Fellowship Application Instructions

To apply for a fellowship please send the following documents as one single PDF titled with your name followed by the fellowship you are applying for to warburg@sas.ac.uk by the deadline, 1 March 2020.

1. Research proposal to include the following:

  • Research project title
  • Research project abstract (max 150 words)
  • A detailed description of your research project (no more than 800 words) which should also include:
    - Details of the outputs you intend to complete,
    - A brief timetable for your research work to demonstrate feasibility of completing your work within the period of the Fellowship,
    - Your reasons for needing to carry out your research at the Warburg and
    - Examples of the resources you will use (human and material) and a description of the contribution you will make to the intellectual life of the Institute.

2. CV (no more than 3 x pages).
Your CV should be no longer than 3 x A4 pages and should give full details of name, address (including e-mail address), present occupation, school and university education, degrees, teaching and research experience, publications, and work experience. Please ensure that you include the start and end dates for all positions/scholarships/study periods/funding etc held.

3. Writing sample
The writing sample should be 5,000 words maximum and consist of a short introduction and part of an article or chapter or similar written preferably in English (but a writing sample in French, Italian, Spanish or German will also be acceptable). 

4. One reference - in the first instance. If you are successful in being short-listed for interview the panel may request a second reference from you.

We prefer to receive references in English but if necessary will accept references in French, Italian, Spanish or German. For those who do not hold a PhD upon application, their reference must be provided by their PhD supervisor. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ask his/her referee to supply a letter of reference, and it is strongly advised that referees are contacted well in advance of the application deadline. We will not contact referees on your behalf. References must be emailed by your referees as Word or PDF document attachments (on headed paper, signed and scanned) direct to warburg@sas.ac.uk with the email subject ‘Reference for’ and the applicant’s full name. 


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 CV and references;  
  • 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. 

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Please note the following:
  • Those who have previously held a fellowship at the Institute are not eligible to apply
  • Candidates must hold a PhD by the time the fellowship begins. 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
  • 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