Short-Term Research Fellowships

in Intellectual and Cultural History

Fellowship application timetable for 2019/20: 

Closing date for applications: Friday, 30 November 2018

Notification of short-term awards: Early to mid March 2019

Each year the Institute offers a number of short-term Fellowships of two, three or four months duration. The next application round will be in the autumn 2018 for fellowships to be held in 2019/20. Applications for 2019/20 cannot be accepted until mid September 2018.
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.

Fellowship details for tenure in 2019-20 

Brian Hewson Crawford Fellowship 

A Research Fellowship has been endowed from the estate of, and in memory of, Dr Brian Hewson Crawford, who graduated from the University of London in 1926. A two-month Fellowship is available for the study of any aspect of the classical tradition. Under the terms of the deed, the Fellowship is open to European scholars other than of British nationality.  

E H Gombrich Fellowship

Established in the name of Ernst Gombrich (Director of the Warburg from 1959 to 1976) and funded by one of his former students, this fellowship will support the work of young researchers on the fields studied by Gombrich with a focus on Russian culture and/or the relations between Western and Russian art. This will be a short-term Fellowship of between two and four months.

Henri Frankfort Fellowship 

The late Enriqueta Frankfort endowed a Research Fellowship in memory of her husband Henri Frankfort, who was Director of the Institute from 1949 to 1954. The Fellowship, which will be for two months, may be held in any of the areas in which Professor Frankfort made his distinguished contributions to scholarship: the intellectual and cultural history of the ancient Near East, with particular reference to society, art, architecture, religion, philosophy and science; the relations between the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Aegean, and their influence on later civilizations. The Fellowship is not intended to support archaeological excavation.  

Albin Salton Fellowship 

The late Albin Salton generously endowed an annual Research Fellowship to enable a career scholar to spend two months at the Warburg Institute pursuing research into cultural contacts between Europe, the East, and the New World in the late medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods. The Fellowship is intended to promote the understanding of those elements of cultural and intellectual history which led to the formation of a new world-view, understood in the broadest cultural, political and socio-economic terms, as Europe began to develop contacts with the world outside Europe, and that world came into contact with Europe.    

Frances A. Yates 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. A number of two-, three- and four-month Fellowships are available. Candidates domiciled in the U.K. may apply for three- or four-month Fellowships only.     





The Fellowships are intended for scholars 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 2013. 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.  

Those who have previously held a short-term Fellowship at the Institute or are registered at the Institute for a degree are not eligible for the short-term Fellowships listed above.  

The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with another Fellowship or award, including a fully funded PhD studentship.  

Any other conditions applicable to individual Fellowships are stated above under the descriptions of the different types of Fellowship.  

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 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 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. The values of the fellowships (rates for: 2018/19) are: £2,800 for two months, £4,000 for three months, and £5,200 for four months. The amount of these payments is absolute; no additional costs will be paid.    


Fellowships are tenable at the Warburg Institute. Fellows awarded two- or three-month Fellowships must hold at least three-quarters of their award during term-time. The approximate term dates for 2019-20 will be early October to mid-December 2019; mid-January to mid-March 2020; late April to the end of June 2020. Applicants should specify the length of Fellowship for which they are applying (on the application cover sheet see 1 below) but do not need to state in their application when they would wish to hold a Fellowship. Those awarded three-month Fellowships will need to stay at the Institute for a full three month period, i.e. for longer than one term. Those awarded four month Fellowships must hold them in one of the following fixed periods: 1 September to Christmas; 3 January to 30 April; 1 May to 31 August. 

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 mid March 2019.

How to apply and closing date 

Applications must be made using the application form (please click here to download the form - this link will go live in September 2018). Once you have filled out the application form you need to upload this and your writing sample to the University of London online recruitment system (link will go live in September 2018).

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 1 December. 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 and “Warburg Short-term Fellowship” must appear in the subject line of the email. The deadline for references to be received at  is by midnight (GMT) on Friday, 30 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 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.

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 writing sample as a Word document (file size must be below 1 M).

Please upload your application form and writing sample to the Multi-Uploads section. Please note that files must be under 1 MB.

Closing date: Applications (application form and writing sample) must be uploaded to the online recruitment system no later than midnight on Friday, 30 November 2018.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Institute also offers a number of long-term Fellowships of nine 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.

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