Long Term Research Fellowships

in Intellectual and Cultural History

 Application Timetable

Deadline for applications: Friday, 23 November 2018

Emails to candidates short-listed for interview: Late February 2019  

Interviews held and announcement of successful candidate: March 2019 

The Warburg Institute 

The Warburg Institute is renowned across the world for the interdisciplinary study of cultural and intellectual history, particularly the role of images in culture. It is dedicated to research on the history of ideas, the dissemination and transformations of texts, ideas and images in society, and the relationship between images, art and their texts and subtexts. Its work is historical, philological and anthropological. The Institute houses a research Library of international importance, a photographic collection organised according to a unique iconographic classification system, and the archive of Aby Warburg, which also holds the papers of other major thinkers of the 20th century who were connected to the Institute. Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, the Institute is a stone’s throw from the British Library, the British Museum, the Wellcome Institute and the National Gallery, providing students with access to a wealth of academic and cultural resources.

Frances A. Yates Long-Term Fellowships  

Dame Frances Yates, who died in 1981, generously bequeathed her residuary estate to found research Fellowships in her name at the Institute. Fellows’ interests may lie in any aspect of cultural and intellectual history but, other things being equal, preference will be given to those whose work is concerned with those areas of the medieval and Renaissance encyclopedia of knowledge to which Dame Frances herself made such distinguished contributions.  

The Institute is offering a number of Long-term Fellowships for the academic year 2019-20.  Typically the Fellowships will be awarded from 1 October 2018 to 30 June 2019. 





The Fellowships are for scholars in the early stages of their careers. Candidates must be postdoctoral and have been awarded their doctorate within the preceding five years, i.e. after 1 October 2013. If their doctorate was awarded before 1 October 2013, candidates must make a clear case in their application for any modification of this general rule (e.g. maternity/paternity leave or illness resulting in a career break). Applications will only be accepted from candidates who have successfully completed the defence of their doctorate (viva) before 23 November 2018 (the closing date).


General conditions 

An award will not normally be made to applicants who are employed as Professor, Lecturer or equivalent in a university or learned institution.  

The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with another Fellowship or award.  

Fellows must be undertaking original research on the topic outlined in their application during their stay at the Warburg Institute.

The Fellow will be expected to participate in the academic life of the Institute and to put his/her knowledge at the disposal of the Institute by presenting his/her work in a Work in Progress seminar and by advising the Library and Photographic Collection. 

The Fellow may teach elsewhere during tenure of the Fellowship only with the express permission of the Director.  

The Fellow will be required to provide a brief written report at the conclusion of the appointment (using this proforma report).  

A Fellowship may be terminated if the Institute’s Selection Committee is not satisfied that the conditions of the award are being met.  

All publications containing results of work carried out with the aid of a Warburg Fellowship shall include appropriate acknowledgement of the fact. Fellows are also requested to provide a copy of any such publications for the Warburg Institute Library.

Candidates from outside the EU will need to check the regulations for acquiring a visa to visit the UK for their Fellowship. Information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration


Selection procedure and policy 

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 their expected contribution to the intellectual life of the Warburg Institute. 

Candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted in late February 2018. Interviews will be held in early March 2018 (exact date to be confirmed).


Value of Fellowships 

The starting salary of the Fellowship is expected to be approx £ 30,512 pro rata for nine months including London Allowance (value as at 31.7.2017 – small increase due in August 2018 and 2019). Payment will be made monthly in arrears and is liable to deductions for tax and National Insurance.  

The person appointed will be deemed automatically to be a member of the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS) and will have contributions deducted accordingly. Once full information on the Scheme has been received, he/she may elect in writing to withdraw from the Scheme.  



The Fellowship is tenable at the Institute. The Fellow will normally be expected to be at the Institute full-time during the period of the Fellowship (which does not exclude the use of other libraries and archives) and to live within commutable distance of the Institute.  


How to apply 

Applications must be made using the application form (please click here to download form). Once you have completed your application form please upload it, together with your writing sample, to the University of London online recruitment system.

The application form asks you to provide the following:  

1. Brief general information

2. The names and addresses of two people who have agreed to write a reference in support of your application. We prefer to receive references in English but if necessary will accept references only in French, Italian, Spanish or German. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ask his/her two referees to supply letters of reference, and it is strongly advised that referees are contacted well in advance of the application deadline of 24 November. 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 and the applicant’s surname and "Warburg Long-term Fellowship" must appear in the subject line of the email. The deadline for references to be received at warburg@sas.ac.uk  is midnight (GMT) on Friday, 23 November 2018.  

3.    Questions relating to your proposed research project:

  • An abstract of not more than 150 words outlining the significance of your research project.
  • A detailed description of your proposed research project (no more than 800 words) including the title of your research project and the outputs you intend to complete.
  • A brief timetable for your research work to demonstrate the feasibility of completing your work within nine months.
  • Your reasons for needing to carry out your research at the Warburg and examples of the resources you will use (human and material resources).
  • A description of the contribution the candidate will make to the intellectual life of the Institute.

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

5.    One writing sample. The writing sample should be as close to 5,000 words as possible and be an un-abridged article or similar written preferably in English (but a writing sample in French, Italian, Spanish or German will also be acceptable).

Please upload your applicaiton form and writing sample to the Multi-Uploads section.

Closing date: Applications (application form and writing sample) must be uploaded to the online recruitment system no later than Friday, 23 November 2018. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2019/20 WILL OPEN IN EARLY SEPTEMBER 2018.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Institute also offers a number of short-term Fellowships of two, three or four months - click here for details.  Please note that candidates may only submit one application per year either for a Long-term or for a Short-term Fellowship.