Mission and Profile

The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), founded in 1985, is a national scientific institution,
chartered by the Government of Sweden as an institute for advanced study, mainly in the social and
human sciences.

The Collegium is a scholarly community where Fellows pursue research of their own choosing in a
context of interdisciplinary dialogue and cooperation. The ambition is to provide an optimal research
environment. SCAS hosts senior scholars from all over the world as well as early-career scholars, mainly
from the Pro Futura Scientia Programme, most of them nominated by Swedish universities but many
with a scholarly background from other countries. The Collegium hosts Fellows for the time of one
academic year or semester. During 2018-19 the Fellows come from nineteen universities in ten countries
on five continents; some eighty per cent of the Fellows come from abroad (and more than ninety per
cent of the senior scholars).

SCAS is partly financed by the Swedish government. However, support from research foundations, most
importantly from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), accounts for the largest share of the budget, including
funding for most of the Fellows.

Scholarly Profile
The Collegium is open to applications from scholars across the range of the human and social sciences.
All candidates are assessed on the basis of their individual achievements and the quality and promise of
their research proposal, including those who apply within the framework of a group. Every year there
tends to be a mixture of scholars who work on their individual projects and Fellows who are part of a
cluster of scholars with similar interests. Support from the Erling-Persson Family Foundation and the
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has made it possible to accept also scholars from four thematic
fields of the natural sciences.

The Swedish Collegium has an ambition to articulate the significance of the social and human sciences
for an understanding of the contemporary and historical condition of humankind in its global contexts.
This stance has found expression in collaborative research involving historians, social scientists and
linguists. This work has resulted in reformulations of the idea of the Axial Age but also in the develop-
ment of the idea of multiple modernities. More recently it has involved efforts to reconceptualise shifts
occurring on a global scale during the tenth to thirteenth centuries in an age of transregional reorientations.
These efforts are now being further pursued through a series of symposia and publications with a focus
on transformative periods in global history, the so-called Karlgren-Eisenstadt Programme.

In addition, the Collegium has consistently explored links between the economic sciences, philosophy and
other human and social sciences. Ideas of this programme have been taken up in the International Panel
on Social Progress (IPSP), an endeavour that is uniquely ambitious and involves scholars on a global scale.
Another consequence of the Collegium’s engagement in this field has been a strengthening of study pro-
grammes with a focus on PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) in universities on different continents.


Institutional Collaboration
SCAS interacts with a large number of scholarly institutions. Especially important is the collaboration with
originally six, now nine, leading institutes for advanced study within the SIAS group (Some Institutes for
Advanced Study), of which the Collegium was a founding member in 1991: Center for Advanced Study in
the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; Institut d’études avancées de Nantes; Institute for Advanced
Study, Princeton; Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem; National Humanities Center, Research
Triangle Park, NC; Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences; Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

In 2004, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study was a founding member of the network of now twenty-
two European institutes for advanced study (NetIAS). SCAS has also special links to other institutes for
advanced study, including institutes in Beijing and Göttingen.