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One of our fellows in the spotlight – Anne Merker

Anne Merker, 2014 USIAS Fellow, was interviewed for the University of Strasbourg’s L’actualité de...

New discovery in Egypt by Fellow Frédéric Colin

Three sarcophagi dating from the 18th dynasty have just been discovered by Frédéric Colin and his...

Video recordings of USIAS Annual Symposium 2019 now available

Alison Wolf and Martin Wolf were the keynote speakers at the Symposium, which took place on 21...

CNRS Gold Medal 2019 presented to Thomas Ebbesen by Emmanuel Macron

On the evening of Tuesday 26 November 2019, the CNRS Gold Medal, the highest scientific distinction...


USIAS in brief

The University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS) was created in 2012 to fund excellent, original research in all scientific domains and to serve as a place of intellectual innovation. USIAS is a flagship project of the Excellence Initiative (IdEx) of the University of Strasbourg, within the national strategy for Investments in the Future (Investissements d’avenir) of France.

Through its Fellowship programme and activities such as the short visit programme and lecture series, USIAS welcomes and supports outstanding researchers from all countries and disciplinary backgrounds. Each year, the institute selects 10-20 Fellows for a period of between three months and two years to undertake innovative research.

Strasbourg is the seat of important European institutions such as the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Parliament. Its historic city centre with the thousand-year old Cathédrale Notre-Dame is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, as is the late 19th century Neustadt area adjacent to the central campus of the University of Strasbourg.

The University of Strasbourg, currently the largest in France, traces its history back to 1621. It has been home to historic figures such as Gutenberg, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Louis Pasteur, Georg Simmel, Albert Schweitzer and Marc Bloch. The University is part of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and is one of three universities in France that has been awarded a permanent excellence status in the context of the IdEx. It currently counts four Nobel laureates (1987201120132016), three of whom hold a USIAS Chair.

In total, twelve permanent Chair positions exist, held by highly distinguished Strasbourg academics from all domains; together they constitute the institute’s Governing Board. In addition, USIAS awards associate Chairs for a period of up to two years.

Investissements d'Avenir