At the Institute for Advanced Study, the world’s greatest thinkers in the sciences and humanities explore ideas and questions that open new frontiers of discovery and transform the way we understand our world. We are an independent institution devoted to basic research and built around four broadly defined fields of study—mathematics, natural sciences, historical studies, and social science—each led by a faculty of preeminent scholars in those areas. Our foremost purpose is to advance the work of the world’s most promising researchers by providing residencies in an ideal environment that give scholars solitude and a quiet space to follow their curiosity, and a collegial and creative community for discussion and debate.
A Model of Visionary Philanthropy
The Institute remains true to its original mission and ever-committed to its model solely based on philanthropy. Unlike other institutions in higher education, the Institute receives no tuition or licensing fees to support the experience it offers. While the initial gift has increased in value over the years, and many generous donors have added to the corpus, the endowment only provides 67% of operating funds. The IAS must rely on gifts from individuals, and grants from foundations and the government to fund scholars and activities on an annual basis. We are grateful to the Board of Trustees, AMIAS, Friends, individuals, foundations, and other organizations for their continued support.
Sources of FY2020
1717% Private Donors
99% Government Agencies
77% Other Income
6767% IAS Endowment
Your Role in Supporting Basic Research
A gift in support of the Institute is an act of visionary thinking that will have exponential impact spanning disciplines, continents, and generations. The Institute remains steadfastly committed to academic freedom and creating a community of diverse voices in scholarship. In a time when the need for basic research is misunderstood or overlooked, and government funding is declining, the IAS stands as a beacon for the most promising minds and ideas.
Advancing the work of visionary thinkers is critical to the future of humankind. The Institute owes its very existence to visionary thinking—that of founding director Abraham Flexner and of philanthropists Louis Bamberger and his sister Caroline Bamberger Fuld, who established IAS with an endowment gift of $5 million in 1930.
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Supports Faculty Research
Library and Computing Research Support
Dining and Housing for Researchers
Buildings, Grounds Maintenance, and Administration
To protect the IAS experience and its important role in academia worldwide, IAS needs a strong base of supporters who can help sustain independent inquiry and the search for deeper knowledge.
Please consider these ways to give and join us in investing in these great minds.