About

Transforming the way we think

Founded in 2006, the Institute of Advanced Study offers world-leading researchers a unique space for transformative reflection in and beyond individual disciplines. Some 20 Fellows per year, chosen through international competition, collaborate with Durham colleagues on projects of major intellectual, scientific, cultural and social significance. Fellows work individually and collectively, with each other and with Durham colleagues, to develop emergent thought outside received paradigms. Fellowships are offered both to established, globally-recognised scholars and earlier career researchers of outstanding promise. Each year focuses on four pioneering, interdisciplinary projects, for which the Institute offers both preliminary and follow-up support. Fellows participate in a wide range of events, from public lectures to seminars and workshops. Through its website and newsletter Transformations the Institute connects Durham with a global College of Fellows, and former Fellows regularly return to reengage collaboratively with Durham colleagues. Additionally, the Institute offers a top-level forum of public debate, enabling key-decision makers to discuss pressing policy issues with academic experts in an intellectually stimulating and unrestricted manner.

There are many ways to participate in the life and work of the Institute, which has now moved to accommodate virtual engagement in the post-Covid-19 world. We warmly welcome your involvement.