AIAS-PIREAU Fellowships

'Inequality in Health'


Aarhus University’s Platform for Inequality Research (PIREAU) and Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) are pleased to announce five theme-based fellowships of a duration of ten months from September 2023 to June 2024.

Inequalities in health are one of the greatest social challenges of our time. Global health inequities are dramatic both between and within countries. Even in affluent European nations, with free access to many health services, there are surprisingly large differences in health status and life expectancy. Moreover, health inequities are generally increasing. As a result, the UN highlights the fight against inequities and the promotion of health and well-being for all as two key global goals.

The theme of this call for fellowships is 'Inequality in Health,' and the purpose of the theme-based fellowships relates to understanding the causes of health inequalities.

Why apply for an AIAS-PIREAU Fellowship

Interdisciplinary research collaboration and innovative ideas are prerequisite for tackling joint societal challenges. Strengthening global cooperation among relevant research communities will have a significant impact on mitigation of the negative consequences of the many dimensions of inequality in our societies.

The AIAS-PIREAU theme-based fellowships seek to enhance interdisciplinary and global collaboration by engaging an interdisciplinary and international group of excellent researchers in theme-based research projects within the scope of PIREAU - Platform for Inequality Research at Aarhus University.

The research fellows will be based at AIAS with office space and facilities for interaction, in small, medium and large groups. AIAS provides a unique interdisciplinary setting, which offers the researchers the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research, to broaden their research profile and to collaborate with an inspiring international and multidisciplinary community at AIAS, the interdisciplinary research environment of PIREAU and with Aarhus University as a whole.

Who can apply

The call is open for researchers of any nationality and from all disciplines with research profiles within the thematic scope of the call. The target group of the programme is talented researchers at all career stages with minimum a PhD at the time of application deadline.

AIAS and Aarhus University strive to create not only a multidisciplinary, but also an inclusive academic environment, and applicants are welcome regardless of race, religion, nationality, sex, gender, age and disability.

Applicants apply individually, but the five selected candidates are expected to also work together as a group during the course of the fellowship. Furthermore, relevant researchers from PIREAU will be affiliated with the selected group of fellows.

The fellowship includes

All fellows will have a salary based on seniority (employment conditions and wages are regulated through Danish collective union agreements), relocation assistance and relocation costs such as transportation and visa permits, if applicable. Fellows will have an office space, the opportunity to participate in the infrastructure of AIAS, in academic training activities, and in conferences and workshops at AIAS and at the relevant research environments at Aarhus University.

How to apply - the application process

Applications must be submitted online via: GrantOne by 1 February 2023 at 12.00 (noon) CET.

In the ‘Guide for Applicants,’ you can read more about the detailed application requirements, how to use the online application system and the selection process and the selection criteria. 

After the application deadline, applications will be subject to an eligibility screening. A review and selection panel, consisting of members from PIREAU and the AIAS management, will evaluate each eligible proposal and make the final selection. 

Timeline of the application process

  • Opening of call: November 2022.
  • Deadline for applications: 1 February 2023 at 12.00 (noon) CET.
  • Evaluation and selection period: February-April 2023.
  • Applicants will receive answers: April 2023.
  • Fellowships begin: 1 September 2023.

For more information about the process, guidelines or the application system, please contact Programme Manager Helle Villekold at


The Platform for Inequality Research at Aarhus University (PIREAU) brings together a broad range of researchers from a variety of disciplines to conduct cutting-edge research on inequality.

The ambition of PIREAU is to facilitate true interdisciplinary research at the highest international level and thereby make a significant contribution to our understanding of inequality.

PIREAU is funded by Aarhus University and hosts more than 30 researchers from eight departments, including Clinical Medicine, Economics and Business Economics, Dentistry and Oral Health, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, and the Danish School of Education.


About AIAS

As an 'Institute for Advanced Study,' AIAS brings researchers together across disciplines, seniority and nationality. AIAS offers fellowships for excellent researchers from all core academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge research projects for the benefit of society and humankind in optimal research conditions.

The daily encounter with the diverse research disciplines at AIAS provides fellows with fresh and different insights and perspectives on their own research, leading to new and unexpected research questions and ideas.

Application date
10 months
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, History
Social sciences : Demography, Law, Economy, Geography, Management and Public administration, Gender studies, Identities, gender and sexuality, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, International Relations, Political science, Sociology
Other : Medicine