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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Welcome to the Institute of Advanced Study

Transforming The Way We Think

The Institute of Advanced Study is a prestigious, ideas-based Institute with global reach. We bring together world-leading researchers from all disciplines to work with Durham colleagues on collaborative projects of major intellectual, scientific, political and practical significance. At least twenty visiting IAS Fellows join us in Durham each year to work with Durham scholars to spark new investigations, set tomorrow's agenda and participate in a varied programme of activities.

Each year, the IAS supports four ambitious interdisciplinary projects tackling major research questions. Leading researchers from around the globe join Durham colleagues in collaborative teams to develop ground-breaking ideas, explore interdisciplinary synergies and develop new programmes of research.

The Institute also serves as a top-level forum, enabling key-decision makers and experts to discuss pressing policy problems in an intellectually stimulating and unrestricted manner. We put on a wide range of public lectures and other events. There are also opportunities for postgraduates and other early career researchers to get involved.

The IAS aims to build research capacity, realise potential, and meet the challenges of a changing world. There are many ways to participate in the life and work of the institute. We warmly welcome your involvement.


Institute of Advanced Study 2020/21 Fellowship - Open to receive applications

The 2020/21 IAS Fellowship scheme is now open to receive applications. The deadline for applications is 07 June 2019.

The IAS seeks to catalyse new thinking on areas of significant interest by bringing together leading international academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners. The IAS Fellowship is a highly effective way to bring leading researchers from across various disciplines to Durham University and expanding its worldwide network of research collaborators.

Fellows may contribute to the any of the four major projects supported and sponsored by the Institute during 2020/21 (see: and/or collaborate with other Durham scholars.

IAS Fellowships are available for a 3-month period usually between October 2020 and March 2021. 

For further details about the 2020/21 IAS Fellowships, please visit:

(1 Apr 2019)

IAS 2019/20 Fellows and Projects announced

2019/20 will see the second year of the IAS sponsored project framework, and builds upon the Institute's experience and the successful engagement between the IAS and colleagues across the university over the last year. The large majority (70%) of the 2019/20 Fellows have been nominated to collaborate on the four high quality, IAS-sponsored collaborative projects, led by Durham PIs

(27 Feb 2019) » More about IAS 2019/20 Fellows and Projects announced