Institute for Advanced Study Invites Membership Applications for 2024–25 Academic Year

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), located in Princeton, NJ, is one of the world’s leading centers for curiosity-driven research. Founded in 1930, IAS is an independent, private institution that provides its small community of scholars with the freedom to pursue intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other administrative obligations. Each year, scholars from around the world are invited to submit an application to pursue their own research within one of the Institute's four Schools: Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Science. The Institute is currently inviting applications for the 2024–25 academic year.

During their appointment, accepted scholars (known as "Members") will receive access to the extensive resources of the Institute, including offices, libraries, and subsidized dining and housing facilities. The types of Membership offered, eligibility requirements, and application processes vary from School to School. Summaries of each School's research activities and links to more detailed application information can be found below.

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School of Historical Studies

The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern, and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon the Greek and Roman world, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, history of science, and late modern history. The School also offers the Edward T. Cone Membership in Music Studies.

Learn more about applying to the School of Historical Studies


School of Mathematics
The School of Mathematics invites applications from mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists from all mathematical subject areas and career levels. Memberships are also offered to participants engaged in the annual Special-Year Program. During the 2024–25 academic year, the theme of the Special-Year Program will be Algebraic and Geometric Combinatorics.

Learn more about applying to the School of Mathematics


School of Natural Sciences
The School of Natural Sciences offers Memberships in the areas of theoretical astrophysics, biology, cosmology, mathematical physics, quantum field theory, particle phenomenology, string theory, and quantum gravity. 

Learn more about applying to the School of Natural Sciences


School of Social Science
The School of Social Science welcomes applications from scholars across a wide range of fields in the social sciences and related disciplines. Approximately half of each year's selected scholars work in the year's designated theme, half on other projects. The theme for the 2024–25 academic year is The Politics of Migration and Displacement as a Form of Life.

Learn more about applying to the School of Social Science


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Funding Sources for Memberships
The Institute is proud to be supported by many funding bodies, including but not limited to the following. Submitting an application automatically enters each applicant into consideration for all funding streams for which they are eligible. 

  • The Stavros Niarchos Foundation supports a Stavros Niarchos Foundation Member based within the School of Historical Studies or the School of Social Science, working in the field of Hellenic Studies.
  • The Centro De Estudios Europa Hispanica / Center for Spain in America supports a John Elliott Member within the School of Historical Studies, working on Early Modern Spain from the XV century to the beginning of the XIX century.
  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation supports a Gladys Krieble Delmas Member within the School of Historical Studies, working on European and/or American history and the letters.
  • The Gerda Henkel Stiftung Foundation supports a Gerda Henkel Stiftung Member in the School of Historical Studies. Applicants who are citizens of European Union countries are eligible for this funding stream.
  • The Minerva Research Foundation (Fernholz Foundation) supports Minerva Research Foundation Members within the School of Mathematics.
  • The Alfred Landecker Foundation supports Alfred Landecker Members within the Schools of Historical Studies and Social Science, working on themes of group hatred, collective capital crimes, digitality, and political order.
  • The Mellon Foundation supports the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Assistant Professors and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Visiting Professor in the Humanities within the School of Historical Studies. Please note: This funding source requires an additional application through the Mellon Foundation.

Inquiries about Membership applications can be sent to the appropriate School by email: (School of Historical Studies); (School of Mathematics); (School of Natural Sciences); (School of Social Science).