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

Deadline: 31 December 2020

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

and e-mail it to Catherine Stokes, along with a short (two-page) CV.


Call for Event Proposals


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 within Autumn or Spring Term 2020-21.

Funding of up to £2,000 per application is available per project. There is no minimum limit for awards. The deadline for submission of proposals is to be confirmed. Projects will be selected by the IAS Director and Deputy Directors.