The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry, and exists to encourage and support fundamental research in the sciences and humanities. It is a private, independent academic institution founded in 1930 by philanthropists Louis Bamberger and his sister Caroline Bamberger Fuld. Past faculty have included Albert Einstein, who remained at the Institute until his death in 1955, and distinguished scientists and scholars such as Kurt GÃ¶del, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Homer A. Thompson, and Hermann Weyl.
The American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Program awards fellowships to individual scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences.
In 2011 Merchant was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.