Frances A Yates Long-Term Fellowships

Applications now CLOSED
Deadline : Applications now CLOSED.

Each year the Institute offers post-doctoral long-term Yates Fellowships to support research on projects on any aspect of cultural, intellectual or art history supported by the resources of the Institute’s LibraryPhotographic Collection or Archive. The awards provide financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London for nine to twelve months.

Yates Fellowships are intended for scholars at any stage of their post-doctoral career. They are designed to enable scholars to carry out research in and on the Warburg’s Collections. Applications will not be accepted from candidates proposing to revise their doctoral dissertation for publication. Proposed projects should be unrelated to the doctoral dissertation.

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 able to offer an introduction to their research in a Introductory Talk and are asked to give a Work-in-Progress Seminar paper toward the end of their period at the Institute. Fellows are encouraged to contribute 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.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form, and send it to as a Word Document, along with your writing sample. 

The writing sample should be something you have recently published such as an article or a chapter from a book.

You will also need to provide us with one academic reference in support of your application. We prefer to receive references in English but if necessary will accept references in French, Italian, Spanish or German. This will also need to be submitted directly by your referee to by 14 January 2022.  References should be Word or PDF documents on headed paper, signed and scanned. it is your responsibility to ensure that your reference is submitted by the deadline. 

Please note the following:

  • Those who have previously held a long-term fellowship at the Institute are not eligible to apply
  • Candidates must hold a PhD by the time the fellowship begins in October 2022. For those who do not hold a PhD upon application, their reference must be provided by their PhD supervisor 
  • Fellowships at the Warburg Institute may not be held concurrently with another fellowship or award
  • Incomplete applications, or applications without references will not be considered.
  • 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
  • Fellowships are tenable at the Warburg Institute and begin in October 2022 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 

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 application form
  • 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.  

Short listed candidates will be called for an interview. 

All applicants will be advised of the final outcome of their application by 14 March 2022.