Israel Institute for Advanced Studies


Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) is a national institution devoted to academic research. Located at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on the Edmond J. Safra campus at Givat Ram, the IIAS is a self-governing body, both in its administrative function as well as its academic pursuit.

The primary function of the Institute is to encourage and support collaborative research. Along with collaborative Research Groups, the Institute annually hosts six Advanced Schools as well as many conferences.

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The IIAS invites scholars from Israel and abroad to submit proposals for individual fellowships and Research Group (RG) proposals for the 2026-2027 academic year, with a deadline of December 1, 2024 (midnight). Topics for individual fellowships may encompass any research area from any discipline and should aim to be innovative, potentially influencing research in the field. Additionally, scholars interested in collaborating on the same project should apply individually while clearly expressing their intention to work together. As for Research Group proposals, initiator(s) affiliated with any academic institution in Israel or abroad are encouraged to submit, covering research topics across all disciplines, including interdisciplinary research, and should also strive for innovation with the potential to impact their research field.



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Exploring the Nature of Justification: Insights from James Pryor's Research

Exploring the Nature of Justification: Insights from James Pryor's Research

2 April, 2024


James Pryor, a philosopher at New York University and a member of the "Practical and Theoretical Rationality: A Comparative Study" research group at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in 2012, grapples with the elusive concept of justification in his paper, "Is There Immediate Justification?" Immediate justification, as Pryor discusses, refers to the idea that beliefs can be justified without relying on other beliefs or evidence.


Prof. Ronit Ricci Explores Javanese Literature in "Storied Island"

1 April, 2024


Prof. Ronit Ricci, a former IIAS fellow and recipient of the prestigious Michael Bruno Memorial Award, presents her latest edited volume, "Storied Island: New Explorations in Javanese Literature."

"Storied Island" offers a fresh perspective on Javanese literature, a rich yet often overlooked tradition spanning over a millennium. Ricci, both editor and contributor, delves into the nuances of Javanese literary expression, examining its evolution, cultural influences, and relationship with traditional arts like puppetry and dance.


Investigating Excimer Formation: Insights from Dr. Roi Baer's Research

31 March, 2024

Dr. Roi Baer, a former fellow at IIAS during the 2011-2012 academic year and the organizer of the Jerusalem Nonadiabatica conference in 2018, has contributed to a significant study recently published in The Journal of Chemical Physics.


In this study, Dr. Baer and his team delved into the intricate relationship between light and molecules, with a focus on a molecule called [2,2]-paracyclophane (PCP). Their objective was to uncover the mechanisms behind the formation of "excimers" within PCP—instances where molecules forge unique bonds when exposed to light.

Professor Jonathan D. Sarna Reflects on the Impact of October 7 Attacks on Jewish communities across North America.

Professor Jonathan D. Sarna Reflects on the Impact of October 7 Attacks on Jewish communities across North America.

19 March, 2024

 Photo: Courtesy Charles Darwin Foundation


Historian and former IIAS fellow, Professor Jonathan D. Sarna, recently engaged in a thought-provoking discussion shedding light on the reverberations of the October 7 attacks in Israel. Hosted by Jeffrey Salkin, the conversation delved into the profound implications of these events on Jewish communities, both in Israel and the United States.

Omer Bartov explores Holocaust References and Contemporary Discourse in 'Weaponizing Language'"

Omer Bartov explores Holocaust References and Contemporary Discourse in 'Weaponizing Language'"

22 March, 2024

 Photo: Courtesy Metoc


Omer Bartov, a former fellow at the IIAS and participant in the "Galicia: Literary and Historical Approaches to the Construction of a Jewish Place" research group, delves into the resurgence of Holocaust references in public discourse in his Essay "Weaponizing Language."

Highlighting the alarming rise in antisemitism and violent actions against Jews, Bartov explores the misuse of terms like genocide and Holocaust, particularly within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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  • "There was something magical about the Institute, the people and the beautiful and serene campus, which I cannot quite explain, but it provided exactly the right mixture of quiet surrounding for research and opportunities to get together, consult and exchange ideas."

    Eyal Benvenisti

    University of Cambridge


  • "IAS was my home away from home for four times in two turbulent decades. It was a haven of tranquility, reflection, camaraderie and sheer beauty. Cooperation within my immediate groups was a source of abundant inspiration, but what made the IAS experience unique was the presence and influence of other groups. In my mind, the IAS comes closest to the ideal community of scholars."


    Yoram Shachar

    IDC Herzliya


  • "[My stay at the Institute] gave me the sense of a special place and time, separated from other activities and commitments, and forever associated with research on the topic of our collective endeavor... Such an environment offers a special kind of inspiration."


    David Konstan

    New York University