Research Fellows are central to the Institute’s work. Fellows contribute to the extensive network of specialist seminars, events and conferences, and help host and develop funded research projects. The Institute encourages its Fellows to engage in interdisciplinary work with colleagues in other Institutes across the School. We are also particularly interested in establishing and sustaining research relationships with English departments across the UK. The Institute and the School are hospitable to international scholars wishing to pursue their research in London or develop research projects with IES staff and existing Fellows.
The School hosts fellows in the following categories.
Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellows
Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowships are reserved for non-affiliated early stage researchers who are within five years of the award of their doctorate. They can be held for a period up to a year and are normally non-renewable. The Institute will provide the use of shared office space, access to Senate House Library, an email account, free attendance at Institute events such as conferences, seminars and workshops (summer school places at reduced cost), and access to a fund for travel/research expenses (currently up to £200 pa, subject to affordability and demand). Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowships are intended to provide early stage researchers with a base from which to complete research, and apply for grants and academic posts, while participating in activities within the Institute. Appointees will be welcome, but not required, to initiate activities such as seminars, workshops or conferences of their own.
We anticipate appointing two to three Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellows annually.
Research Fellows are established researchers with a significant record of achievement. In making awards, the Institute hopes that prospective Fellow’s engagement with IES will be sustained over time. Research Fellows are entitled to use of shared office space in the Institute, access to Senate House Library, an email account, free attendance at Institute events such as conferences, seminars and workshops (summer school places at reduced cost), and competitive access to a fund for travel/research expenses (currently up to £200 pa, subject to affordability and demand). In return, we expect research fellows to participate as fully as possible in the life of the Institute. This may include, for example, by leading or contributing to IES research initiatives, applying for research grants to be held in the Institute, participating in the IES network of seminars and events, organising/attending conferences at IES, contributing to summer schools. We would expect the Institute to be credited in publications and public appearances, and that Research Fellows should be physically present within the Institute as often as possible, contributing actively to the intellectual and research environment.
Research Fellowships are for a three-year term in the first instance with the possibility of renewal. There is no limit on, or expectation about, the number of Research Fellows we will appoint at any one time and all appointments will be made on merit.
Senior Research Fellows
Senior Research Fellows are distinguished academics or independent scholars who are leaders in their field. SRFs contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute through organising or speaking at conferences and events, supervising MPhil/PhD students, leading projects, and carrying out research. Fellows are appointed for life. Appointments are no longer made for this category.
Visiting Research Fellows
Visiting Research Fellowships are offered for a period of six to twelve months and may be renewed once only to enable the continuation of existing projects based in IES. We welcome interest from scholars in English Studies based in the UK or overseas, including non-affiliated researchers. Visiting Research Fellows will be entitled to use of shared office space in the Institute, access to Senate House Library, an email account, free attendance at Institute events such as conferences, seminars and workshops (summer school places at reduced cost), and access to a fund for travel/research expenses (currently up to £200 pa, subject to affordability and demand). Visiting Research Fellows are expected to contribute to the Institute’s activities, through participation in its events, projects and general intellectual and research environment. IES welcomes Visiting Fellows’ engagement in existing research at the Institute, and discussion of new work that might be developed here.
There is no cap of the number of Visiting Research Fellowships we award, but we expect to appoint about three annually. IES encourages and welcomes applications from researchers at a relatively early stage of their careers.
Fellowship applications are invited from 1 February - 1 March each year. Appointments will be made by a committee drawn from the Institute’s external Advisory Council, chaired by Professor Dinah Birch of the University of Liverpool, as well as senior IES staff and Fellows. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by 15 March or as soon as possible thereafter. All Fellows will be required to produce a short annual report of their activities as they contribute to research in English and the work of the IES.
Please fill in the application form, along with a short letter of application indicating suitability for the role, and a short (no more than 4 page) CV which should include details of posts held (if relevant), publications and grants and awards. Please send these to the Institute Administrator.
We also ask you to arrange for two letters of reference to be sent independently by referees to the same address to coincide with receipt of the application.
There is no restriction as to the period or subject matter, and all topics within the field of English Studies, the history of the book, manuscript studies and palaeography, historical and enumerative bibliography, textual scholarship and scholarly editing will be considered. (Awards are however rarely made in the area of modern or applied linguistics.) Though not essential, it may be an advantage to demonstrate a link to the Institute's core research interests. All applicants should demonstrate a significant record of research achievement and contribution to the discipline as appropriate to career stage, circumstances and the category of Fellowship for which they are applying.
The deadline for applications is 1 March 2017.
The School of Advanced Study each year welcome around 140 visiting research fellows who benefit from its unique research resources and multidisciplinary scholarly community. To apply for School-wide fellowships, including British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellowships, and the ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellowship, see the School's Fellowships page.