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

Each year we offer a number of short-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. 

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.

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

 

 

 

Frances A. Yates Short-term Fellowships

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

Eligibility: 

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 

A research fellowship has been endowed from the estate of, and in memory of, Dr Brian Hewson Crawford, who graduated from the University of London in 1926. 

Eligibility:

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

 

Henri Frankfort Fellowship 

The late Enriqueta Frankfort endowed a research fellowship in memory of her husband Henri Frankfort, who was Director of the Institute from 1949 to 1954.

Eligibility:

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 

The late Albin Salton generously endowed an annual research fellowship to enable a career scholar to spend two months at The Warburg Institute pursuing research into cultural contacts between Europe, the East, and the New World in the late medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods. 


Eligibility:

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

A fellowship has generously been endowed by Professor Ernst Sondheimer in memory of his aunt, Grete Sondheimer, who worked in the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg in Hamburg and in the Library of The Warburg Institute in London from 1944 to 1947. 

Eligibility:

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

EH Gombrich Fellowship

Established in the name of Ernst Gombrich (Director of the Warburg from 1959 to 1976) and funded by one of his former students, this fellowship will support the work of young researchers of young researchers working in the tradition of Ernst Gombrich and on Russian culture. 

Eligibility:

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.

 

Ouseley Short-Term Research Fellowship​ 

The aim of this award is to provide financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London to enable scholars to undertake a period research on the Arabic, Persian, Hindustani and other Oriental languages in this country. 

 

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
  • Candidates must hold a PhD at the time of applying. Candidates who are yet to defend their thesis unfortunately cannot be considered
  • 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
  • Fellows are required to present a brief written report at the conclusion of their appointment (download report)