E H Gombrich Short-Term Research Fellowship

Applications are now open for the Short-Term junior Research Fellowship in memory of Ernst Gombrich for the academic year 2020-21.

The deadline for applications is 13 December 2019, find out more about how to apply.

The aim of this award is to provide financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London and towards travel expenses to enable scholars to undertake a period of research in memory of Ernst Gombrich, in the field of Russian Culture.

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 asked to offer an introduction to their research in a Tea Time Talk and are encouraged to contribute to 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.

The fellowship is intended for junior research fellows only. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD within the preceding five years, i.e after 1 October 2015.

Prospective fellows can apply either to carry out original research in the field of Russian culture, or propose to carry out additional research required to develop their PhD theses (if it is in the field of Russian culture) into a book and prepare it for publication.


The proposed project should be on Russian culture and should outline how the project will make use of the Institute’s collection and scholarly expertise.

Please note the following:

  • Those who have previously held a short-term fellowship at the Institute are not eligible to apply
  • 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

Value of Fellowship and Tenure

Fellowships are tenable at the Warburg Institute and begin in October 2020 for either a two or three month period. Fellows awarded two- or three-month Fellowships must hold at least three-quarters of their award during term-time.

Fellows are paid £1,500 per month.

Payment will be paid in full, for the whole period of the fellowship, upon arrival at the Institute.