Miller Fellowships in Exile Studies

Endowed by a generous bequest from the estate of Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller, funding is available for researchers in the field of German-speaking exile in the UK wishing to work at the Institute's Germanic Studies Library and its Archives. The Exile Archive dates to 1996-97, when the collection was established at the then Institute of Germanic Studies (now Institute of Modern Languages Research). The Institute already held the papers of several individuals such as Rudolf MajutHerbert Thoma and Berthold Auerbach, who were exiled from Germany and Austria during the 1930s as a result of persecution under the National Socialist regime. Since the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies was set up, the Institute has attracted further significant donations and bequests, among the most important being the papers of the Anglo-Austrian Society and the archive of Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller.

The Fellowship(s) are open to applicants from the UK and overseas. Candidates should have completed their doctorate and have a strong publications record. The Fellowship(s) are designed to provide a contribution to temporary living expenses in London, or to enable those in employment to take unpaid leave to further their studies. Awards are typically made for periods of between one and three months.

Visiting Fellows and Scholars currently based at the Institute

Further Details

Fellowships 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.  Fellows are offered free access to all Institute events, and are expected to participate actively in these.

What Visiting Fellows 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 Research Centre for German and Austrian Studies' 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.

Financial Arrangements
The awards made are intended to subsidize the costs of accommodation during the Fellow's stay in London. Payment is made direct to the award holder's bank account at the beginning of the tenure of the fellowship. In the event of an extension being agreed, this is without further payment.

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 (below) 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 'Miller Visiting Fellowship 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 closing date for receipt of applications and references for the 2016-17 round will be 1 March 2016.

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