We welcome applications from international students registered for a PhD in their own country to join the Institute as an occasional student.

Occasional students pay a monthly fee (contact us at warburg@sas.ac.uk for details) and receive an academic mentor and access to the LibraryPhotographic Collection, and Archive. They are encouraged to attend open lectures, seminars and colloquia and to become part of the Institute’s international research culture.

Please note that this is not a formal exchange programme and therefore occasional students do not receive formal supervision and we are unable to sponsor visa applications.

We recommend that occasional students spend at least one term at the Institute, but we will consider applications for a shorter stay. The maximum length of stay is one year. View the Instutute's term dates.

To apply for a place as an occasional student, download and complete the form below and return to The Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB or warburg@sas.ac.uk. Applicants will normally be informed of the result of their application within two weeks of receipt of references.

Occasional students' fees: £500 per month or £1000 per term

Deadline for submission of application

Notification of decision about award

Friday, 5 May 2023 End of May 2023
Friday, 28 October 2022 End of November 2022
Friday, 3 February 2023 End of February 2023

Application form

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Occasional Students confirmed for the next academic year 2021/22 and ahead

  • Adrien Mangili January 2021 - December 2021
  • Jiao Chongwei 25 October 2021 - 31 July 2022 
  • Wesley Viner 27 Sept - 17 December 2021 
  • Hollie Buttery 27 September - 10 December 2021 
  • Yuze Kang  10 January 2022 - 10 July 2022 
  • Yuchen Liu October  2021-June 2022 
  • Francesco Molinarolo (Scuola Normale) 2021/22 second term
  • José Joaquim Araneda Riquelme (Scuola Normale) 2021/22 second term
  • Signe Havsteen 10 January 2022 - 25 March 2022
  • Ada Naval García  - 7 March 2022 - 24 April 2022 

I would unreservedly recommend the Institute as a place of study. It offered me a unique understanding of the interactions between image and word, art history, religion, literature and philosophy, across space and time.

Dr Laura Popoviciu, former MA and PhD Student