Warburg Institute Long Term Research Fellowships, 2018 – UK

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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.

Frances A. Yates Long-Term 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.

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


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 their doctorate was awarded before 1 October 2012, candidates must make a clear case in their application for any modification of this general rule (e.g. maternity/paternity leave or illness resulting in a career break). Applications will only be accepted from candidates who have successfully completed the defense of their doctorate (viva) before 24 November 2017 (the closing date).

Selection procedure and policy 

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 their expected contribution to the intellectual life of the Warburg Institute.


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