The JNIAS seeks to promote research and interaction with front ranking scholars from outside India in some of the key areas that the JNU academic community across disciplines is interested in. Some such areas are listed below. The only common requirement would be that all areas supported would have to have multi or trans-disciplinary relevance.
Frontier areas in life sciences such as molecular medicine, human and plant genomics; physical sciences; nano technology etc.; Social and scientific implications of issues of environment such as climate change, sustainable development, etc.;
A study of Nehru and values represented by Nehru which would include study of movements to create an independent democratic state and initiatives, for deepening of democracy through e.g., social movements for economic, political and social transformation, gender equity, right to information, employment guarantee, education and health for the poor, and so on.
Study of economic, political , social and cultural implications of Globalisation. Study of social implications of various cultural forms that have evolved in India over time.