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How do you apply for a Theme?

The opportunity to apply for a theme is announced once a year, with the deadline for applications early in the same year that the theme is expected to start during the autumn semester. The call for applications and instructions can be found on this website, and elsewhere, at least three months before the final date for applications. The applications should have one or more principal applicants who can act as the group’s coordinators and members are to represent at least three different faculties. The proposal is to point out a research problem, present the research group and propose a plan for the intended structure of the work. 

We also request proposals for possible visiting research fellows who can be affiliated to the theme for a minimum of two months up to a maximum of four months. To enable an international researcher to allocate time as soon as the following semester or the semester after, it is advisable for the potential candidates to have been asked and made aware of the opportunity as soon as possible.

The budget appended to the application is to present salary costs and costs for guest lecturers, seminars etc. The application is to be sent to the Pufendorf IAS via email. We also request that the project description, budget and CVs are not sent as more than a total of three PDF files. We always reply to confirm acceptance of the application, so that you know it has been submitted in time.

Who can apply for a theme?

All researchers with a PhD degree at Lund University are welcome to apply for a theme. Members employed at other universities or who are in some way active as researchers in Sweden or abroad can be included as members in a theme, but the majority of the group is to consist of researchers at Lund University. We welcome research groups that include both women and men and junior and senior researchers. In addition to researchers employed through their home departments, the research group can engage further people on the project. For example, there is no obstacle to doctoral students with expertise in one of the theme’s areas being part of the group. However, the Institute cannot pay salaries to doctoral students or people who are not researchers.