Long-Term Research Fellowships in Intellectual, Cultural and Art History

Each year we offer a number of long-term fellowships which open for applications during the autumn term.

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.  Awards are open to both early-career and experienced researchers.

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, deliver a paper in the Warburg’s long-running Work-in-Progress Seminar 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.

If you would like to be notified when applications open please contact us at warburg@sas.ac.uk.


Frances A. Yates Long-Term Fellowships 

Dame Frances Yates, who died in 1981, generously bequeathed her residuary estate to found research fellowships in her name at the Institute. 


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.


Erasmus Long-Term Fellowships 

This fellowship is intended for early-career scholars for the purpose carrying out additional research required to develop their PhD thesis into a book and prepare it for publication in the subject areas of Intellectual, Cultural and Art History.


Please note the following applies to all fellowships:

  • Those who have previously held a long-term fellowship at the Institute are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must hold a PhD at the time of applying. Candidates who are yet to defend their thesis unfortunately cannot be considered.
  • These fellowship's 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. 
  • Fellowships are tenable at the Warburg Institute and begin in October 2019 for either a nine- or twelve-month period. Fellows are paid a stipend of £ £37,616 for a 12-month fellowships and a pro-rata amount of that sum for a nine-month fellowship. 
  • Payment will be made in six installments across the period of the fellowship.
  • Fellows are required to present a brief written report at the conclusion of their appointment (download report)