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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.


IAS Research Postgraduate Fund

The Institute of Advanced Study has a small fund available to support research postgraduates organising Durham based events of a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature. Applications for funding are now being accepted for activities taking place during the 2018/19 year. To apply to this fund, please complete the pro forma on the IAS website and submit no later than 14 November 2018 (see:  If you have any questions please contact IAS Manager, Linda Crowe.

(4 Oct 2018)

The IAS welcomes the Michaelmas Term of Fellows

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its first cohort of Fellows for Michaelmas term. Building on its capacity to attract leading international scholars, the IAS is hosting a range of researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. 2018/19 sees the introduction of an IAS framework in which we support four high-quality, interdisciplinary projects addressing major research questions. These projects also integrate several visiting IAS Fellows during 2018/19.

Fellows this term include, among others, psychologist Dr Joanne Arciuli from the University of Sydney whose interdisciplinary and cross-linguistic program of basic and applied research spans Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, and Speech-Language Pathology; historian Professor Peter H. Hansen from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, whose scholarship investigates the entangled histories of mountaineering and modernity; and anthropologist Dr Tamara Kohn from the University of Melbourne, whose research has explored issues of identity and belonging, the body and senses, and methods and ethics in anthropological research.

Fellows will be engaging and collaborating with Durham colleagues on a number of different interdisciplinary Durham-led projects, and each Fellow will deliver a seminar and public lecture, as well as engaging with their College. 

Discover more about the IAS visiting Fellows this term by visiting or contact the IAS at: 

(1 Oct 2018)

Monday 22 October 2018

Thursday 25 October 2018

Monday 29 October 2018