We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

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.


Osman Hill Memorial Lecture and Medal 2018

The IAS’s Acting Executive Director, Professor Rob Barton, has been recognised by the Primate Society of Great Britain for his contribution to primate cognition, behaviour and brain evolution, and for his contributions to the Society. Professor Barton will be presented the medal at the Society’s forthcoming winter meeting in December.

The Osman Hill Memorial Lecture was established in 1977 to commemorate the influential anatomist and primatologist, Osman Hill , who died in 1975.


(28 Nov 2018)

Call for IAS Projects: 2020//21

The IAS aims to support academic staff in developing ambitious, novel interdisciplinary research. Each year the Institute supports four high-quality, interdisciplinary projects.


The call for outline proposals is now open.


Each project should involve at least two departments. Resource is now provided for the buyout from departmental duties of two project PIs (at the same level of IAS Fellows, up to £8,000 for 3-months). Buyout has increased following the repurposing the Christopherson-Knott (CK) Fellowship. This provides a total of up to eight PIs – two per project – and each project leader (PI) will be awarded an IAS Christopherson Knott Fellowship.

Full details about the process, projects and nominations and relevant forms are available on the IAS website here.

(9 Nov 2018) » More about Call for IAS Projects: 2020//21

Thursday 13 December 2018

Monday 17 December 2018

Monday 14 January 2019