The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies

Research opportunities

LIAS engages with local, national and international communities and strategic partners to provide collaborative and interdisciplinary opportunities. We are open to new ideas and methodologies that address real-world challenges through research, and offer varied support for projects to come to fruition. There are currently no thematic priorities.

Three pump-priming schemes and a Visiting Fellowship Scheme run throughout the academic year (September – July). Awarded projects must have a Leicester-based academic lead and core team, however the involvement of wider academic and/or non-academic partners is welcomed.

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Pioneering Partnerships

The Pioneering Partnerships scheme offers up to £6,000 to develop existing and ambitious challenge-led collaborations with clear trajectory pathways. Awarded projects should prepare the way for others to join and follow, and will demonstrate recognition of legacy building.

Into the City

Up to £3,000 is offered to successful applications to support co-created interdisciplinary partnerships with collaborators in the city of Leicester. We are especially keen to support projects with an innovative public engagement and impact remit. This scheme has a rolling deadline.

LIAS Seed Corn

This scheme provides up to £1,000 support to foster and develop new and untested interdisciplinary ideas, events and newly formed collaborations and partnerships. This scheme has a rolling deadline.

LIAS Fellowship Scheme

The annual Fellowship Scheme builds and nurture sustainable collaborations between designated University of Leicester based hosts and high-calibre academics from different institutions around the globe. Expected interdisciplinary outcomes and outputs include; grant applications, journal submissions, seminars/conferences and events in host department. Awarded Fellows must have a PhD, and need a designated University of Leicester based host to apply.

Up to £8,000 is offered to support:

  • return travel
  • incurred visa expenses
  • required COVID-19 testing costs
  • accommodation
  • reasonable subsistence
  • research costs

University of Leicester based colleagues wishing to host a Fellow should arrange to meet with a member of the LIAS team in the first instance, and should review the documentation for applications and eligible funding.

Interested applicants should contact for more information, or to seek support in collaborating with a designated host.

LIAS is accepting applications for the academic year 2023/24 (deadline: October 24 2023) and 2024/25 (deadline: October 24 2024).

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