Short-term Fellowship in Cultural Heritage and Natural Disaster

Fellowship application timetable

Closing date for applications: Friday, 27 April 2018
Notification of award: Early June 2018

Applications must be sent to  

Funded by the Italian Cultural Institute and  Il Circolo hosted by the Warburg Institute, this fellowship will enable researchers to spend time in London studying art and/or cultural heritage in a region affected by natural disaster (with a preference for the Italian regions affected by earthquakes). 


The eligibility criteria, conditions and timetable for recruitment for this Fellowship are outlined below. The deadline for applications is 27 April 2018 for a Fellowship of between two and four months to be held during the academic year 2018/19.



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.



The Fellowship is intended for a scholar studying art and/or cultural heritage in a region affected by natural disaster (with a preference for the Italian regions affected by earthquakes). Candidates should be in the early stages of their careers. Candidates must have completed at least one year’s research on their doctoral dissertation by the time they submit their application for a Fellowship and, if postdoctoral, must have been awarded their doctorate within the preceding five years, i.e. after 1 October 2012. If their doctorate was awarded before this date, candidates must make a clear case in their application for any modification of this general rule (e.g. maternity or paternity leave or illness resulting in a career break).


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, including a fully funded PhD studentship.  
  • All Fellows will be expected to carry out original research on the topic for which they have been awarded their Fellowship. Applications will not be accepted from candidates proposing to revise their doctoral dissertation for publication (i.e. Fellows must carry out new research during their stay at the Warburg).
  • Fellows are expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute and to share their knowledge with the Institute. Short-term Fellows are asked to give a short presentation on their research work near the beginning of their time at the Warburg so that the can meet and discuss their work with staff and Library Readers who are interested in their subjects.
  • Fellows may teach elsewhere during tenure of the Fellowship only with the express permission of the Director.  
  • Fellows are required to present a brief written report at the conclusion of their appointment (click here for report proforma).  
  • 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 an Italian Cultural Institute /Warburg Fellowship shall include full acknowledgement of the fact.  Fellows are also asked to provide a copy of any publications arising from this work to the Warburg 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:


Value of Fellowships 

The Fellowship does not provide a stipend but gives financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London and towards travel expenses of up to £5,000. The duration and timing of tenure will be agreed with the Warburg Institute/


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 his or her expected contribution to the intellectual life of the Warburg Institute. 

No interviews will be held. Successful candidates will be informed of the final outcome of their application in early June 2018.


How to apply 

The following documents should be emailed to by Friday 27 April 2018.

1. 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).

In your CV please include 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 27 April. References must be emailed by your referees as Word or PDF document attachments (on headed paper, signed and scanned) direct to and the applicant’s surname must appear in the subject line of the email. The deadline for references to be received at is by midnight (GMT) on Friday, 27 April 2018. Please note that your application will only be considered if two references are received by this deadline.

2. A description of your proposed research project including:

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 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 resources).

A description of the contribution the candidate will make to the intellectual life of the Institute.

Closing date: Applications must be sent to no later than midnight on Friday, 27 April 2018.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that their two referees have submitted references to us before 27 April 2018.