Jewish History Postdoctoral Fellowship at the London Institute of Historical Research

Thanks to generous benefactions from the Polonsky Foundation, the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust, and from the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe, the IHR is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral fellow in Jewish History in any period or region of the post-Biblical world.

The successful applicant will join a thriving programme for post-doctoral historians in the IHR. The Institute is home to between 15 and 20 stipendiary doctoral and post-doctoral fellows at any one time. He or she will have access to all the facilities of the Institute. It is expected that the IHR Junior Research Fellow in Jewish History will organise at least one major academic conference during their tenure.

The successful applicant will be expected to take up the position on or before 1 October 2018.

Eligibility requirements

Applications from specialists in medieval, early modern or modern Jewish history are welcome. Candidates should have a doctorate or should have completed their doctoral thesis by 1 October in the academic year in which the Fellowship is to be commenced. It is a strict condition of the Fellowship that the thesis should have been submitted by that date.

Applicants may be of any nationality, and their PhD (or equivalent) may have been awarded in any country.

Those who have previously held a full-time university lectureship of 24 months or more, will be ineligible. The Fellowship cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant, nor can it be used to fund a sabbatical leave for the holder of a permanent academic position.


A condition of the award is that Fellows should undertake further historical research and writing. The Fellowships are envisaged as an opportunity for Fellows to develop their doctoral research for publication and/or to work on a postdoctoral project; applicants should clearly indicate their plans in both respects.

If the fellowship is to be used to develop doctoral research for publication, this should be completed in the first year of the fellowship and a postdoctoral project should be proposed for the second year.

Fellows should be resident in the United Kingdom but will not be required to be resident in London. They should participate fully in the activities of the Institute, by regular attendance at and presentation of papers to appropriate seminars and by giving information and help to fellow scholars working in the same field. Fellows are expected to develop their own ideas for collaborative activities while at the Institute.

At the discretion of the Director of the Institute, Fellows may engage in teaching or other paid work for up to six hours a week (note, however, that some categories of non-national may need to obtain a work permit in order to undertake this).


The Fellowship stipend will £22,000 in the first year and £23,000 in the second year. It will be payable in eight instalments over two years, through the Institute. In addition, there is an annual research allowance associated with this position of £4,000.


Fellows, if they do not already have the right to reside in the UK, will require a visa, and must ascertain what category of visa is most suitable for them.

The University of London is licensed to issue sponsorship certificates for Tier 5 visas. If Fellows need to enter the UK under a Tier 5 visa, they should apply for a sponsorship certificate through the IHR Fellowship Office, which they can then use in their visa application to the Home Office.

Selections policies

A committee of senior historians will draw up a short list of interview candidates from eligible applicants. The committee will assess the quality of applications with reference to the following criteria:

  • The academic record of the candidate as exhibited by CV and references;
  • The importance of the proposed research to the applicant’s field and its prospects for publication in a leading academic journal or monograph series;
  • The prospects for completing research within the time projected and funds awarded;
  • All other considerations being equal, the candidate’s likely contribution to the academic life of the IHR;
  • The quality of the submitted written work.
Application date
6 May 2018
2 years
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available
Award granted
£ 53.000