About JIAS

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The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Its purpose is to promote advanced research in the humanities and natural sciences, beyond the regular teaching and research activities at institutions of higher learning. JIAS is the first fully fledged institute of advanced learning in Gauteng, South Africa’s political and economic heartland.

Launched in May 2015, JIAS aims to create the conditions in which scholars can deliver cutting-edge interdisciplinary thought and research at the highest academic level.

This is done by reaching beyond the regular teaching and research routines of contemporary higher education, and by encouraging collaborative scholarly co-operation in both the Humanities and Physical Sciences.

JIAS is the first fully fledged institute of advanced learning in Gauteng, South Africa’s political and economic heartland. Although rooted within UJ, and committed to achieving UJ’s institutional goals, JIAS collaborates with other institutions of higher learning in the region and elsewhere in the country.

About other Institutes for Advanced Study

Institutes for Advanced Study are at the apex of the research and higher education ladder. They are designed to afford top quality researchers with an opportunity to focus entirely on their central calling in their respective fields, either individually or in collaborative enterprise.

For more on the history of the original Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in the United States, and other Institutes of Advanced Study throughout the world, click here.

Partnership with NTU

The partnership between JIAS and the NTU provides various meaningful opportunities for uniting African and Asian thought and multidisciplinary research. As a guiding principle, fellows are selected on the grounds of the quality of their past and proposed research. In pursuit of this, JIAS seeks out global leaders in their respective fields, including Nobel Laureates.


JIAS is governed by a council comprising senior representatives of both UJ and the NTU as well as six respected scientists, three nominated by each university.

The director of JIAS reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the UJ, and through this office to the university structures.

As such, JIAS is a university-based institute for advanced study as opposed to free-standing institutes such as those in Princeton, Berlin, Radcliffe, and Stellenbosch.

JIAS facility

JIAS is based in a dedicated facility in the Johannesburg surburb of Westdene, near the University of Johannesburg. It offers accommodation for fellows and other visiting scholars, as well conference and workshop facilities.

For more information, please contact Reshmi Singh on +27 11 559 1220, or reshmis@uj.ac.za. Alternatively, please use the contact form.