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Warburg Institute Frances A. Yates Long-Term Fellowship in Cultural and Intellectual History

The Warburg Institute is offering 3 x Frances Yates Long-Term Fellowships for the academic year 2020-21.

The deadline for applications is 6 December 2019, find out more about how to apply.

Frances A Yates Long-term Fellowship

Each year the Institute offers post-doctoral long-term Yates Fellowships to support research on projects on any aspect of cultural, intellectual or art history supported by the resources of the Institute’s Library, Photographic Collection or Archive. The awards provide financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London for nine to twelve months.

Yates Fellowships are intended for scholars at any stage of their post-doctoral career. They are designed to enable scholars to carry out research in and on the Warburg’s Collections. Proposed projects should be unrelated to the doctoral dissertation of the applicants.

The annual group of fellows benefits from and contributes to the vibrant intellectual life of the Institute.  Fellows are given a space to work, they are able to offer an introduction to their research in a Tea Time Talk and are asked to give a Work-in-Progress Seminar paper toward the end of their period at the Institute. Fellows are encouraged to contribute the Institute’s blog: Mnemosyne.

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. 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.

Please note the following:

  • Those who have previously held a long-term fellowship at the Institute are not eligible to apply
  • Candidates must hold a PhD by the time the fellowship begins in October 2020. For those who do not hold a PhD upon application, their reference must be provided by their PhD supervisor 
  • Fellowships at the Warburg Institute may not be held concurrently with another fellowship or award
  • Candidates from outside the EU will need to check the regulations for acquiring a visa to visit the UK for the period of their fellowships
  • Fellowships are tenable at the Warburg Institute and begin in October 2020 for either a nine- or twelve-month period. Fellows are paid a stipend of £37,616 for a 12-month fellowships and a pro-rata amount of that sum for a nine-month fellowship.

Fellowship Application Instructions

To apply for a fellowship please send the following documents as one single PDF titled with your name followed by the fellowship you are applying to (either long-term Frances Yates or short-term Ouseley) to warburg@sas.ac.uk by the deadline, 6 December 2019.

Research proposal to include the following:

  • Research project title
  • Research project abstract (max 150 words)
  • A detailed description of your research project (no more than 800 words) which should also include:
    - Details of the outputs you intend to complete,
    - A brief timetable for your research work to demonstrate feasibility of completing your work within the period of the Fellowship,
    - Your reasons for needing to carry out your research at the Warburg and
    - Examples of the resources you will use (human and material) and a description of the contribution you will make to the intellectual life of the Institute.

CV (no more than 3 x pages).
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, publications, and work experience. Please ensure that you include the start and end dates for all positions/scholarships/study periods/funding etc held.

Writing sample
The writing sample should be 5,000 words maximum and consist of a short introduction and 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). 

One reference - in the first instance. If you are successful in being short-listed for interview the panel may request a second reference from you.

We prefer to receive references in English but if necessary will accept references in French, Italian, Spanish or German. For those who do not hold a PhD upon application, their reference must be provided by their PhD supervisor. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ask his/her referee to supply a letter of reference, and it is strongly advised that referees are contacted well in advance of the application deadline. 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 warburg@sas.ac.uk with the email subject ‘Reference for’ and the applicant’s full name. The deadline for references to be received at warburg@sas.ac.uk is by midnight (GMT) on 6 December 2019.

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.

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Please note the following:

  • Those who have previously held a fellowship at the Institute are not eligible to apply
  • Candidates must hold a PhD by the time the fellowship begins. For those who do not hold a PhD upon application, their reference must be provided by their PhD supervisor 
  • Fellowships at the Warburg Institute may not be held concurrently with another fellowship or award
  • Candidates from outside the EU will need to check the regulations for acquiring a visa to visit the UK for the period of their fellowships
Application date
Duration
9-12 months
Country
Europe : United Kingdom
Discipline
Humanities : Architecture, Art & Art History, History, Literature, Music & Musicology, Philosophy, Religion & Theology
Social sciences : Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Social Anthropology, Sociology
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
3
Award granted
£ 37.616
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