Short-term Ouseley Fellowship
London (Warburg Institute)

Job reference: 01254

Location: London (Warburg Institute)

Closing date: 15/02/2019

Salary: £1,500 stipend per month

Employment type: Fellowship - Stipendiary

Department: School of Advanced Study - Fellowships section

Sub-Department: The Warburg Institute (WI)

Hours per week: 35 hours per week

We are offering 1 short-term Ouseley fellowship.

The aim of this award is to provide financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London to enable scholars to undertake a period research on the Arabic, Persian, Hindustani and other Oriental languages in this country. 

The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity. Its open-stack Library, Photographic Collection and Archive serve as an engine for interdisciplinary research, postgraduate teaching and a prestigious events and publication programme.

The annual group of fellows benefits from and contributes to the vibrant intellectual life of the Institute.  They are given a space to work, are able to offer an introduction to their work in a Tea Time Talk and are encouraged to contribute the Institute’s blog: Mnemosyne. Situated in the heart of the Bloomsbury Knowledge Quarter, the Warburg offers scholars the opportunity to engage with academics not only within the institute, but also at local universities, museum and galleries and research institutes.

The following Fellowship is intended for scholars at any stage of their post-doctoral career. 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

Ouseley Fellowship 
One fellowship available for a period of either two or three months.

The proposed research project should be on Arabic and/or Persian research and language. Preference will be given to scholars working in areas where the institute already has strengths, such as art, science, philosophy, religion and especially the transmission of ideas between cultures. The research would be firmly grounded in sources written in Arabic and/or Persian.


Please note the following
Those who have previously held a short-term Fellowship at the Institute are not eligible not eligible to apply.

The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with another Fellowship or award.

The holder of the fellowship will also have the opportunity to host a reading group supported by the Institute in one or both of these language. 

Visas and Immigration. Waht you need to do

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:   

Check if you need a UK visa, apply, manage your application, biometric residence permits. EU, EEA and Commonwealth citizens

Value of Fellowships and Tenure 

Fellowships are tenable at the Warburg Institute and begin in October 2019 for either a two or three month period. Fellows awarded two- or three-month Fellowships must hold at least three-quarters of their award during term-time. The term dates for 2019-20 are: 30 September 2019 - 13 December 2019; 13 January 2020 - 27 March 2020; 27 April 2020 - 17 July 2020. 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.

Fellows are paid a stipend of £ £1,500 per month.

Payment will be paid in full, for the whole period of your Fellowship, upon arrival at the Institute.

How to apply and closing date 
Applications must be made using the online application form.
Please read the notes below on completing the form before beginning your application. You will be asked to select which fellowship you are applying for and suggest the dates of your fellowship in the application form.

Closing date for applications: Friday 15th February 2019.  


1. References

Please provide two references 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 15th February 2019. We will not contact referees on your behalf. 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 22nd February 2019.

2.  Research proposal:

Please copy and paste your research abstract and proposal into the application form. You are asked to provide the following:

• Research project title

• Research project abstract (max 150 words)

• A detailed description of your proposed research project (no more than 800 words) which should also include:

o Details of the outputs you intend to complete. 

o A brief timetable for your research work to demonstrate the feasibility of completing your work within the period of the Fellowship.

o Your reasons for needing to carry out your research at the Warburg and examples of the resources you will use (human and material resources).

o A Description of the contribution you will make to the intellectual life of the Institute. 

3. Curriculum vitae: 

Please upload your CV. Your CV should be no longer than 3 x A4 pages and should give 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.

4. Writing sample: 

The writing sample should be 1,000 words maximum and be a short introduction, part of an article or chapter or similar written preferably in English (but a writing sample in French, Italian, Spanish or German will also be acceptable).  Please copy and paste the writing sample into the application form.


Selection procedure

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. 

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be advised of the final outcome by Friday 8th March 2019.

If you have any questions please contact the Warburg Institute: 


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