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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Advanced Study Groups

The purpose of the Pufendorf IAS is to stimulate collaboration between researchers from different disciplines within Lund University. The Institute offers an opportunity to develop novel ideas for interdisciplinary research. Employees at Lund University are hereby invited to suggest scientific problem areas, suitable for work in an Advanced Study Group (ASG) at the Pufendorf IAS. This call invites applications for groups to start twice a year, at the start of each term.

Two opportunities to apply

The call for applications for ASG, is open year round with deadlines twice a year.  Groups that wish to start work in the autumn term must submit their application no later than the 10th of May. Groups that wish to start work in the spring term must submit their application no later than the 10th of November. Groups that are acceped run for two terms.

  • Groups submitting their application in May, start their work in september and finish at the end of the coming spring term.
  • Groups submitting their application in November start their work in January and finish at the end of the coming autumn term.


What is an ASG?

An ASG gathers a group of researchers from different disciplines around a shared research problem. An ASG presents an opportunity to work together on a complex idea that is still at an early stage of development. The objective is for the group to develop knowledge, which can lead to future research. An accomplished rejection of an original idea may also be considered a successful result.

The number of disciplines included is not fixed, but contributions from several faculties are usually needed. Imperative is that the ASG gathers the expertise required to successfully address the described interdisciplinary problem area.

The members of the group must be employed at Lund University during the ASG’s period of activity. Within the framework of their research studies, doctoral students may take part in the group on condition that their participation is approved by their respective heads of department and supervisor/s.


How does an ASG work together?

The group holds its meetings, seminars and workshops at the institute, once per month or more. The group has access to the Pufendorf IAS premises and funds for inviting guests, holding seminars and workshops, etc. The main objective is for the group to develop collective knowledge for a prospective future. External research communication may be an outcome, but is not a requirement.


Allocated financial funds

The institute will contribute a maximum of SEK 100 000 for costs associated with seminars, travel for external participants, etc. Groups can use funds to remunerate visiting speakers, but cannot use them to cover any salary costs.

The purpose of the financial support is to continuously assist the group’s knowledge development; therefore, a maximum of 30 % of the funding can be used on a single occasion. As a general rule, contributions to conference travel or fieldwork is not granted, but it is of course possible to use other funds for such activities, within the framework of an ASG.

The awarded grant is a cost framework which can be used during the two semesters at the institute. The money is not disbursed to the group as its own funding. At the end of the assigned period, access to the funding within the cost framework will cease.


Institute requirements

The institute’s activities presume participation and attendance. The research groups’ meetings and seminars are normally to be held in the house. (Activities in the house are adjusted to secure a safe work environment, during the present covid-19 situation.) 

The ASG should be concluded with a forward-looking activity emphasising further studies. The group’s synthesis activity may vary in form; it may result in a research application, digital product, book publication or a minor conference, for example.

A report describing the group’s activities is to be submitted to the institute on conclusion of the ASG. The report is to is to feedback on your application and include a brief summary of the group’s meetings and events and possible future plans. The participants also undertake to participate in the surveys that form the basis for the development of the institute’s activities.


What an ASG proposal should include

The proposal may be written either in Swedish or English and is to include a description of the research problem to be addressed, a presentation of the members of the proposed group, and a plan for how the members intend to structure their work together. In an attached budget, the costs of seminars and lectures by invited speakers can be estimated. In summary, we wish to receive:

  • a description of a multidisciplinary research problem;
  • a description of what the group wishes to achieve during the year in relation to the problem area;
  • a presentation of the participating researchers and knowledge contribution to the ASG;
  • a plan of how to structure the work
  • an estimated budget for the activities

The application is to be divided into three documents with the following content:

Document 1

A description of the problem and strategy for the planned work, max 5 pages (excl. references) with a front page listing the names and department of the applicants.

Document 2

Relevant CVs for participating researchers, max 1 page per participant

Document 3

A tentative budget for activities (It is not necessary at this stage to state the names of guests to invite)


Decision-making process

Decisions on new ASGs are taken by the board of the Pufendorf IAS. Applicants will be notified no later than two weeks after deadline.

For more information, you are welcome to contact:

Ann-Katrin Bäcklund, director, ann-katrin [dot] backlund [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] seext: 2 04 71

Eva Persson, coordinator, eva [dot] persson [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] seext: 2 62 03


We look forward to reading your application!



About the call for applications for ASG

Your electronic application for an ASG to start in September 2021 must be received by the Pufendorf IAS no later than May 10th, 2021.

Your electronic application for an ASG to start in January 2022 must be received by the Pufendorf IAS no later than November 10th, 2021.

Send your application to ansokan [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] se


Ann-Katrin Bäcklund, director
 ann-katrin [dot] backlund [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] se
ext: 2 04 71
Eva Persson, coordinator
 eva [dot] persson [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] se
 ext: 2 62 06