The IAS offers a range of opportunities for interdisciplinary scholars, students, and community members to work and collaborate in community, both through IAS led projects, and initiatives that we co-lead with other units. The IAS directs our residential fellows program, our collaboratives, and our 5x5s. Residential Fellows—who include faculty fellows and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows—spend a semester or year in residence at our Northrop offices to work intensively on their own research and creative projects and meet regularly to support one another as a group. Our Research and Creative Collaboratives are self-initiated groups that come together with the idea of working on a project of common interest. And our 5x5 Initiative groups people from different disciplinary backgrounds together for low-stakes, short-term exploration around a common theme.
Human in the Data and Humanities Without Walls programs are done in conjunction with other units inside and outside the university. We work with DASH, and Research Computing on our Human in the Data program. The IAS is the UMN representative to the Humanities Without Walls, which is a broader initiative based out of the University of Illinois.