Proposals are currently being sought from established scholars in the humanities and social sciences who would like to convene a SIAS* Summer Institute. Now in their eleventh year, SIAS Summer Institutes promote innovative research and foster intellectual exchange among emerging scholars from Europe and the United States. Summer Institutes meet for two weeks during two successive summers (a total of four weeks over two years). The Summer Institutes are hosted in alternate years by the National Humanities Center and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, so each Institute meets for two weeks in North Carolina and for two weeks in Berlin. Two conveners (one from Europe and one from the USA) organize and conduct each Institute, in which twenty recent PhDs from the USA and Europe participate. For the last ten years, the program has been jointly funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the USA and by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

If you are interested in directing a SIAS Summer Institute along with a co-convener from either the USA or Europe (depending on your location), please contact one of the program's administrators: Elizabeth Mansfield ( or Martin Garstecki ( For a general overview of the program, see or

The deadline for submission of final proposals is April 30, 2014. Submission of a preliminary proposal is strongly recommended, and draft versions will be accepted through March 31. Recommendations on how draft proposals might be modified or improved will be conveyed to prospective conveners within 10 days. Final proposals will be evaluated by the SIAS directors. All prospective conveners will be notified of the results of the selection process by June 30, 2014.

Past Summer Institute themes include:
  • The Concept of Language in the Academic Disciplines
  • Secularization and Religion
  • The Political: Law, Culture, and Theology
  • Hierarchy, Marginality, and Ethnicity in Muslim Societies
  • Comparative Perspectives on Federalism and the Separation of Powers
  • Action Theory in Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • The Second Person: Comparative Perspectives
  • Regulating World Order: Law, Governance, and the Quest for Global Justice
  • Cultural Encounters: Global Perspectives and Local Exchanges, 1750-1940
  • Scenes from the History of the Image: Reading Two Millennia of Conflict

*SIAS (Some Institutes for Advanced Study) currently comprises eight research center members: the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (IAS Princeton); the National Humanities Center at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (NHC); the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study at Wassenaar (NIAS); the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard; the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences at Uppsala (SCAS); the Institute for Advanced Study in Jerusalem (IAS Jerusalem); Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS); and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

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