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Mellon Research Fellowships 2008-2009

CAS 11/01/2008

All enquiries regarding Fellowships should be made to
the Secretary and Registrar of the Warburg Institute ( ).

The Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the classical tradition - in the sense of those elements in European thought, art and institutions that have evolved out of the cultures of the ancient world. Its Library and Photographic Collection are designed and arranged to encourage research into the processes by which one culture learns from another, and by which different fields of thought and art act on each other. They are particularly concerned with continuities between the ancient Mediterranean civilizations and the cultural and intellectual history of post-classical Europe, especially in the period to c. 1800, and aim to document the tenacity of symbols and images in European art and architecture, the persistence of motifs and forms in Western languages and literatures, the gradual transition in Western thought from magical beliefs to religion, science and philosophy, and the survival and transformation of ancient patterns in social customs and political institutions.

The Institute’s resources comprise an open-access research library of over 300,000 volumes, shelved with many thousands of offprints, some 3,000 journal titles and a reference collection of over 400,000 photographs complementing the material in the Library.

The Institute has an active programme of teaching, seminars, lectures and colloquia, often arranged in collaboration with other institutions or learned societies, both British and foreign. Those working at the Institute, including research fellows and scholars of many different nationalities, are encouraged to present and discuss their research in regular term-time seminars.

Mellon Research Fellowships

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has selected the Institute as one of the institutes of advanced study in Western Europe to participate in a Fellowship programme for Eastern European scholars in the humanities.

3 three-month Fellowships are available for tenure in 2008-2009 in any area falling within the interests of the Institute.


The Fellowships are open to Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Slovak scholars. Candidates should not be permanently resident outside the countries concerned.

Fellows should have obtained a doctorate or have equivalent experience. The Fellowships are intended for postdoctoral scholars in the earlier stages of their careers. Preference will be given to those who have not previously held an award under the Mellon Fellowship programme at any of the participating institutions. Candidates who have held two Mellon Fellowships or who have held a Mellon Fellowship within the last three years are not eligible to apply.

Value of Fellowships

The value of the Fellowships will be the sterling equivalent of $11,500 each. Given fluctuating exchange rates, the exact figure cannot be predicted.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in making this grant, intends that it should cover a stipend including all living and subsistence costs; travel and shipping costs (including travel to and from England, and other travel during the Fellowship); health insurance; post-Fellowship expenses (including acquisition of materials, subscriptions, hard- and soft-ware, membership and publication costs).

These funds will be payable to Fellows after arrival at the Institute.


Term dates for 2008-2009 will be: 6 October - 12 December 2008; 12 January - 20 March 2009; 20 April - 26 June 2009. At least two of the three months of the Fellowship must fall within the Institute’s terms.


No interviews will be held. Awards will be announced in May 2008. All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application.


Fellows will be expected to participate in the life of the Institute and to put their knowledge at the disposal of the Institute by presenting their work in a seminar and by advising the Library and Photographic Collection. Fellows may teach elsewhere during tenure of the Fellowship only with the express permission of the Director. They will be required to present a brief written report at the conclusion of their appointment. A Fellowship may be terminated if the Appointing Committee is not satisfied that the conditions of the award are being met. All publications containing results of work done with the aid of a Fellowship shall include adequate acknowledgement of the fact.


There is no application form. Applications should be made by letter to the Director giving the following information:

1. A curriculum vitae giving full details of name, date of birth, nationality, address (including e-mail address) and present occupation, school and university education, degrees, teaching and research experience, publications
2. An outline of proposed research (not more than 2 pages)
3. Particulars of grants received, if any, for the same subject
4. The names and addresses of two or three persons who have agreed to write, without further invitation, to the Director in support of the application. These letters of reference may be sent by post, fax or e-mail (e-mail address: ) and should reach the Director by 3 April 2008. It is the responsibility of candidates to ask their referees to write to the Director by this date.
5. Up to three samples of published work should be submitted, if possible. Candidates should indicate whether they wish these publications to be returned, or whether they may be given to the Institute’s Library.
6. It would be helpful if candidates would indicate where they first heard of these Fellowships.

Closing date: applications must arrive at the Institute no later than 3 April 2008.

Applications may be sent by post to The Director, The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB, or by fax to + 44 (0)20 7862 8955, but not by e-mail.

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