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 by providing a blog post during their stay. They will also be asked to present a brief paper (20 minutes) on their research to Warburg staff, students and fellows during the Work in Progress series (Wednesdays at 14:00 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, 5 May 2023 End of May 2023
Friday, 3 November 2023 End of November 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 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

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 Edward Wilson-Lee (September 2022 – August 2023) -  The Grammar of Angels.

Professor Grazia Pulvirenti (April 2023 – June 2023)  - The Debate about Sublime during the 18th Century and the Romantics: a “Sensitive” versus a Transcendental.

Ms Mahnaz Malik (October 2022 – September 2023)Love, not law: how Rumi the Jurist became the poet of Love.

Dr Ayelet Langer (October 2022 – September 2023) - Milton’s Now: Its Development in Time.

Dr Wei Xu (November 2022 – October 2023) - Paintings related to natural history in the Renaissance.

Dr Ruoxing Ju (January 2023 – January 2024 ) - The Art of Memory and Visible Images.

Dr Anthony Neal (January 2023 - April of 2023) - Neoclassical African Philosophy as Renascent Humanism.

Dr Sophie Hatchwell (March 2023 - May 2023) - Word as Image: visual text in 20th century British art

Dr Mark Hutchings (January 2023 - September 2023) - Choreographing Diplomacy: The Notebooks of Sir John Finet

Prof Anthony Cutler (May 2023) - Craftsmanship and Cognition: A Comparative Study in Late Antique Ivory Carving.

Dr Marina Ogden ( December 2022 - February 2024) - Redefining 20th-century image culture: cosmos, ritual and radical fragmentation. Aby Warburg and Wassily Kandinsky

Dr Yasuhito Baba (May 2023 - July 2023) - Physiological Studies on Colour Blindness and Kant’s Philosophy: In Relation to Colour Vision Testing Instruments and Artistic Practices

Prof David Wallace (June 2023 - January 2024) - National Epics