The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)

city / country: 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
The University of Edinburgh
Hope Park Square
Scotland UK

Tel. +44 (0)131 650 4671

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh provides an enviable location in one of the world’s most intellectually inspiring cities. Located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, IASH was established in 1969 as the first interdisciplinary research institute of its kind in the United Kingdom.  With an established reputation as one of the leading international centres for interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, today IASH provides a supportive environment for postdoctoral researchers, while also attracting successful mid-career and eminent senior scholars. Since its foundation, over 1,000 researchers from more than 66 countries have held IASH fellowships, forming a global alumni community, and many career-long connections begin at the Institute. All Fellows enjoy a lively scholarly atmosphere, together with a dynamic network of local and international connections, which ensures IASH researchers have every opportunity to progress their projects. Put simply, IASH is a place where ideas grow.

Premises and facilities: 

IASH is housed in a secluded 18th Century courtyard just on the edge of the University’s central campus—boasting views of The Meadows parkland. About 25 Fellows are in residence at any one time. Each EURIAS Fellow is provided with a private office with all the usual research facilities, including computer, wifi, telephone and printing facilities.  They also have full borrowing rights at Edinburgh University Library and are able to take advantage of Edinburgh’s rich resources and archives, such as the National Library of Scotland, the National Galleries and Museums, the library of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the National Archives of Scotland. Fellows are expected to attend a weekly Fellow’s Lunch to build community, present their work at least once in a collegial work-in-progress seminar series for testing new ideas, and pursue the invaluable opportunities to collaborate with world class researchers in the various Schools of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Scientific priorities: 

Under the EURIAS Fellowship scheme, IASH expects to appoint scholars of the highest academic calibre internationally, whose work stands at the interface of disciplines, and who are interested in developing new interdisciplinary collaborations. The Institute is an integral part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a period in residence at IASH is an opportunity to forge and strengthen collaborative ties. Therefore, prospective Fellows must demonstrate that their work resonates with the strategic objectives of the College and its Schools.  All disciplines within the broad remit of the humanities and social sciences will be considered, and work that is exploratory, creative and innovative is most welcome, particularly when it bridges disciplinary divides.

Opening to sciences outside the humanities and social sciences: 

Projects from disciplines outside the humanities and social sciences will be considered providing the work falls clearly within the human sciences.