The selection of applicants who are eligible for a fellowship is competitive, merit-based and conducted through an internationally independent and recognized peer review process. It meets the highly demanding excellence standards of the participating Institutes for Advanced Study.
The EURIAS Fellowship Programme undertakes a detailed qualitative assessment according to the following criteria:
• Scientific excellence of the applicant (career path, quality of the list of publications,
• Quality of the proposal (innovative, path-breaking, high-impact, sound theoretical and
• Interdisciplinary potential of the research proposal
• Significance of the research proposal for the international academic community
• Ability to carry out the research proposal
• Ability to forge behind disciplinary specializations
• Relevance of a residency at an Institute for Advanced Study for the research project
• Expected impact of the fellowship on training and career development
• Proven language capacity (most IAS operate in an English-language environment, but research
can be conducted in any language, and language diversity is welcome).
For the evaluation of the research proposals, EURIAS Fellowship Programme resorts to the expertise of external referees chosen according to their specific research interests out of a pool of some 250 referees. Selection of the external referees is based on individual excellence, an overall coverage of social sciences and humanities (and in some cases natural and exact sciences), diversity of geographic origin.
The Selection Committee is composed of 16 to 18 internationally recognized researchers with specific expertise in ethics. The members are selected for their scientific excellence, their international experience and their openness to interdisciplinarity.
On the basis of the scientific assessment made by the experts and as a result of its discussions, the Selection Committee agrees on a shortlist of fellows to be proposed to the IAS.
IAS Scientific Boards
IAS make their final selection out of the shortlisted applications and inform the Programme Officer accordingly. The assessment of applications is based on a consistent set of appropriateness criteria (matching of research proposals with the specificities of the IAS):
• Interaction with the group of prospective co-fellows
• Relevance of the IAS choice by the applicant
• Specific scholarly environment or relevance of interaction with local researchers
Information to applicants
Applicants are notified electronically of the assessment of their project after (i) the preselection by EURIAS Scientific Committee and (ii) the final selection by the IAS.