The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies

Fellowship schemes

Visiting Fellowship Scheme

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship programme enables our researchers to build and nurture interdisciplinary collaborations with scholars from the UK and beyond. There is currently an alumni list of 32 fellows from over 20 countries. Please get in contact to collaborate with the Fellowship Alumni Network.  

Ways to engage with the fellows hosted in LIAS

  • Contact via Leicester email addresses
  • Sign up for the LIAS e-zine - email
  • Follow us on Twitter - @LeicsIAS

Previous fellows

Awarded Fellows build sustainable partnerships with colleagues at Leicester. Continued collaboration is encouraged through our Fellow Alumni Programme, launched in 2023.

Fellow alumni and University of Leicester colleagues are eligible to co-apply for up to £2,000 to enable visits and writing retreats resulting in Leicester-led external grant applications. Please email for more information.


  • Dr Hafsa Toor 
  • Professor Linda Theron 
  • Dr Ipshita Nath 
  • Dr Kaushalya Liyanage


  • Professor Marion Mutugi (Host: Professor Mark Jobling, Co-host: Professor Lisa Smith)
  • Dr Yazidhi Bamutaze (Host: Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett)

The Twycross conservation cluster 2022

  • Dr Lisa Gillespie (Host: Professor Colin Hewitt)
  • Dr Rebecca Biddle (Host: Professor Colin Hewitt)
  • Dr John Clarkson (Host: Professor Colin Hewitt)


  • Dr Timothy Biswick, University of Malawi (ACU Blue Charter)
  • Dr David Wilkins, University of Leicester (ESRC IAA)
  • Dr Canh Nguyen, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (GCRF)
  • Dr Patrick Laviolette, University of Tartu


  • Dr Batbuyan Batjav, Centre for Nomadic Pastoralism Studies, Mongolia
  • Dr Dhiren Borisa, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
  • Dr Christopher Munyati, North-West University, South Africa

Rutherford fellows

The scheme was funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and administered by Universities UK International. Drawing on expertise from across disciplines, our Rutherford fellows all contributed to the overarching theme of resilient, inclusive and sustainable cities.

  • Dr Amollo Ambole, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr Edris Alam, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Dr Laura Lotero, Pontifical Bolivarian University, Colombia

GCRF fellows

  • Dr Fiona Mulira, Makerere University Business School, Uganda
  • Dr Zelalem Mengistu Gashaw, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Dr Jiamiao Hu, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China
  • Professor Naved Iqbal, Jamia Millia Islamia University, India

GCRF training fellows

  • Dr Rossina Pareja, Instituto de Investigacion Nutricional, Peru
  • Dr Siti Asdia Binti Masran, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Malaysia


  • Professor Paula Morgan, University of the West Indies, Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Professor Grace Wamue-Ngare, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Dr Sadiyya Haffejee, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Virtual Fellowship Award

The Virtual Fellowship Scheme was conceptualised to offer awarded fellows the continued opportunity to collaborate with University of Leicester academics during lockdown.

Fellows funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund 2020/2021

  • Dr Polina Golovatina, University of Medellin, Colombia (Host: Dr Joshua Vande Hey)
  • Dr Romauld Boua, Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro (CRUN), IRSS-DRCO, Burkina Faso (Host: Dr Chiara Batini)
  • Dr Bassant Hassib, British University in Egypt (Host: Professor Athina Karatzogianni)

Fellows funded through the Pandemics call

  • Dr Paul Hirini, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, New Zealand (Host: Dr Michelle O'Reilly)

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