The Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies was established as an instrument for promoting academic excellence at Tel Aviv University by inviting and hosting eminent experts in different academic fields from outside the University. These visitors become Scholars of the Institute during their stay. In this way, the Institute strives to enhance the level of significant research on an international plane, as well as enrich Tel Aviv University's ongoing research and general academic atmosphere, stimulating University faculty and students towards further achievement in important areas of study.
There are several frameworks for bringing visitors to the university, and the IAS framework is reserved for distinguished visitors who are recognized leaders in their academic discipline.
The IAS supports four frameworks: Sackler, Shaoul, Distinguished Lectures Series and Workshops.