Long Term Research Fellowships
in Intellectual and Cultural History
The Warburg Institute
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).
An award will not normally be made to applicants who are employed as Professor, Lecturer or equivalent in a university or learned institution.
The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with another Fellowship or award.
Fellows must be undertaking original research on the topic outlined in their application during their stay at the Warburg Institute.
The Fellow will be expected to participate in the academic life of the Institute and to put his/her knowledge at the disposal of the Institute by presenting his/her work in a Work in Progress seminar and by advising the Library and Photographic Collection.
The Fellow may teach elsewhere during tenure of the Fellowship only with the express permission of the Director.
The Fellow will be required to provide a brief written report at the conclusion of the appointment (using the proforma report which will be provided by the Institute).
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 carried out with the aid of a Warburg Fellowship shall include appropriate acknowledgement of the fact. Fellows are also requested to provide a copy of any such publications for the Warburg Institute Library.
Candidates from outside the EU will need to check the regulations for acquiring a visa to visit the UK for their Fellowship.
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.
Candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted in late February 2018. Interviews will be held in early March 2018 (exact date to be confirmed).
Value of Fellowships
The starting salary of the Fellowship is expected to be approx £ 30,512 pro rata for nine months including London Allowance (value as at 31.7.2017 – small increase due in August 2018). Payment will be made monthly in arrears and is liable to deductions for tax and National Insurance.
The person appointed will be deemed automatically to be a member of the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS) and will have contributions deducted accordingly. Once full information on the Scheme has been received, he/she may elect in writing to withdraw from the Scheme.
The Fellowship is tenable at the Institute. The Fellow will normally be expected to be at the Institute full-time during the period of the Fellowship (which does not exclude the use of other libraries and archives) and to live within commutable distance of the Institute.
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