Long Term Research Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History
London (Warburg Institute)

Job Reference: 000879

Closing Date: 24/11/2017

Salary: £30,512 per annum (pro rata)

Employment Type: Fellowship - Stipendiary

Department: School of Advanced Study - Fellowships section

Division: The Warburg Institute (WI)

Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week

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.

The Institute is offering a number of Frances A. Yates Fellowships for the academic year 2018-19.  Typically the Fellowships will be awarded from 1 October 2018 to 30 June 2019. 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.

The Fellowships are for scholars in the early stages of their careers. Candidates must be postdoctoral and have been awarded their doctorate within the preceding five years, i.e. after 1 October 2012. If an applicant’s doctorate was awarded before 1 October 2012, the candidate 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).  Applications will only be accepted from candidates who have successfully completed the defence of their doctorate (viva) before 24 November 2017 (the closing date for applications).

Value of Long-term Fellowship
The starting salary of the Fellowship is expected to be £30,512 pro rata for nine months including London Allowance (value as at 1.8.2017 – small increase due in August 2018).

How to apply
To apply for this role, applications must be made using the application form which can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Applications must be completed in English and uploaded in Microsoft Word version by the position deadline which is midnight, Friday 24 November 2017. 

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 in other languages (in French, Italian, Spanish or German only). 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 24 November. References must be emailed by your referees as Word or PDF document attachments (on headed paper, signed and scanned) direct to warburg@sas.ac.uk and the applicant’s surname and “Warburg Long-term Fellowship” must appear in the subject line of the email. The deadline for references to be received at warburg@sas.ac.uk is midnight (GMT) on Friday, 24 November 2017.  

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 nine months.

  • 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.

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 to the section 'Reference 1' and in the document description field enter Writing Sample.

Closing date: Applications must be uploaded to the online recruitment system no later than Friday, 24 November 2017.



This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.