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Institute for Advanced Studies

Organisational unit: Department

Organisation profile

The purpose of the Institute for Advanced Studies is to enhance research and intellectual life at the University of Bristol by funding workshops and fellowships in pursuit of new ideas; by staging distinguished lectures and lively debates; and by facilitating interaction between Bristol academics and outstanding scholars from overseas and elsewhere in the UK.

The IAS encompasses all disciplines within the University, promotes creative interdisciplinarity, and seeks to extend the public reach of the University through dissemination activities and external collaborations.

The IAS is located in Research and Enterprise Development and has meeting rooms in Royal Fort House and residential accommodation for visiting scholars in nearby University Walk.

In addition to supporting fresh research initiatives from across the University and those related to the University Research Institutes and Specialist Research Institutes, IAS seeks to develop its own 'meta-themes' such as 'Diversity' for 2016-18.

The IAS offers useful resources for different types of activity, the main funding channels are:

  • Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships
  • University Research Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships
  • IAS Research Fellowships
  • Research Workshop Scheme
  • UG Interdisciplinary Research Internships Scheme


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Contact information

Research Enterprise Development (RED)
3rd Floor
Senate House
United Kingdom
  • Phone: 0117 331 7757
  • Phone: 0117 928 9172