Applying to IAS

Each year, the Institute for Advanced Study selects approximately 200 Members from an average of more than 1,500 applicants. Members are selected by the Faculty of each School, and come to the Institute for periods as short as one term or as long as several years. Young scholars and applicants from non-traditional backgrounds who have outstanding promise are considered, as are senior scholars whose reputations are already well established. The major consideration in the appointment process is the expectation that each Member’s period of residence at the Institute will result in work of significance and originality. Many Members pursue research related to the special interests of one or more of the Faculty. In other instances, the research of Members is in areas not currently represented by a member of the Faculty.

Applications must be submitted during the academic year preceding the year of membership.

Application materials and guidelines are available from each of the four Schools:

School of Historical Studies

School of Mathematics

School of Natural Sciences

School of Social Science

For information on applying to one of our Special Programs, please visit:

Program for Women+ and Mathematics

Institute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics Institute

Prospects in Theoretical Physics

Summer Program in Social Science