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The purpose of the Visiting Fellowship scheme is to enable external scholars, who intend to visit the Institute and use its Collections to further their research and to contribute to the academic and intellectual life of the Warburg.

Visiting Fellows will normally hold a PhD qualification and will be active scholars publishing in a field of intellectual endeavour associated with the work and intellectual resources of the Warburg Institute. If you are a current PhD student please do not apply for a Visiting Fellowship, however we welcome your application as an Occasional Student. Normally they would be invited to spend a minimum of six months at the Institute, the majority of which should be during term-time. As well as making full use of the Warburg’s intellectual resources, fellows will be expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute in a measureable way. They will be asked to present a brief paper (20 minutes) on their research to Warburg staff, students and fellows during the tea time talks’ series (Mondays at 16.15 during term-time).  This talk will take place near the beginning of the fellow’s visit to the Warburg to enable members of the Institute to find out about their work and to give them support and assistance where they can.

Visiting Fellows may be in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship (provided by an external organisation). No funding can be provided by the Warburg Institute. Due to the space restraints imposed by the Warburg Renaissance building project works we are unable at this time to provide Visiting Fellows with desk space at the Institute; however there is plenty of seating available in the Library.


Candidates may be nominated for the award of the title of Visiting Fellow of the Warburg Institute by a member of the academic staff of the Institute or they may submit an application for the award. Nominations and applications need to be submitted by the following deadlines:

Deadline for submission of application
Notification of decision about award
Friday, 28 October 2022 End of November 2022
Friday, 3 February 2023 End of February 2023
Friday, 5 May 2023 End of May 2023


Candidates are asked to complete an application form (download form below) and to send this as a single document attached to an email to warburg@sas.ac.uk. Applications will be considered on the basis of the relevance of the Warburg’s collections to the research of the applicant and to the contribution he or she will make to the intellectual life of the Institute.

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Applications will be considered by the Warburg’s Senior Management Team (SMT) in the first instance. The SMT will make recommendations on the proposed conferral of the title of Visiting Fellow to a meeting of the academic staff of the Institute. Fellowships will be awarded for a fixed term which will be variable and which will not extend beyond two years. Fellowships are not normally renewable.

Visiting Fellows, if they are not British nationals or EU citizens, may require a visa, and must ascertain what category of visa is most suitable for them and make all arrangements for their visa. Further details about visa categories can be found at https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration.

Please note the following:

  • The Warburg Institute cannot offer Tier 2 or 5 visas for Visiting Fellowships.
  • Visiting Fellows requiring visas will usually be eligible to apply for a Standard Visitor visa which permits academics to visit to carry out research – please refer to the UK Gov website for details of eligibility requirements.
  • Visiting Fellows using a Standard Visitor visa would probably not be able to stay in the UK for longer than six months.

Please note that only a limited number of Visiting Fellows can be accepted each year. However researchers, who spend time at the Warburg as Library Readers and using the Institute’s other collections, can also join in the intellectual life of the Warburg by attending conferences, lectures and seminars, and by meeting the Institute’s academics, Fellows and students, for example over lunch on Wednesdays and at teatime in the Common Room during term-time.

Current/Upcoming Fellows

Dr Donato Verardi  (7 October 2020 - 30 September 2022)  - Magic and representation of the passions of demons in England between the 18th and 19th centuries: The Magus by Francis Barrett

Dr Luisa Capodieci (30 June 2021 - 31 December 2021) - The Afterlife of Egypt in French Renaissance Art

Dr Trude Dijkstra (1 June 2021 - 31 March 2022) - Between Merchants and Materia Medica. Printing and Publishing Chinese Medicine in the Early Modern Dutch Republic, 1595-1721.

Dr Federico Ugolini (November 2021 - 30 September 2022) - Maritime antiquities and antiquaries in Modern Adriatic Italy (1500-1800)

Dr Berta Cano-Echevarría (18 October 2021 - 19 November 2022) - A Theatre of Diplomacy: The Anglo-Spanish Peace of 1604-5

Dr Martina Mazzotta (16 September 2019 - 25 September 2022) - European Wunderkammern and encyclopaedic collections. 

Prof Juliet Simpson (30 September 2019 - 30 June 2022) - Primitives, Portents and Princes —  Aby Warburg and the Nachleben of the Northern Renaissance

Dr Magdalena Skoblar (01 June 2021-31 May 2022) - Triumph over Trauma: Experiencing Plague Imagery in Late Medieval and Renaissance Venice (c.1348-c.1600).

Dr Eva Mol (6 September 2021 - 5 March 2022) - Imagining Egypt in Rome: Visual reconstructions of the Isis temple on the Campus Martius in Antiquity, the Baroque period, and Early Modern Europe

Prof Petra Lange-Berndt (February 2022 - July 2022) Warburg Contemporary: Inversionen #1-3, Lucy Raven, Georges Adéagbo, Suzanne Treister

Dr Céline Bohnert (02 January 2020 – 01 January 2022)
The Making of Antiquity During the Early Modern Age: A Case Study, Natale Conti's Mythologiae Libri Decem (1567-1627)

Prof Laurie Shannon (Mid march 2020 onwards) - Hamlet’s Kin: A Natural History of Human Being, circa 1600

Dr Juliette Milbach (October 2020 - October 2022) - Art Discourse in the Soviet Union: An Inquiry into the Viewers’ Imagination

Prof Elmar Csaplovics (October 2023 - August 2025) - Topographies of Regional Maps of Central Europe in the 15th Century: the Cusanus - Bessarion - Corvinus - Rosselli Link

Dr Michael Jaworzyn (1 April 2022 - 30 June 2022) - Beyond the Visible World: Heterodox Cartesianism and the Theory and Practice of Painting in the Dutch Republic (1665-1715)