The School of Advanced Study has been awarded funding to scope a programme of activities embedding inclusion, participation and engagement in research in the Humanities and in Human Rights. As a result, we are able to offer up to five early career fellowships in the following areas: languages, literatures, and cultures, in association with the Institutes of Classical Studies, English Studies, and Languages, Cultures and Societies; and human rights and policy, in association with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Fellows are expected to pursue their own research during the five months of the Fellowship and to contribute to the School’s scoping mission.

The Fellows will be based in the Institutes of Classical Studies, English Studies, Languages, Cultures and Societies, and Commonwealth Studies as appropriate. We invite applications from individuals, pairs or groups of early career scholars who have active research interests in these areas.

Applicants are invited to submit a research proposal on a topic of their choice, either individually or as part of a group. 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. 

In addition to pursuing their research programme, Fellows will be expected to contribute to the scoping of a programme of activities, hosted by the School of Advanced Study, to promote inclusion, participation and engagement in research. This  might include making recommendations for training the School should develop for postgraduate research students and early career researchers and other activities that will help advance, promote and support research in the humanities nationally. These recommendations will be presented in a showcase at the end of the fellowship period.

The Fellowships will last five months. Because of the nature of the funding, successful applicants must be available to take up the fellowship at the beginning of October 2024. 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

The Call for Applications will open on Friday 17th May

Applicants must submit the online application form by the deadline of Wednesday 19 June 2024 together with

  • A research proposal (maximum: 500 words)
  • A statement outlining how the applicant would promote inclusion, participation and engagement within their research (maximum: 250 words)
  • A short curriculum vitae (not more than 4 pages)
  • Two references specific to the Fellowship, to be uploaded directly by the referees to the online application form by the closing date. 

Online Application Form

Please check exact requirements in the Call for Applications

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is midnight (UK time) on 19 June 2024