Centre for Advanced Studies

Highfield Visiting Fellowships 2015/16

Update 23rd March 2015:
This scheme will not open for applications in the 2015/16 round. If you would like your name added to the mailing list to receive information on any future rounds please email Allison Pearson.

2014/15 CAS Highfield Visiting Fellowships scheme

This competition is now closed, details below are for information only.

Highfield Fellowships provide the opportunity for Nottingham academics to work with a distinguished partner in order to develop or further a high profile research project and/or develop a very significant publication programme and/or to improve research impact. Highfield Fellowships are intended to support an area of interdisciplinary research which involves staff from both the Arts and Social Sciences. They do not support visiting scholars normally funded and supported by either School or Faculty sources.

Highfield Fellowships are available to both scholars and non-academics throughout the UK and abroad. Academics can be from any discipline but must have a common or complementary research interest with scholars from Arts and Social Sciences. Applicants must be distinguished in their field and will normally be mid/late career scholars. Non-academics must have an established international reputation and can provide evidence of leadership in their field and a direct link to potential research areas or a significant opportunity for knowledge exchange and/or research with impact.

All applicants must have at least two nominating academic sponsors from within the University of Nottingham (each from different disciplines).

Fellows are high-profile visitors. They are expected to take part in CAS’s research programme (attending seminars given by other visiting fellows and post-doctoral award holders) and to participate in the programme of events for 2014/2015, offering at least one seminar paper, public lecture and graduate master class. If appropriate they will also work with research partner organisations and/or institutions.

Please note that these Fellowships are not available to undergraduate or postgraduate students.

Duration - Fellowships will normally be offered for a three-month period and CAS intends to support 2 Highfield fellowships in either the autumn or spring semester. CAS Fellowships are not available during the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations.

Research – our priority is proposals that enable the establishment or extension of interdisciplinary collaborations and major research initiatives.

Fellowship applications will also be considered from applicants wishing to explore research collaborations involving the University’s collections (including the archaeological collections, art collection, manuscripts and special collections and natural history collections).

What the Highfield Visiting Fellowships offer – The fellowship provides the holder with the opportunity to develop their research and ideas collaboratively with members of Nottingham’s thriving research community. 

Highfield Fellows will be offered an honorarium of up to £6,000 to cover accommodation, subsistence and the costs of a return journey to Nottingham (all travel costs are expected to be standard economy fares).

All Highfield Fellows will be provided with office space and facilities in Highfield House on University Park Campus, the current home of CAS.  In addition, all Fellows will be welcomed into the Faculties and will have access to the University Staff Club and library facilities.

At the end of a fellowship, the CAS Management Board requires those who receive funds (nominator and fellow) to provide a 1000 word report on the outcomes of the fellowship. This must be submitted within one month of the conclusion of the project. The report should contain details of any internal or external bids submitted or in preparation as a result of the award. The CAS Management Board reserve the right to use the text of the reports submitted on official CAS promotional literature and Annual Reports and on the CAS web pages.

How to apply – Internal sponsors should send their visiting fellow nominations by email to the CAS administrator Allison Pearson, allison.pearson@nottingham.ac.uk.

Nominations for 2014-2015 Fellows must be received by 5pm on 31st March 2014. We hope to be able to report successful nominations by 1st May 2014.

Nominations should include:

  1. A statement of nomination (max. 2 pages). This should be from a member of the University’s academic staff and detail the collaborative research plans for the visiting fellowship and include the proposed date, cost (itemised budget)*, outline programme of activities and duration of the fellowship. The potential value of the proposed Fellow’s time at Nottingham in terms of research development and/or University Collections should be stated clearly here. The statement of nomination must be endorsed by at least one internal academic sponsor from a different discipline, and have a counter signature by the nominator’s Head of School. The lead School will be expected to make a small contribution to the cost of hosting the Visiting Fellow.
  2. An overview of the proposed Fellow’s Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages, please give evidence of career path to date, international standing and impact on the field and other disciplines).

Should you or your internal nominator wish to discuss your application informally please contact Sally Bowden (Arts) (sally.bowden@nottingham.ac.uk) or Paula Gurteen (Social Sciences) (paula.gurteen@nottingham.ac.uk)

* Please note University guidelines on expenses: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/finance/docs/documents-expenses-manual.htm

The CAS Management Board will have the responsibility of deciding on the successful nominations. Their decision will be based primarily on judgments about:

(a) the research benefits to the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences(b) the track record of the proposed fellow
(c) the research track record of the proposing group
(d) the planned programme of activities.

Scheme details posted 20th Feb 2014


to Professor Lorraine Elliott from the Department of International Relations, The Australian National University, Australia who will join the Centre for Advanced Studies as our Highfield Visiting Fellow for 2014/15 in March 2015 for a period of three months. 
Professor Elliott is internationally recognized as a leading scholar in in the multi-disciplinary fields of global environmental politics and non-traditional security. She will spend this fellowship working within the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) and the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC) to promote intellectual exchange and deepen mutual understanding of the challenges and complexities of effective governance for human security in the Asia and the Pacific.

Highfield Visiting Fellow 2013/14:

Dr Agnes Leu of the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Switzerland
CAS also hosted 2 Fulbright Scholars in 2013/14, please see full details here.

Highfield Visiting Fellows 2011/12:

Randy Thom
Professor Gerardo Otero
Dr Liam Semler
Professor Lyman Tower Sargent
Tom Walsh

Highfield Visiting Fellow 2010/11:

Captain Manshu Xu

Highfield Visiting Fellows 2009/10:

Professor Robert C Allen
Dr Abdul Gffar Abdul Jaffar Razzaq Al-Qaysi
Professor Aijuan Chen
Professor Alexander Nemerov
Professor David L Paletz  
Dr John Perivolaris
Dr Javier Saavedra


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