Visiting Fellows

Individuals selected for the conferral of the title of Visiting Fellow at the Warburg Institute will be academic researchers and scholars who may or may not be affiliated to a university or similar centre of Higher Education. 

The purpose of the Visiting Fellowship scheme is to enable external scholars, who intend to visit the Institute and use its Collections to further their research and to contribute to the academic and intellectual life of the Warburg.

Visiting Fellows will normally hold a PhD qualification and will be active scholars publishing in a field of intellectual endeavour associated with the work and intellectual resources of the Warburg Institute. If you are a current PhD student please do not apply for a Visiting Fellowship, however we welcome your application as an Occasional Student. Normally they would be invited to spend a minimum of six months at the Institute, the majority of which should be during term-time. As well as making full use of the Warburg’s intellectual resources, fellows will be expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute in a measureable way. They will be asked to present a brief paper (20 minutes) on their research to Warburg staff, students and fellows during the tea time talks’ series (Mondays at 16.15 during term-time).  This talk will take place near the beginning of the fellow’s visit to the Warburg to enable members of the Institute to find out about their work and to give them support and assistance where they can.

Visiting Fellows may be in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship (provided by an external organisation). No funding can be provided by the Warburg Institute. Depending on the space available at the time of their stay at the Warburg Visting Fellows may be provided with desk space at the Institute (please note that computing and IT equipment cannot be provided).


Candidates may be nominated for the award of the title of Visiting Fellow of the Warburg Institute by a member of the academic staff of the Institute or they may submit an application for the award. Nominations and applications need to be submitted by the following deadlines:

Deadline for submission of application
Notification of decision about award
Friday, 03 July  2020 End of July 2020
Friday, 30 October 2020 End of November 2020
Friday, 29 January 2021 End of February 2021
Friday, 7 May 2021 End of May 2021

Candidates are asked to complete an application form (click here to download form) and to send this as a single document attached to an email to Applications will be considered on the basis of the relevance of the Warburg’s collections to the research of the applicant and to the contribution he or she will make to the intellectual life of the Institute.

Applications will be considered by the Warburg’s Senior Management Team (SMT) in the first instance. The SMT will make recommendations on the proposed conferral of the title of Visiting Fellow to a meeting of the academic staff of the Institute. Fellowships will be awarded for a fixed term which will be variable and which will not extend beyond two years. Fellowships are not normally renewable.

Visiting Fellows, if they are not British nationals or EU citizens, may require a visa, and must ascertain what category of visa is most suitable for them and make all arrangements for their visa. Further details about visa categories can be found at

Please note the following:

  • The Warburg Institute cannot offer Tier 2 or 5 visas for Visiting Fellowships.
  • Visiting Fellows requiring visas will usually be eligible to apply for a Standard Visitor visa which permits academics to visit to carry out research – please refer to the UK Gov website for details of eligibility requirements.
  • Visiting Fellows using a Standard Visitor visa would probably not be able to stay in the UK for longer than six months.

Please note that only a limited number of Visiting Fellows can be accepted each year. However researchers, who spend time at the Warburg as Library Readers and using the Institute’s other collections, can also join in the intellectual life of the Warburg by attending conferences, lectures and seminars, and by meeting the Institute’s academics, Fellows and students, for example over lunch on Wednesdays and at teatime in the Common Room during term-time.


Current / Upcoming Fellows


Dr Martina Mazzotta (16 September 2019 - 25 September 2021) - European Wunderkammern and encyclopaedic collections. 

Prof Juliet Simpson (30 September 2019 - 30 June 2021) - Primitives, Portents and Princes —  Aby Warburg and the Nachleben of the Northern Renaissance

Ms Céline Bohnert (02 January 2020 – 01 January 2022)

Prof Laurie Shannon (Mid march 2020 onwards) - Hamlet’s Kin: A Natural History of Human Being, circa 1600

Dr Hiroko Nagai (27 April 2020 - 27 April 2022) - Umbrian and Roman painting of the 15th and the 16th century

Dr Matthew Drage (01 October 2020 - 31 September 2021) - “Universal Dharma”: Experience and Authority in the Mindfulness Mediation Movement

Mr Adam Sammat (September 2020 - September 2021) - Rubens and the Dominican Church in Antwerp

Dr Juliette Milbach (October 2020 - October 2022) - Art Discourse in the Soviet Union: An Inquiry into the Viewers’ Imagination

Prof Elmar Csaplovics (1 October 2020 - 31 March 2022) - Topographies of Regional Maps of Central Europe in the 15th Century: the Cusanus - Bessarion - Corvinus - Rosselli Link

Prof Rebecca Müller (1 October 2020 - 28 February 2021) - Neither true nor false. Materials and meanings in medieval glass gems

Gregory Minissale​ ( Dates TBC) - Dynamism and Stasis in Auerbach’s ‘matter painting’

Dr Donato Verardi  (Dates TBC)  - Magic and representation of the passions of demons in England between the 18th and 19th centuries: The Magus by Francis Barrett

Dr Xu Wei (Dates TBC) - Paintings related to natural history in the Renaissance

Reimund Leicht (Dates TBC) - The Parisian Bans on Aristotelian Philosophy 1210-1277 and the Maimonidean Controversy – Comparative Studies on two alleged turning points in medieval intellectual history