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WIRL-COFUND | Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Leadership Programme

The IAS WIRL-COFUND project has received funding the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme (grant agreement number 713548). These fellowships will develop the next generation of research leaders by bringing together early career researchers from around the world into an interdisciplinary research environment where they will undertake a new, independent research project and participate in the IAS Accolade Programme, an extensive training programme aimed at building an independent research profile and establishing a research career.

The programme will recruit 30 fellows from around the world over four cohorts, the first of which started in September 2017. Calls will be open to researchers in any discipline, but the research proposed should show a strong link to one of the Warwick Global Research Priorities.

  • Please refer to the Review Process & Timeline for queries about the process of applications, redress & feedback
  • Please see the 2019 Call Documents & FAQs section for further guidance
  • If you have additional queries please email IAS at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Eligibility Criteria

The fellowship applicant must demonstrate transnational mobility and, on 30th April 2020, must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work/study etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years prior to this deadline.

On 30th April 2020, applicants must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be eligible to apply for a WIRL-COFUND Fellowship

In addition applicants to refer to the other criteria in the Guide for Applicants document regarding the technical details of the application

Review Process & Timeline

recruitment timetable

  • Call for applications open | 1st October 2019
  • Call closes | 30th November 2019 (23:59 UK Time)
  • Eligibility checks | 2rd - 15th December 2019
  • Applications sent out for review | 16th December 2019
  • IAS office closed for christmas period | 24th December 2019 - 2nd January 2020
  • Moderation Panel meeting | 10th March 2020
  • Invitation to interview sent out | 11th March 2020
  • Interviews | 28th - 30th April 2020
  • Notification of successful & unsuccessful candidates | after 4th May 2020
  • WIRL-COFUND Cohort 4 start | September 2020

Please note that all dates and times refer to UK local time. The IAS may change these dates as appropriate.

Redress & Feedback

Because of the high number of applications expected, it will not be possible to provide feedback to candidates who are not invited for interview.

Applicants who are interviewed will receive feedback on the outcome of their interview and an overall assessment of their application, its assessment score and strengths and weaknesses as identified during the interview.

Candidates will have the right to submit a request for redress following the outcome of the eligibility, shortlisting and interview stages. Redress will only apply to matters of eligibility and the decisions of the panels and reviewers will not be open to appeal. A Committee comprising the Moderating Panel membership will consider and review any matters of redress, the outcome of which will be communicated by the IAS Director (Panel Chair).

The University of Warwick will process the personal data contained within your fellowship application for the purpose considering your application for the IAS WIRL-COFUND fellowship project .

The legal basis for processing this personal data is performance of a contract.

Your personal data will be shared or disclosed to any third parties external to the University of Warwick. including external Academic reviewers who will consider and assess your application, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding evaluators who will require personal data to administer the funding for the programme and the COFUND programme facilitators who will process data for the purposes of administering the programme and facilitating the project at the University of Warwick

Your personal data will be transferred outside of the EEA, will be kept securely by the University of Warwick and will be retained for a period of five years after the closure of the WIRL COFUND Programme in December 2021

The University of Warwick is the Data Controller of this information and is committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with Data Protection Legislation. Please visit the University’s Data Protection webpages for further information in relation to your rights and how the University processes your personal data. The University’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted through and any requests or complaints should be made in writing to the University’s Data Protection Officer.