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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Advanced Study Groups 2020 – 2021

The purpose of the Pufendorf IAS is to stimulate collaboration between researchers from different disciplines within Lund University. The institute offers practical opportunities to develop interdisciplinary working methods and novel ideas for 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 during the period autumn semester 2020 – spring semester 2021.

What is an ASG?

An ASG gathers a group of researchers from different disciplines around a common 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 to result in for example a research application or in research communication of various kinds. An accomplished rejection of an original idea can also be considered a successful result.
The number of disciplines included is not fixed, but 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 have to be employed by 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 during the period from September to May. The group has free 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 towards the 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 external 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, i.e. the last day of the spring semester 2021, 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 to be held in the house. 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, a film, a podcast, a 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 include a brief summary of the group’s meetings and events, a list of invited speakers and 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, qualifying their knowledge contribution to the ASG;
  • a plan of how to structure the members work together
  • 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)

Document 2. Relevant CVs for participating researchers, max 1 page per participant

Document 3. A tentative budget for activities (It is not necessary to state the names of guests to invite here, these can be suggested later, while working in the ASG))

Decision-making process

Decisions on new ASGs are taken by the board of the Pufendorf IAS. The processing time is estimated at 2 months, which means that the applicants will be notified of the decision in March 2020. 

For more information, please contact: 

Ann-Katrin Bäcklund, directorann-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 03


We look forward to reading your application!



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About the application

Your electronic application must be received by the Pufendorf IAS no later than 7 January 2020.

Email: 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