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Institute of Advanced Study


At the core of IAS activities lie generously funded international fellowship programmes. These allow the IAS to bring to Durham the world's finest scholars and non-academics (e.g. intellectuals, artists, writers, journalists, policy makers, and politicians) from the full spectrum of science, social science, arts and humanities disciplines to address themes of global significance.

IAS Fellows contribute to the Institute's annual theme (where applicable), which is normally publicised a year in advance, and IAS sponsored projects. COFUND Fellows can work with the IAS theme or independantly of it. These Fellowships provide the holders with the space and time to develop their research and ideas in a thriving community of scholars of national and international standing. All Fellows engage and forge strong links with at least one department at Durham and integrate within Colleges. All are encouraged to take the opportunity to deliver papers at events organised within Durham.

Details of current and former fellows can be found by following the links to the left of this page.

“Over the years I have visited many different laboratories and centers of excellence; but the institute at Durham may well have been the very best place I have encountered. It is not often that one can work with a sociologist, an anthropologist, an archaeologist, a philosopher of science, a structural chemist, and several people interested in modelling financial markets, all in offices next door to each other or just down the hall…where the conversation ranges across all disciplines. To see how [they] approach human endeavors similar to those of astronomers, and to get suggestions on distantly related work that I would not normally have come across on my own, this was an inspiring place.”

Professor Martin Harwit, Astronomer, Cornell University, and former Director of the Washington Air and Space Museum

IAS Fellowship Scheme