CASY-ISA Fellowship program

One of the key mission of CASY is to set up a regular fellowship program so as to establish a permanent flow of distinguish scientists interested in the research activity of the center. The fellowship program is organized in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Study (ISA) of the University of Bologna which, since Spring 2001, has been conceived as a dedicated structure for promoting and organizing cultural exchange between University of Bologna and international research centers. The collaboration between CASY and ISA regarding the joint fellowship program has been formalized in an official agreement.

The fellowship program will promote Senior and Junior fellowships. The Senior fellowship program, mainly directed to scientists and scholars on sabbatical leave from their home institutions, regards two-three positions for year each of that from two to a maximum of six months. The Junior fellowship program, mainly directed to scientists/ scholars holding a Ph.D. degree from an established academic institution and wishing to carry out postdoctoral research at CASY, regards one-two positions for year of twelve months each. The Senior and Junior visiting fellows are provided with accommodation at one of the Institute's suites at Villa Gandolfi Pallavicini, the structure housing the ISA, with study spaces at the location of CASY and with a grant covering living and research expenses.

The Senior-Junior fellowships are jointly nominated by the scientific committees of CASY and ISA. Specifically, the Senior fellows are decided on a set of possible nominations regarding outstanding scientists working in research topics of interest for the activity of the center. On the contrary the Junior fellowships program is based on public calls on specific research topics and evaluation of all the applications.

The Institute of Advanced Study of the University of Bologna has been conceived as a place of learning for inquisitive minds to explore fundamental issues in a powerfully and genuinely cross-disciplinary context. The Institute began its activities in Spring 2001, joining the small number of similar institutions in the world with a distinctive mission and structure. It was indeed founded to provide a forum for scholars and scientists visiting the University of Bologna and wishing to devote the best of their time and creative energy to specific projects of theoretical or applied research.

The Institute aims to provide scholars not only with an institutional base but also with a unique opportunity to exert their full innovative potential by interacting both with each other and with the large community of scholars and scientists in Bologna. In fact, the Institute is a constituent member of the University of Bologna, and its resident fellows will help visiting fellows to build a fruitful network of contacts both within and outside the University.

The University of Bologna has a distinguished record of scientific achievement going back to the eleventh century. It is now a thriving community of intellectuals and scientists deeply rooted in the European setting and firmly committed to cross-fertilisation with other academic cultures and intellectual traditions. With its rich blend of knowledge and ideas encompassing a millennial tradition, it is in a privileged position to promote a fruitful exchange of research perspectives and projects at the dawn of the new millennium.

The Institute's core activities are the Visiting Fellowship programme and the Focus Groups programme. Visiting Fellows are normally established scholars and scientists working on fundamental or applied research, often in association with a Department or a Research Centre of the University. Focus Groups are informal initiatives aimed at encouraging cross-fertilization across disciplinary boundaries. They are co-ordinated by one or more convenor and consist of Visiting Fellows and other members of the University. Their activity leads to interdisciplinary workshops open to graduate students and other interested scholars and scientists. Further information about the Institute and the housing Villa Gandolfi Pallavicini can be found at the URL http://www.isa.unibo.it
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