The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) is a major endowed research institute based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. KIAS supports interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of Alberta, focusing on research with the potential for national or international recognition.

KIAS Vision

To fund in perpetuity an interdisciplinary and comparative research institute that fosters an innovative intellectual environment for the study of major modern and historical, political, social, economic, and cultural issues and, therein, advances society and global polity in a manner consistent with the high humanitarian ideals of the founding benefactors.

KIAS Mission

To facilitate transformational interdisciplinary and comparative research at the highest level nationally and internationally, guided by the ideals of Peter and Doris Kule, the legacies of Ukrainian history, and the purpose of research and learning at the University of Alberta, as articulated by President Henry Marshall Tory in 1908: β€œthe Uplifting of the Whole People.”


To establish KIAS as a globally recognized institute of interdisciplinary and comparative research excellence within five years of inauguration, by linking University of Alberta undergraduate and graduate student researchers and professors, and distinguished visiting researchers from around the world, in and across disciplines so as to stimulate original ways of thinking, initiate new lines of inquiry, and incubate innovative ideas for the advancement of humanities and the lifting of the human spirit.