A centre dedicated to fundamental research

The Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) is an advanced research institute in mathematics, theoretical physics and all related sciences.

The Institute offers exceptional scientists a place where they can devote entirely to their research, without any obligation of teaching or administrative tasks.

"A total freedom of research for outstanding researchers."


Leon Motchane, with a passion for mathematics was the man behind the creation of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

Science history

7 Fields Medals

Unparalleled performance: of the ten permanent professors in mathematics recruited by IHÉS since its creation, seven have received the Fields Medal, the highest distinction in mathematics.


200 researchers invited each year

Researchers come from all over the world to take part in the general IHES programme or in specific programmes. They are selected following an application or invited by the Scientific Council.

Life at IHES

IHES funding

A foundation in the public interest since 1981, IHES has needed to find several funding streams to finance operations and ensure scientific development. The Institute’s essence is reflected in its current funding structure: a French research center with international influence.

An annual budget of around 6 M€ (2005-2015 average)

The Institute has just met the 5 million euro challenge-gift set by the Simons Foundation.