The Institute for Analytical Philately, Inc.

The Institute for Analytical Philately, Inc. (IAP) is a nonprofit corporation (IRS Letter) dedicated to sponsoring technical research activities to better the stamp collecting hobby. To facilitate this, IAP provides Research Grants and technical support to qualified philatelists to assist them in performing their valuable work. Our goal is to assist philatelists in gaining new insight and knowledge of stamps through the application of rigorous scientific methods. Because one of the most important aspects of research is the dissemination of results, all philatelists receiving grants from IAP are required to publish in widely circulated journals of record, both scientific and philatelic.

As a virtual organization, our Web Site is dedicated to providing all philatelic students with announcements of new scientific research in philately and an archive of research in our Reference Library.


The IAP anticipates holding its fifth international symposium on analytical philately in autumn 2023. In anticipation of this event we are issuing a call for papers to be published ahead of the symposium. Pleased see the related document for more details. The IAP would appreciate hearing from interested writers, philatelists, scientists and others by October 31, 2021.

Programs, abstracts, and presentations can be found on the following:

Please remember to renew membership through the 2023 Dues Notice.