Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS)

city / country: 
Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies
Buildings 1630-1632
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B
8000 Aarhus C

Tel. +45 (0)871 53558

Contact person: Helle Villekold


The Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) was initiated by Aarhus University as a means to advance highest quality research by attracting talented, highly qualified researchers worldwide and within all disciplines. AIAS is an independent institution built on the classical ideas of an Institute for Advanced Study: a place for excellent researchers to undertake free and independent research projects for a limited period of time. About 35 fellows from all over the world and from all academic disciplines are hosted by AIAS at the same time. The Institute offers career and competence development to all fellows, and fellows are encouraged to participate in various kinds of collaboration and exchange with other fellows, and with researchers, research groups and advanced students at Aarhus University and abroad to enhance the AIAS fellows’ talent and career opportunities. The weekly Fellows’ Monday Lunch and the annual 18-20 Fellows’ Seminars serve to bring fellows together across disciplines, nationalities and seniority.


Premises and facilities: 

The Institute is housed in a completely renovated building designed to meet and facilitate groundbreaking research and knowledge exchange. Whether fellows work in the lab or mainly behind the desk, AIAS will provide the facilities needed. All fellows have their own office equipped with up-to-date high quality IT and furniture. The AIAS building has spaces designed for small seminars and workshops as well as lectures and conferences that draw hundreds of audience members. Situated at the Aarhus University campus, AIAS is close to the city centre of Aarhus – a thriving university city that dates back to around 770 AD. AIAS offers in-house relocation services that include assistance with house searching and answering all questions related to relocating to Aarhus. 


Scientific priorities: 

At AIAS, the bottom-up principle govern the scientific priorities as fellows are free to choose their research project within all academic areas. Fellows are selected solely according to the criterion of excellence, and AIAS supports both disciplinary and multidisciplinary research projects. As a result, the Institute covers a wide spectrum of scientific fields: from research in breast cancer, through climate change in the Arctic, to politics in times of fiscal crisis or literary studies. Due to the multidisciplinary and international environment of the Institute, fellows have ample opportunity to extend scientific collaborations and exchange ideas across academic disciplines, research traditions and cultures. The Institute encourages such collaborations by offering the facilities needed and by administratively and financially supporting events and projects that are born during their fellowships, as well as after their stay at AIAS. Historically, AIAS has an almost equal representation of Natural Science/Health versus Arts/Social Sciences, and the same goes for female and male researchers.

Opening to sciences outside the humanities and social sciences: 

AIAS is open to researchers from all scientific disciplines.