Visiting Fellowships and Scholarships

The Institute of Modern Languages Research 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
Up to ten Visiting Fellowships and five Visiting Scholarships are available annually on a non-stipendiary basis, tenable at the Institute or within one of the IMLR's research centres:
Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing
Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory
Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature
Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies 
Centre for Quebec and French-Canadian Studies
Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies (NEW from January 2016)

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

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

4. Funded Fellowships in the Cultural Memory of Sardinia (Luisa Selis)

5. School of Advanced Study Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships and Scholarships are open to applicants from the UK and overseas. Candidates applying for Fellowships should have completed their doctorate and have a strong publications record. Doctoral students may apply for Visiting Scholarships.

Visiting Fellows and Scholars currently based at the Institute

Further Details

Fellowships and Scholarships are tenable for any period from one month to one year between 1 September of the current year to 30 June of the following year. Extensions to the original period of the Fellowship may be possible, subject to the same terms.

What the Institute Offers
The Institute offers shared office accommodation with wifi, internet/email, photocopying facilities, and access to the Institute's Germanic Studies Library, the Senate House Library, and the libraries of other Institutes within the School of Advanced Study. Admission to the British Library can be arranged. Fellows/Scholars are offered free access to all Institute events, and are expected to participate actively in these. Fellows/Scholars in receipt of external sponsorship are asked to pay a bench fee of £100 per month.

What Visiting Fellows/Scholars Do
Fellows/Scholars contribute to and enhance the scholarly activity of the Institute and the School of Advanced Study. In addition to giving a presentation to one of the Institute's research seminars, Visiting Fellows/Scholars are required to organise an event either during or resulting from their stay, or otherwise contribute to the work of the Institute. Fellows/Scholars are also invited to place a recent, normally unpublished, piece of work in our e-repository, SAS-Space. Publications resulting from research conducted during the tenure of the Fellowship must acknowledge the Institute and, where appropriate, a copy should be deposited in the Germanic Studies Library or with the Institute Director. At the conclusion of their stay, Fellows/Scholars are asked to write a short report on the progress they have made in their research for internal reporting and possible publicity. Fellows are expected to contribute to the Visiting Fellows’ blog.

Accommodation is not provided and award holders should make their own arrangements. A list of hotels and guest houses is available on our website, and we can also put award holders in touch with people offering private accommodation. The University of London Accommodation office may also be able to assist.

Visas (New Legislation)
Regulations require non-European nationals to obtain an ID card before entering the UK. At the time of applying for an entry visa, the Visa office should provide award holders with appropriate forms enabling them to acquire an ID card, which will be valid until the visa expires.


Method of Application
Applicants should submit the application form specific to the Fellowship applied for by the closing date stated together with

• a statement detailing your research project and intended outputs (no longer than 1,500 words)
• a statement outlining the ways in which you would contribute to the work of the Institute (500 words)
• a curriculum vitae (no longer than 2 pp)
• a publications list (not more than 2 pp)

and arrange for two academic references specific to the Fellowship/Scholarship application to be sent by the closing date to Jane Lewin, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (or by email to The preferred method of submission is by email; please ensure that the subject line reads 'IMLR Visiting Fellowship/Scholarship Application 2016-17'.
Applicants are notified of the result of the competition following consideration by the relevant Institute's Fellowships Committee. Applicants are not called for interview.

Closing Date
The competition for 2015-2016 is closed. The closing date for receipt of applications and references for the 2016-2017 round is 1 March 2016.

Application Form
Further particulars and application form (pdf). The application form is also available in MS-Word format from