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Funding Instruments

Towards its missions, the IAS - Luxembourg implements four strategic funding instruments:

  • Distinguished: Attraction of distinguished international visiting fellows
  • Audacity: Leveraging bold and interdisciplinary projects at the very forefront of science
  • Young academics: Attraction of talented PhD candidates and Post-Docs
  • Brainstorm: Small-size brainstorm meetings on emerging research questions and topics
Distinguished Audacity Young Academics Brainstorm



Description. The main purpose of the instrument Distinguished is to enable and encourage research groups of the University of Luxembourg to engage with distinguished international researchers, teachers and thinkers. Within the third mission of the University, Outreach to Society, the instrument can also attract international policy makers, and representatives of the arts, government or industry. Distinguished fellows will strengthen the University’s activities and reinforce the development of new ideas on fundamental research, teaching approaches and for addressing global challenges, thereby enriching Luxembourg’s academic and intellectual environment. In order to ensure that a wide cross-section of the University community as well as Luxembourg society benefits from the impact of the visit, IAS Visiting Fellows will take part in activities such as: (i) research/training events targeted at early career scholars, (ii) interdisciplinary activity, including the writing of audacious research projects aimed at an audience beyond the Fellow’s immediate field of specialism, (iii) public events to engage society, together with the University community and other IAS Visiting Fellows, (iv) and, where appropriate, in teaching activities.

Selection principles. Applicants to the “Distinguished” fellowship will be selected by the College of Fellows of the IAS Luxembourg. The duration of stay can be from a minimum of a week to a maximum of 6 months. The selection is based on the quality of the applicant and their fit with the host research group at the University of Luxembourg.

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Description. The aim of the instrument Audacity is to enable audacious interdisciplinary research, breaking the barriers between scientific disciplines and sectors, and fostering increased collaboration at the University of Luxembourg. The projects are expected to be at the forefront of science and to have a distinctly bold and audacious character with a high element of risk. The projects can act as preliminary studies, so enabling and reinforcing later submissions to external funding instruments such as FNR, Horizon Europe, ERC, ESA etc. Securing such follow-up funding will be considered as a success measure of the Audacity instrument.

Selection principles. The IAS will open a yearly call for projects with a maximum lifespan of 4 years. The Scientific Council of the IAS, composed of University-internal and University-external experts, will select the project proposals after oral presentations by the applicants. The presentations will be open to the University community, thereby making the selection process an open scientific event of the University. The selection criteria are the excellence, the audacious character as well as the interdisciplinarity of the submitted projects. Principal investigators having been granted an IAS-Audacity project are not eligible to submit a new project for the 2 years following their grant acquisition.

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Young academics

Description. The instrument Young academics aims to attract outstanding PhD candidates and Post-doctoral researchers, who wish to conduct their interdisciplinary research in one of the University of Luxembourg’s research groups. Their interdisciplinary project is run under the responsibility of a supervisor of the University of Luxembourg. This instrument contributes to positioning the University as the place to be for interdisciplinary research, and as an attractive employer with appealing working conditions. For their career development, the selected Young academics will benefit from schemes such as the University of Luxembourg Leadership Academy (ULLA), a catalogue of interdisciplinary and short courses or lectures in transversal skills.

Selection principles. Applicants to “Young academics” will be selected by the Scientific Council of the IAS. The selection criteria are excellence of the candidate and the quality of an interdisciplinary project.

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Description. This instrument shall support small-size brainstorm meetings (15 to maximum 30 people), considered as the ideal forum for exchanges on emerging research questions, often spanning more than one discipline or sector. Such workshops, organised by a member of the University of Luxembourg or an IAS - Luxembourg visiting distinguished fellow, are expected to bring together a selected group of international scientists to discuss the latest pre-publication research at the edge of the concerned field. The target audience will include international experts, researchers from the University of Luxembourg and/or Luxembourg’s Public Research Institutes, IAS’ Young academics and PhD candidates or Post-doctoral researchers. Junior participants will gain new understanding of emerging fields through dialogue with more senior experts. The Brainstorm workshops are expected to lead to new research projects, networks or short position/white papers, published on an international level.

Selection principles. Applications to the Brainstorm workshops will be selected by the College of IAS Fellows. The selection is based on the quality of the Brainstorm idea and the expected participants, and the potential to lead to new ideas and initiates.

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