STIAS forms part of a wide network of national and international research institutions. These include similar Institutes for Advanced Study like Princeton, Stanford, Uppsala, Berlin, Wassenaar, Essen and Budapest, as well as leading universities in South Africa, Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. It has close relationships with several Foundations, including the Mandela Foundation, the Wallenberg Foundation, the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation and the Flora Family Foundation. It works in partnership with Association of African Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
STIAS enjoys strong partnerships with other research institutions, government and industry. It has the support of the former President Nelson Mandela, the Office of the President, the Minister of Science and Technology, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, several Nobel Laureates and a network of leading research institutions both in developed and developing countries.
In addition, STIAS has entered into a formal partnership with the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) at the University of British Columbia. The agreement provides a framework for senior PWIAS Faculty Associates to be nominated and supported as STIAS Fellows; PWIAS will also biennially host a Wall Colloquium Abroad at STIAS.
STIAS has close ties with the following institutions (the first two are situated on the Mostertsdrift property).