The “Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study” (HIAS) was founded in January 2019 as a cooperative association of selected Hamburg universities and the Academy of Sciences and Humanities Hamburg. It invites outstanding scientists and researchers as well as visual and performing artists to Hamburg and enables them to conduct interdisciplinary research and exchange. The fellows receive organizational and financial support for their research projects of their own choice along urgent questions of social challenges of the present and the future. The ZEIT-Stiftung supports research stays in the field of humanities and social sciences.
The first Gerd Bucerius Fellowship received the writer and literary scholar Prof. Dr. Anna Katharina Schaffner from the School of European Culture and Languages at the University of Kent. At HIAS she has worked on the completion of her monograph "Self-Improvement: A Global History" on self-optimization as a basic human need between Ocotober 2020 and March 2021. Professor Sighard Neckel, Chair Society and Social Change at the University of Hamburg, was her tandem partner in order to ensure an intensive exchange with the science community on site.