Ten Fellows' countries
Alongside the annual LIAS Fellowship, the institute has been awarded several external Fellowship schemes throughout the past two years, with the commonality of each Fellowship being Interdisciplinary research. They are a pivotal part of the institute’s ongoing programme of activities and research outputs. The ‘Interdisciplinary Futures: research and impact’ event brought together 50 Rutherford Fellows from 15 countries, and welcomed representatives from UUKi and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Such events bring high-calibre academics from various career stages and disciplines to the University, and enrich the research landscape across all three Colleges.
With Fellows from both the UK and the world over, they contribute widely to growing global partnerships. Whilst the Fellows spend only 1-3 months at Leicester, they have contributed significant outputs during their time here, and made sustainable collaborations with academics across the University. Through sharing ideas and methodologies, the Fellows have created cross-pollinated research projects to continue beyond their Fellowship. The fruition of follow-on projects exemplifies the sustainability of these collaborations.
Each Fellow has a designated Principle Host, who helps them to maximise their time during their Fellowship, and feel comfortable in the University. They are academic mentors that go to great lengths to ensure that the reputation of Leicester is upheld once the Fellows return to their respective homes, and that the partnerships are sustained where possible to continue producing fantastic research.