Short-Term Research Fellowships

in Intellectual and Cultural History

Fellowship application timetable: 

Applications for these Fellowships has now closed. The next call for interest for applications will be in Autumn 2107.

Each year the Institute offers a number of short-term Fellowships of two, three or four months duration. 
The Warburg Institute 

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. It is cross-disciplinary and global. It is concerned with the histories of art and science, and their relationship with superstition, magic, and popular beliefs. Its researches are historical, philological and anthropological. It is dedicated to the study of the survival and transmission of cultural forms – whether in literature, art, music or science – across borders and from the earliest times to the present. In setting out the historical, psychological, anthropological and political dimensions of art and culture, the work of Aby Warburg underlines the continuing relevance of the humanities today. 

Fellowship details for tenure in 2017-18 

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.  

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.    

Grete Sondheimer Fellowship

A Fellowship has generously been endowed by Professor Ernst Sondheimer in memory of his aunt, Grete Sondheimer, who worked in the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg in Hamburg and in the Library of the Warburg Institute in London from 1944 to 1947. The two month Fellowship, may be held in any of the areas of interest of the Institute.  

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 generally 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 normally have been awarded their doctorate within the preceding five years, i.e. after 1 October 2011. If their doctorate was awarded before this date, candidates must make a clear case in their application for any modification of this general rule.  

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 fully funded PhD studentships.  

Any other conditions applicable to individual Fellowships are stated above.  

All Fellows will be expected to carry out research on the topic for which they have been awarded their Fellowship, to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute and to put their knowledge at the disposal of the Institute by presenting their work in a seminar and by advising the Library and Photographic Collection.  

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 done with the aid of a Fellowship shall include full acknowledgement of the fact.  

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: 2017/18) are: £2,680 for two months, £3,860 for three months, and £5,140 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 2017-18 will be early October to mid-December 2017; mid-January to mid-March 2018; late April to the end of June 2018. 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 

No interviews will be held. Shortlisted candidates only will be contacted in late January 2017 to ask them to submit samples of their written work. All shortlisted candidates will then be informed of the final outcome of their application in March 2017.  

The Selection committee will draw up a short list of candidates to be invited to submit written work. The committee will assess the quality of applications with reference to the following criteria:  

The academic record of the candidate as exhibited by CV and references;  

The importance of the proposed research to the applicant’s field;  

The prospects for completing research within the time projected;  

The candidate’s expected contribution to the intellectual life of the Warburg Institute.  

Candidates should NOT submit publications or written work with their application. Those shortlisted will be contacted in late January 2017 and will be asked to send material at that stage of the application process. Those shortlisted will be asked to submit electronically three samples of written pieces of work for consideration by the selection committee. Each piece of work should be no more than around 5,000 words. We suggest that applicants submit up to three shorter pieces so that the Selection Committee can get a broad view of their work. The word restriction is to allow Committee members time to read and give proper consideration to each applicant’s work. The submission of a portion of a complete piece of work is therefore acceptable, e.g. a single chapter or section. Written work should be in English if possible, but we can also accept work in French, Italian, Spanish or German.  

How to apply and closing date 

Applications must be made using the application form. Further details and the application form are available on this page.

The application form asks you to provide the following:  

1. 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. 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 by midnight (GMT)  on Friday, 25 November 2016.  

2. An outline of your proposed research (of no more than 800 words) and the title of your research project. You should explain how your research project would benefit from being carried out at the Warburg Institute and having access to the Institute’s resources. The project must be achievable within the time requested for your Fellowship.  

3. A curriculum vitae giving full details of name, date of birth, address (including email address), present occupation, school and university education, degrees, teaching and research experience. Please ensure that you include start and end dates for all positions/scholarships/study periods/funding etc held  


Please note: Candidates applying for more than one type of short-term Fellowship need only submit one application and should state on the first sheet of the application form for which Fellowships they wish to apply.  

Reminder: Candidates should not submit publications or written work with their application. Those shortlisted will be contacted in late January 2017 and will be asked to send material at that stage of the application process.  

Closing date  

Applications must be uploaded to the online recruitment system no later than midnight (GMT) on Friday, 25 November 2016.