Warburg Institute Short-Term Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History

We are offering 10 short-term fellowships.

The aim of these awards is to provide financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London to enable scholars to undertake a period research in intellectual, cultural or art history at the Warburg Institute. Part of the award may also be used for up to four weeks of research travel. 

The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity. Its open-stack Library, Photographic Collection and Archive serve as an engine for interdisciplinary research, postgraduate teaching and a prestigious events and publication programme.

The annual group of fellows benefits from and contributes to the vibrant intellectual life of the Institute.  They are given a space to work, are able to offer an introduction to their work in a Tea Time Talk and are encouraged to contribute the Institute’s blog: Mnemosyne. Situated in the heart of the Bloomsbury Knowledge Quarter, the Warburg offers scholars the opportunity to engage with academics not only within the institute, but also at local universities, museum and galleries and research institutes.

The following Fellowships are intended for scholars at any stage of their post-doctoral career. All Fellows will be expected to carry out original research on the topic for which they have been awarded their Fellowship. Applications will not be accepted from candidates proposing to revise their doctoral dissertation for publication

Frances A. Yates Short-Term Fellowships

Five fellowships available for a period of either two, three or four months each.


The proposed research project should be on any aspect of cultural, intellectual and art history.  Preference will be given to work concerned with those areas of the medieval and Renaissance encyclopedia of knowledge to which Dame Frances herself made such distinguished contributions.

Brian Hewson Crawford Fellowship 

One fellowship available for a period of either two or three months


Research project should be on any aspect of the classical tradition.
This fellowship is only open to non-British European scholars.

Henri Frankfort Fellowship 

One fellowship is available for a period of either two or three months.


The proposed research project should be in any of the areas in which Professor Frankfort made his distinguished contributions to scholarship: the history of cultural, intellectual and art history of the ancient Near East, with particular reference to society, art, architecture, religion, philosophy and science; the relations between the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Aegean, and their influence on later civilizations. Please note: this fellowship is not intended to support archaeological excavation.

Albin Salton Fellowship 

One fellowship is available for a period of two months.


The proposed research project should on cultural contacts between Europe, the East, and the New World in the late medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods. The Fellowship is intended to promote the understanding of those elements of cultural and intellectual history which led to the formation of a new world-view, understood in the broadest cultural, political and socio-economic terms, as Europe began to develop contacts with the world outside Europe, and that world came into contact with Europe.    

Grete Sondheimer Fellowship

One fellowship for a period of two, three or four months.


The proposed research project should be on any aspect of cultural, intellectual and art history.

E H Gombrich Fellowship

One fellowship is available for a period of two months.


The proposed research project should be into the tradition of Ernst Gombrich and on Russian culture.
Only open to early career scholars. The fellow will be expected to carry out original research on the topic for which they have been awarded their Fellowship. Applications will not be accepted from candidates proposing to revise their doctoral dissertation for publication.


Please note the following applies to all Fellowships:

  • Those who have previously held a short-term fellowship at the Institute are not eligible not eligible to apply for the Short-term Fellowships.
  • The fellowship may not be held concurrently with another fellowship or award.
  • Candidates from outside the EU will need to check the regulations for acquiring a visa to visit the UK for their fellowship.

Value of Fellowships and Tenure

Fellowships are tenable at the Warburg Institute and begin in October 2019 for either a two, three or four month period (depending on the fellowship selected). Fellows awarded two- or three-month Fellowships must hold at least three-quarters of their award during term-time. The term dates for 2019-20 are: 30 September 2019 - 13 December 2019; 13 January 2020 - 27 March 2020; 27 April 2020 - 17 July 2020. Those awarded three-month Fellowships will need to stay at the Institute for a full three month period, i.e. for longer than one term. Those awarded four month Fellowships must hold them in one of the following fixed periods: 1 September to 13 December; 3 January to 30 April; 1 May to 31 August. 

Fellows are paid a stipend of £ £1,500/month.

Payment will be paid in full, for the whole period of your fellowship, upon arrival at the Institute.

How to apply and closing date 

Applications must be made using the online application form.
Please read the notes below on completing the form before beginning your application. You will be asked to select which fellowship you are applying for and suggest the dates of your fellowship in the application form.

Closing date for applications: Monday, 10 December 2018.

1. References

Please provide two references in support of your application. We prefer to receive references in English but if necessary will accept references only 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 of 10 December We will not contact referees on your behalf. References must be emailed by your referees as Word or PDF document attachments (on headed paper, signed and scanned) direct to warburg@sas.ac.uk and the applicant’s surname and “Warburg Long-term Fellowship” must appear in the subject line of the email. The deadline for references to be received at warburg@sas.ac.uk is by midnight (GMT) on Monday, 10 December 2018.

2.  Research proposal:

Please copy and paste your research abstract and proposal into the application form. You are asked to provide the following:

  • Research project title
  • Research project abstract (max 150 words)
  • A detailed description of your proposed research project (no more than 800 words)  which should also include:
    • Details of the outputs you intend to complete. 
    • A brief timetable for your research work to demonstrate the feasibility of completing your work within the period of the Fellowship.
    • Your reasons for needing to carry out your research at the Warburg and examples of the resources you will use (human and material resources).
    • A description of the contribution you will make to the intellectual life of the Institute. 

3. Curriculum vitae: 

Please upload your CV. Your CV should be no longer than 3 x A4 pages and should give full details of name, address (including e-mail address), present occupation, school and university education, degrees, teaching and research experience, and publications. Please ensure that you include the start and end dates for all positions/scholarships/study periods/funding etc held.

4. Writing sample: 

The writing sample should be 1,000 words maximum and be a short introduction, part of an article or chapter or similar written preferably in English (but a writing sample in French, Italian, Spanish or German will also be acceptable).  Please copy and paste the writing sample into the application form.

Selection procedure

The Selection committee will assess the quality of applications with reference to the following criteria:  

The academic record of the candidate as exhibited by the CV and references;  

The originality and significance of the proposed research to the applicant’s field;  

How well the candidate’s research complements the Warburg’s resources and areas of expertise of its staff

How active the candidate is as a scholar and his or her expected contribution to the intellectual life of the Warburg Institute. 

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be advised of the final outcome by Friday 15 February 2019.

If you have any questions please contact us at Warburg@sas.ac.uk

Please note that the University of London will be unable to sponsor candidates for a visa for this role. Therefore, successful applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK for the duration of their employment.

Application date
10 Dec 2018
2-4 months
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
£ 1.500/month