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

Each year the Institute offers around ten short-term fellowships. The awards provide financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London to enable scholars to undertake a period of research in intellectual, cultural or art history supported by the resources of the Institute’s Library, Photographic Collection or Archive. Applications open during the autumn term.

Fellowships are intended for scholars at any stage of their post-doctoral career (applications are not accepted from candidates proposing to revise their doctoral dissertation for publication). The awards are designed to enable scholars to carry out research in and on the Warburg’s Collections.

The annual group of fellows benefits from and contributes to the vibrant intellectual life of the Institute.  Fellows are given a space to work, they are asked to offer an introduction to their research in a Tea Time Talk and are encouraged to contribute to the Institute’s blog: Mnemosyne

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. 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 fellowships offer funding for research in any areas of cultural, intellectual and art history supported by the resources of the Institute’s Library, Photographic Collection or Archive.

Research topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • the history of the classical tradition in various fields of research, dating from the medieval to the modern periods;
  • the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Aegean and their influence;
  • cultural contacts between or among Asia, Europe and the New World;
  • questions concerning Russian culture carried out in the tradition of Sir Ernst Gombrich;
  • and period research in Arabic, Persian, Hindustani and other Oriental languages in the UK.

Funding is provided by the Brian Hewson Crawford, Henri Frankfort, Albin Salton, Grete Sondheimer and Frances A. Yates bequests and the EH Gombrich and Ouseley Fellowships.

If you would like to be notified when applications open please contact us at

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Please note the following applies to all fellowships:

  • Those who have previously held a short-term fellowship at the Institute are not eligible to apply
  • Candidates must hold a PhD by the time the fellowship begins in October
  • Fellowships at the Warburg Institute 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 the period of their fellowships
  • See the fellowship application instructions

Value of Fellowships and Tenure

Fellowships are tenable at the Warburg Institute and begin in October 2020. Fellows awarded two month fellowships must hold them in term time. Fellows awarded three- and four-month fellowships must hold at least three-quarters of their award during term-time.

Fellows are paid a monthly stipend. Amount TBC.

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