences. PhD students must partner with a member of full-time UCL academic staff.  Proposals can be related to the IAS’s current research themes, but we also welcome interdisciplinary proposals which are not related to them.

Typical projects eligible for funding include:

  • hosting a research conference, a seminar, workshop, or symposium
  • public engagement activities and collaborations with external non-academic institutions

The project needs to commence and its allocated funds be spent by 31 July 2022.

The IAS is working as flexibly as possible in terms of event formats and we are happy to support online, hybrid or in-person events (as and when possible).  Funding of up to £2,000 per event is available. There is no minimum limit for awards: indeed the most useful funding in current circumstances may well be the £300-£400 required to hire an online platform such as Gather or Remo for a couple of days, or the fees (c. £150-£200) to pay freelance creative artists or activists to participate in your event (please note that we do not fund honoraria).

This call is issued now with a view to events in the Spring and Summer terms, which we hope can be in-person.  If you would like to hold an event in the Autumn term, please get in touch with Catherine Stokes (c.stokes@ucl.ac.uk) or Lucy Stagg (l.stagg@ucl.ac.uk) for practical advice about the options. 

The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 November 2021. Projects will be selected by the IAS Director and Deputy Directors.

If you wish to apply, please complete this application form and send it to Catherine Stokes.

Call for UCL Post-Docs to join IAS Residential Seminars

Call for applications

IAS Residential Seminars are held weekly during term-time and offer an opportunity for IAS-resident Research Fellows, IAS Visiting Research Fellows and co-ordinators of the research centres based in the IAS to present works-in-progress. We are now opening up this seminar to post-doc researchers in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences who would like to discuss their work. Please send an expression of interest specifying your current research and why would you like to join these seminars to Catherine Stokes. N.B., we only have the capacity to accept ten post-docs to these seminars. 


Call for Reading/Seminar Clubs

Call for applications

The aim of the Reading/Seminar Clubs is to host generative, cross-UCL conversations around shared interests in the hope of engendering new thinking, new outcomes and new collaborations. The Institute of Advanced Studies currently hosts five established Reading/Seminar Clubs and we are happy to welcome five more. At the moment, we can offer online presence and announcements and, as we return to our regular spaces, we will be able to offer a room with basic IT equipment. The current call is open to PhD students as well as post-docs. Please send an expression of interest to Catherine Stokes specifying a theme or an idea that you would like to explore in a creative, open-ended and exploratory way; a team of colleagues; and the form of the group, e.g. reading group, seminar, etc. 

Find more information on our current groups here.

IAS Network for Early Career Academics in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The IAS is launching a network to bring together early-career academics (ECAs) working in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) across UCL. Our working definition of AHSS is capacious: if your work involves AHSS approaches, feel free to join (even if you’re based in a primarily STEM faculty). Our definition of early-career is similarly broad: the network is open to PhD candidates at any stage and to all postdocs and lecturers (anyone on grade 7 or grade 8).

Our aims are to integrate dedicated AHSS intellectual content with cross-disciplinary intellectual exchange, skills development and career guidance. And, not least, to offer opportunities for sociability and informal sharing of ideas and experiences. The network will be based on a series of events, including workshops on writing and on crossing boundaries of all kinds. Over time, it can evolve in response to the suggestions and contributions of participants.

If you would like to be part of this group, please send us an email  here (p.llombart@ucl.ac.uk).