You are here: Home / IEA / Networks / UBIAS Network

UBIAS Network

by Richard Meckien - published Mar 10, 2014 10:35 AM - - last modified Jul 02, 2020 11:19 AM

UBIAS stands for “University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study”. Unlike traditional Institutes for Advanced Study, UBIAS are associated with or embedded within a university, and actively contribute to the academic culture and the scientific achievements of their home university. By offering various fellowship programmes on different academic levels (junior and senior researchers), UBIAS institutes bring together outstanding researchers from different disciplines, nationalities and academic backgrounds, creating a productive environment for innovative research. These common characteristics have proved to be a fruitful basis for mutual exchange, although the individual institutes display a large variety of different concepts and academic pursuits. With their individual profiles, they answer to the specific needs and strengths of their affiliate university. While many institutes have traditionally concentrated on humanities and social sciences, an increasing number of institutes now incorporate theoretical and experimental sciences.


Call for Essays - COVID-19

Intercontinental Academia


"University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study in a Global Perspective: Promises, Challenges, New Frontiers", Freiburg, Germany - Founding Conference

October 25-27, 2010

Coordination Committee in New Delhi, India

March, 2012

"Shaping the Future: Navigating a Changing World", Jerusalem, Israel - Steering Committee Meeting

March 4-6, 2013


"Scientific and Academic Knowledge", Vancouver, Canada - UBIAS Conference

September 17-19, 2013



Videos of presentations held by member institutes of UBIAS at IEA-USP


Related news


"Hasta la Creación del Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IAS) de la Universidad de Costa Rica", San José, Costa Rica - Workshop

February 10-13, 2014


Directors of the IASs of Princeton and Jerusalem visit the IEA-USP

March 24, 2011


The UBIAS network was initiated in 2010, when representatives from 34 research institutes worldwide met at the conference entitled “University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study in a Global Perspective: Promises, Challenges, New Frontiers”, hosted by the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, Germany. The founding of the first UBIAS dates back 40 years. However, the last 10 years have seen an upsurge in the establishment of such institutes across the globe – and this trend continues. The network was established to enable structured forms of exchange in this growing segment, including bi-annual conferences and joint programmes between partner institutes.

Steering Commitee

The UBIAS Steering Committee consists of nine elected members. At the last  Directors’ conference in São Paulo in March 2018, the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of São Paulo in Brazil (IEA-USP) was elected coordinating institute of the UBIAS network for the period of 2018-2020. As chair IEA-USP form together with IAS Perth and IMéRA / Aix-Marseille the so-called  'Triumvirate', the main coordinators of the UBIAS network. The Steering Committee encompasses the 'Triumvirate' and six other members:

The Steering Committee is responsible for identifying overarching themes and objectives for the biennial conferences and approach the Institute that will host the UBIAS conference. Also, they process membership requests and applications.

Network Participants


Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)
South Africa


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Harvard University
United States

Centro de Estudos Avançados (CEAv)
Universidade Estadual de Campinas

John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute
Duke University
United States

Instituto de Estudos Avançados (IEA)
Universidade de São Paolo

Stanford Humanities Center
Stanford University
United States

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
University of British Columbia


Institute for Advanced Research (IAR)
Nagoya University

Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IAS)
Nanjing University

Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS)
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) New Delhi

Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS)
Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS)
Korea, Republic of

Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies
Peking University

Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences
Fudan University

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHS)
National Taiwan University
Taiwan, Province of China

Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS)
Waseda University


Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)
The University of Western Australia

Middle East:

The Institute for Advanced Studies of Jerusalem (IAS)


Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)
Universität Bielefeld

Istituto di Studi Avanzati (IAS)
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Trinity Long Room Hub
Trinity College Dublin

Institute of Advanced Study
Durham University
United Kingdom

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
University of Helsinki

School of Advanced Study
University of London
United Kingdom

Réseau Français des Instituts d’Études Avancées (RFIEA)
Collegium de Lyon, Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées (IMÉRA) de Marseille, Institut d'Études Avancées (IEA) de Nantes, Institut d'Études Avancées (IEA) Paris

Center for Advanced Studies (CAS)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

TUM Institute for Advanced Study
Technische Universität München

Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme - Alsace (MISHA)
Université de Strasbourg

Collegium Helveticum
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ)/Universität Zürich

Institute for Advanced Study Budapest
Central European University Budapest

The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)
University of Birmingham
United Kingdom

Filed under: