Funding and scholarships

Fellowships: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of York

University_of_York_ShieldUniversity of York, November 1, 2015 – June 1, 2016
Application deadline: Feb 21, 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Writing Competition 2016

The Department of History of Art at the University of York is delighted
to announce The Independent Research Fellowship Writing Competition for
2016. We are eager to attract talented, accomplished, and imaginative
researchers who are building a career in art history to work with us.

We invite expressions of interest and applications from researchers
wishing to apply for any postdoctoral research fellowship scheme,
including the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, British
Academy, Paul Mellon, Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellowships.

The Independent Research Writing Prize provides early career
researchers with a stimulating and supportive environment to develop a
postdoctoral fellowship application of the highest order. The
fellowship must be held in the Department of History of Art at the
University of York.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Writing Competition in conjunction
with the Department of History of Art at York offers:

– The opportunity to be part of an energetic department top ranked for
– Specialist research expertise across a wide range of fields,
including religious art, architectural history and theory, sculpture
studies, gender and sexuality, fashion and dress, adornment, and
stained glass, with experts in periods from early medieval to
contemporary. The diversity of approaches that colleagues in the
department are developing is as varied as they are. They enter into
productive dialogue within the Department through collaboration of all
kinds, ranging from major externally financed research projects to
informal exploratory workshops.
– Opportunities to develop interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary or
transdisciplinary projects across the visual arts and with colleagues
in other departments with which we have strong links, such as History,
and English. We are eager to develop links with Theatre, Film & TV,
Computer Science & Electronics, Linguistics, Philosophy, Music,
Sociology, Women’s Studies and beyond.
– Experienced mentorship and the opportunity to develop skills and
experience of value in academia and beyond.
– A supportive and friendly working environment.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Writing Competition Deadlines:

– 2 Nov 2015: Writing competition opened
– 21 Feb 2016: Deadline for receipt of application forms and curriculum
vitae. Candidates are strongly advised to work in close collaboration
well before this date with members of faculty in the Department at York
to develop their application
– 22 Feb-7 Mar 2016: Shortlisting by faculty members at York
– 7 March 2016: Shortlisting decision confirmed and announced as soon
as possible thereafter
– 8-10 June 2016: Working Party at York. Successful candidates will be
invited to campus to work up their applications with leading art
– Early September 2016 on: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship deadlines

Application Process

The application process is simple.

Please complete the application form (HoA Postdoc Writing Application
Form (MS Word , 13kb)) and send it with your c.v. to Professor Helen
Hills ( Once we have received this, Professor
Hills will put you in touch with the most appropriate and relevant
members of faculty in the department. You are strongly encouraged to
work with them on improving your final application to be submitted
before midnight 21 February 2016.

We will select the best applicants (up to a maximum of 6), who will be
invited to campus for a Working Party (intensive two-day workshops)
8-10 June to develop their applications with leading art historians.
You will be expected to submit your application to the relevant
institution. And the best application achieved as a result of that
process – judged by us – will receive an award of £1000.

We will meet travel costs up to £200 economy fare within Europe and up
to £400 from beyond Europe. Accommodation for two nights, working lunch
and dinner will be provided at York for the Working Party.

By Meg Bernstein

Meg Bernstein is a PhD candidate in Art History at UCLA. Her thesis examines the architecture of the English parish church in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

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