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Institute of Advanced Study


The Institute of Advanced Study is (amongst other things) an incubator for world class ideas and a catalyst for interdisciplinary research, within and beyond Durham University. The Institute does not hold grants or employ research staff: these conventional benchmarks of success belong to the individuals and departments which connect to and pass through the IAS ‘hub'.

The Institute's crucial role is to attract Fellows of the highest calibre to carry out their research at Durham and to work with Durham colleagues on collaborative projects. It also provides essential seed-corn funding for a wide range of inter- and intra- disciplinary research initiatives, which in turn inspire high-level publications, grant applications, research capacity building, policy engagement, and the formation of new research networks.

The Institute requires its Fellows to make appropriate acknowledgements to the IAS at Durham University in publications arising from, or inspired by, their connection with the Institute. We also request that, wherever possible, copies of such publications are sent to the IAS so that they can remain on permanent record in the Fellows' lounge in Cosin's Hall. And every new Fellowship results in a short paper for Insights - a web-based publication that captures some of the cutting edge ideas nurtured by the individuals and activities brought together by IAS.

Recent Publications

Navigating Interdisciplinarity Publication - Revised 2015

'Navigating Interdisciplinarity' is an IAS workshop designed to facilitate research collaboration across disciplines. To assist others embarking upon interdisciplinary research we are making this publication freely available. We ask only that you cite the IAS/Durham as the source. Please download here.

2013/14 Annual Report - Light