Luisa Selis Fellowship

Funded by the Fondazione di Sardegna in memory of anthropologist Luisa Selis, who specialised in the cultural memory of Sardinia, this Fellowship enables researchers in this field (ethnography, anthropology and/or literature for example) to conduct research at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Londra (IIC).

The Fellowship is open to applicants from the UK and overseas. Candidates should have completed their doctorate and have a strong publications record. Doctoral students in the final stages of their studies may be considered for a Scholarship.

The tenure of the Fellowship is three months. The scheme provides accommodation at the IIC for the duration of the Fellowship as well as funds for subsistence and research-related costs of £2,000.

Further Details


Fellowships are tenable for three months between 1 April and 30 June 2019, though exceptions may be possible and requests for alternatives considered on an individual basis.

What the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) and Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC) Offer

The IMLR offers shared office accommodation with wifi, internet/email, photocopying facilities, and access to 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.

The IIC offers access to its own library, accommodation and use of the facilities at the IIC, located in the heart of London.

What Visiting Fellows Do

The Visiting Fellows/Scholars programme contributes to and enhances the scholarly activity of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, the IMLR and the School of Advanced Study. To this end, Fellows/Scholars are expected to give a presentation in the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory's events programme, and to contribute to a book-length publication. Visiting Fellows/Scholars are required to place a recent, normally unpublished, piece of work in our e-repository, SAS-Space.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 Institutes and, where appropriate, a copy should be deposited in the IIC Library. 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 IMLR's blog.

Financial Arrangements

Fellows will be awarded £2,000, which is intended to cover subsistence and contribute to research-related costs. Payment is made direct to the award-holder's bank account by the IMLR at the beginning of the tenure of the Fellowship. Should the Fellow for any reason bot take up the Fellowship, the funding must be immediately returned.


Fellows that do not have the right to reside and/or study in the UK will require a visa and must ascertain what category of visa is most suitable for them.

The University of London is licensed to issue certificates of sponsorship for Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visas. Further details of this category of visa are available on the UKVI website here. If Fellows require entry under a Tier 5 GAE visa, they should make this known in their chosen fellowship application. The Institute can then liaise with the University HR department to make the necessary arrangements – please note that successful applicants will be required to submit a COS application form along with copies of their passport and necessary qualifications in order for the COS application to be made. Once the certificate is granted, the applicant can then use this to apply for their visa application via the relevant local embassy. Further details of visa categories can be found on the UKVI website here.


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 'Luisa Selis Fellowship Application 2017-18'.

Applicants can expect to be notified of the result of the competition by the end of May. Applicants are not called for interview.

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications and references for the 2018-19 round is 30 April 2018.​

Application Form

Further particulars and application form [PDF].

The application form is also available in MS-Word format from