To honour the life and work of William St Clair, the St Clair family has established an Early Career funded fellowship to help support the research and professional development of early career researchers in languages, literatures and cultures. Fellows are expected to pursue their own research during the five months of the Fellowship and to contribute to the work of the Institutes of Classical Studies, English Studies, and Languages, Cultures and Societies, as appropriate.  A distinguished independent scholar, William St Clair was a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of English Studies, whose wide-ranging multi-disciplinary research interests encompassed literary history and biography, Romanticism, archaeology and classical antiquities, and the history of the book and publishing, particularly open-access publishing. We invite applications from early career scholars who have active research interests in any of these areas.

The Fellows will be based in the Institutes of Classical Studies, English Studies, and Languages, Cultures and Societies, as appropriate.

Applicants are invited to submit a research proposal on a topic of their choice. This should specify as an objective a defined outcome for the research carried out during the period of the fellowship, such as a grant proposal, an article, chapter in a book and/or detailed proposal for a book.

The Fellowships will last five months. Because of the nature of the funding, successful applicants must be available to take up the fellowship by January 2024 at the earliest or by the end of June 2024 at the latest. Fellows will receive a stipend of £2,000 per month; this may be used as a contribution towards travel and/or accommodation costs during the Fellowship, though residence in London is not a requirement of these posts. Payment will be made in two instalments during the course of the Fellowship, at commencement and in month 3. The overall payment is £10,000 or pro rata if the fellowship is terminated early. Some additional funding will be available to support events and activities.

The Fellowships are intended to support early career researchers without a permanent academic post. In order to be eligible for the scheme, early career scholars (i.e. scholars within eight years of PhD award, not including any period of career break) must have been awarded their PhD by the start of the fellowship. Independent researchers without a PhD would not normally be eligible. 


Method of Application

Applicants must submit the online application form by the deadline of 20 November 2023 together with:

•    A Research Proposal detailing the research project to be carried out during the Fellowship (maximum: 500 words)
•    A short CV (not usually longer than four pages including Publications
•    Two references specific to the Fellowship, to be uploaded directly by the referees to the online application form by the closing date.

Please check exact requirements in the Call for Applications

Application Form

Closing Date
The deadline for applications is midnight (UK time) on 20 November 2023