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Fellowships

We run over 30 fellowship schemes, which attract researchers of all career stages from around the globe.

The School of Advanced Study lies at the heart of a global research community, acting both as a national hub for advanced level research into the humanities and social sciences and an international meeting point and research resource for scholars from all over the world.

We run over 30 fellowship schemes, which attract researchers of all career stages from around the globe, and we welcome around 140 visiting research fellows each year who benefit from our unique research resources and multidisciplinary scholarly community.

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IALS welcomes researchers in any area of legal scholarship who can profit from the strengths of its holdings in United Kingdom and foreign law: its particular research interests lie in legal education and the profession; company and partnership law; financial services regulation; economic crime; comparative law; law reform; and the law of children.

The main Fellowships available are:

  • Visiting Fellowships (by application each year; see the Institute's website for details on how to apply). Tenure: between three and 12 months. Non-stipendiary.
  • Inns of Court Fellowship (one Fellowship awarded per annum. Nominations must be made by the Chief Justice of the jurisdiction). Tenure: normally three months. Non-stipendiary, but accommodation will be provided.
  • Visiting Fellowship in Law Librarianship (by application each year; see the Institute's website for details on how to apply). Tenure: between three and 12 months. Non-stipendiary.
  • Associate Research Fellowships (by appointment of the Institute's Advisory Council). Conferred on persons participating in Institute research activities and/or assisting with MPhil/PhD research supervision, thereby enabling them to benefit from library and other facilities equivalent to those enjoyed by other members of staff.

Find out more about IALS fellowships

Institute of Classical Studies

With its internationally renowned library, the ICS provides outstanding research facilities for scholars working in the fields of Ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature, Ancient History, Mycenaean Studies, Classical Archaeology and Ancient Philosophy. Specialist archive rooms are dedicated to research in the Ancient Theatre, in Epigraphy and Papyrology, and for the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Project. Offices for research fellows are located within the area of the library. A computing room is well supplied with electronic information resources in Classics and related fields.

The main Fellowships available are:

  • Early Career Research Associatenon-stipendiary, up to three years.
  • Visiting Fellowship: non-stipendiary, between three months and 12 months.
  • T B L Webster Fellowshipawarded to scholars from universities outside the UK, minimum six weeks, allowance towards cost of travel and accommodation.
  • A. D. Trendall Fellowship: appointed every other year, awarded to scholars from universities outside the UK, minimum six weeks, allowance towards cost of travel and accommodation.
  • Dorothy Tarrant Fellowship: awarded to scholars from universities outside the UK, minimum six weeks, allowance towards cost of travel and accommodation.

Find out more about ICS fellowships

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is the only postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to promote inter-disciplinary and inter-regional research on the Commonwealth and its member nations in the fields of history, politics, economics and other social sciences, and in subjects like development, environment, health, migration, class, race, and literature.

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies offers a number of Fellowships each year. These Fellowships include the following:

Find out more about ICwS fellowships

Institute of English Studies

The activities of the Institute of English Studies attract those interested in the English language and its literatures (including other national and international literatures in English), in the History of the Book, and in cognate fields of study. Its approach is interdisciplinary, and it co-ordinates a substantial amount of research activity through the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies which it hosts on behalf of a cross-sectoral group of seven universities and libraries including the British Library and the St Bride Printing Library. It has a strong presence in the writing of national histories of the book in Britain and Ireland and a strong presence in mediaeval English Palaeography. It hosts a variety of Research Seminar series annually, and about twenty conferences, as well as an ambitious publishing programme.

IES offers the following fellowships:

Find out more about IES fellowships.

Institute of Historical Research

The IHR is a working and meeting place for historians from all over the world and houses two major research centres – the Victoria County History and the Centre for Metropolitan History.  

The Institute administers the following fellowships which aim to help postgraduate, postdoctoral and other research.

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Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies

The Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies offers opportunities for visiting scholars, with or without funding, to conduct research into any field relevant to the work of the Institute.

1. Non-Stipendiary Visiting Fellowships and Scholarships
Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Scholarships are available annually on a non-stipendiary basis, tenable at the Institute or within one of the ILCS's research centres:

2. Funded Fellowships and Scholarships in Germanic Studies (Sylvia Naish)

3. Funded Fellowship in German Studies (Bithell) 

4. Funded Fellowships in German-Speaking Exile Studies (Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller)

5. CLACS Early Career Fellowship in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Find out more about ILCS fellowships.

Institute of Philosophy

The Institute welcomes applications from philosophers who wish to visit London, and can offer its own office space and other facilities. Fellows are encouraged to take an active part in the life of the Programme, and in the many other philosophical activities in London. The Aristotelian Society holds its fortnightly meetings in Senate House, and the Royal Institute of Philosophy holds weekly meetings in nearby Gordon Square. Prospective fellows may apply for a visit of up to one year. Fellows may work in any area of philosophy.

Find out more about IP fellowships.

The Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute exists principally to further the interdisciplinary study of the classical tradition, that is of those elements of European thought, literature, art and institutions which derive from the ancient world. The classical tradition is conceived as the theme which unifies the history of Western civilisation. The emphasis is less on ‘classical’ values in art and literature (in fact, all the strands that link medieval and modern civilisation with its origins in the ancient cultures of the Near East and the Mediterranean are represented in the Library), than on the element of continuity: 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 offers the following Fellowships:

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Human Rights Consortium

Each year, applications are invited for Visiting Fellowships in Human Rights, hosted by the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Visiting Fellowships in Human Rights are granted for a period ranging from one to four months. Fellows are expected to help develop the activities of the Human Rights Consortium at the School by presenting at a conference or seminar or contributing to a publication, and to pursue their own research. Office space, access to computing and printing facilities and a library card are provided.

Fellows are usually junior or senior researchers, though applications from those with relevant experience in Human Rights will be considered. Doctoral students are not normally eligible to apply for Visiting Fellowships.

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SAS Fellowships in numbers

  • 30+ : Annual fellowship schemes run by SAS
  • 140+ : New fellows appointed each year
  • 67 : Fellowships awarded to Early Career Researchers in 2021/22

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