The Institute aims at 'providing opportunities for such meeting of minds and commerce of ideas as are likely to extend our horizons of knowledge and wisdom and add new dimensions to our life and thought'
Officially launched with the inaugural address by Professor Amartya Sen on ?Human Development in the Post 2015 Era? on 4 January 2013.
Fellowships to the Institute are advertised nationwide. The backbone of the Institute have been the scholars who come to reside and work at the Institute. All the scholars who come to reside in the Institute to work on research projects of their own, are listed as Fellows of the Institute.'
Fellows form the core academic community of the Institute. At the moment there are three categories of Fellows?National Fellows, Fellows and Tagore Fellows.
'Kavita ka Nagar: Swatantrottar Hindi ki Nagar Kavita aur Nagar ke Sath uske Sambandh' by Shri Rajesh Joshi, National Fellow, IIAS on 19 June 2014.
'Negative Returns of Ambivalence: Electoral Politics of the Farmers’ Movement in Maharashtra, 1980-2014' by Professor D N Dhanagare, National Fellow, IIAS on 26 June 2014.
'Development and Disproportionality: Revisiting the Choice of Technology Question' by Shri Sukumar Muralidharan, Fellow, IIAS on 03 July 2014.
'The Lesson of Sadhu Kalachand: Pedagogy and Delinquency in the Postcolony by Shri Dr. Aryak Guha, Fellow, IIAS on 14August 2014.
'Habermas and Social Work Ethics: Closing a Six Year Long Debate by Dr. Arnab Chatterjee, Fellow, IIAS on 28 August 2014.
'Social and Cultural History of Science: Affective History of the Gene by Dr. Esha Shah, Fellow, IIAS on 18 September 2014.
“The Third Eye and Overcoming Death: Insights from the Netra Tantra” by Professor Bettina Baeumer, Director, Abhinavagupta Research Library, Varanasi, on 13 May 2014.
"Duhkha: Towards a Moral Metaphysics of Misery" By Professor Arindam Chakrabarti, University of Hawaii, USA on 25 June 2014.
“Stress Position: The Racialization of Muslims in the War on Terror” by Dr. Sunera Thobani, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, Canada. on 02 July 2014.
Three Lectures by Professor T S Saraswathi, Bangalore.
“Is it Possible to Translate the Mahabharata” by Professor Frederick M. Smith, Professor of Sanskrit and Classical Indian Religions, University of Iowa, U.S.A. on 01 July 2014.