Short Term Research Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History

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The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. It is cross-disciplinary and global. It is concerned with the histories of art and science, and their relationship with superstition, magic, and popular beliefs. Its researches are historical, philological and anthropological. It is dedicated to the study of the survival and transmission of cultural forms – whether in literature, art, music or science – across borders and from the earliest times to the present. In setting out the historical, psychological, anthropological and political dimensions of art and culture, the work of Aby Warburg underlines the continuing relevance of the humanities today. 

The Institute is offering several short-term Fellowships of two, three or four months for tenure during the academic year 2017-18:

  • Brian Hewson Crawford Fellowship - two months
  • Henri Frankfort Fellowship - two months
  • Albin Salton Fellowship – two months
  • Grete Sondheimer Fellowship – two months
  • Frances A. Yates Fellowships –two, three or four months


The Fellowships are generally intended for scholars in the early stages of their careers. Candidates must have completed at least one year’s research on their doctoral dissertation by the time they submit their application for a Fellowship and, if postdoctoral, must normally have been awarded their doctorate within the preceding five years, i.e. after 1 October 2011. If their doctorate was awarded before this date, candidates must make a clear case in their application for any modification of this general rule.

Value of Short-term Fellowships

The Fellowship does not provide a stipend but gives financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London and towards travel expenses. The values of the fellowships (rates for: 2017/18) are: £2,680 for two months, £3,860 for three months, and £5,140 for four months. The amount of these payments is absolute; no additional costs will be paid.

Applications must be made using the application form, be completed in English and be uploaded before deadline on Friday, 25 November 2016. 

How to apply 

To apply for this role applications must be made using the application form which can be downloaded by clicking the button below. Applications must be completed in English and  uploaded by the position deadline which is Friday 25 November 2016. 

1. The names and addresses of two people who have agreed to write a reference in support of your application. We prefer to receive references in English but if necessary will accept references in French, Italian, Spanish or German. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ask his/her two referees to supply letters of reference, and it is strongly advised that referees are contacted well in advance. References must be emailed by your referees as Word or PDF document attachments (on headed paper, signed and scanned) direct to and the applicant’s surname must appear in the subject line of the email. The deadline for references to be received at is midnight (GMT) on Friday, 25 November 2016.

2. An outline of your proposed research (of no more than 800 words) and the title of your research project. You should explain how your research project would benefit from being carried out at the Warburg Institute and having access to the Institute’s resources. The project must be achievable within the time requested for your Fellowship. 

3. A curriculum vitae giving full details of name, date of birth, address (including email address), present occupation, school and university education, degrees, teaching and research experience. Please ensure that you include start and end dates for all positions/scholarships/study periods/funding etc held 

Notes:  Candidates applying for more than one type of short-term Fellowship need only submit one application and should state on the first sheet of the application form for which Fellowships they wish to apply. 

Reminder: Candidates should not submit publications or written work with their application. Those shortlisted will be contacted in late January 2017 and will be asked to send material at that stage of the application process. 

Closing date: Applications must be uploaded to the University's online recruitment system no later than midnight (GMT) on Friday, 25 November 2016 

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