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Visiting fellowships

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) welcomes applications to join the Institute as a Visiting Research Fellow. We invite applications from established researchers based outside the UK whose focus is relevant to the BIH mission. Fellowship applications must be made in conjunction with a host school and named academic within Birkbeck.

BIH Visiting Research Fellowships are from a minimum of four weeks up to a maximum of twelve weeks. In collaboration with the BIH and colleagues within the College, Visiting Fellows organise at least one public event, seminar or workshop during their time at the College, and provide a blog post about their experiences.

Fellows are given a stipend of up to £1,000 per month, plus office space and library access for the duration of their stay. The BIH can host one fellow per term over the course of each academic year.

Successful applicants should check any visa requirements for their stay before travelling via Birkbeck resources, or on the UK Government website.

Please  if you have any questions.


  • During 2020, applications for fellowships have been suspended. Fellows agreed for this year will become BIH Visiting Fellows for 2020-2021. Future applications will be welcome from the Spring.
  • International researchers interested in applying for a fellowship should, in the first instance, identify which members of staff they would like to work with during their proposed fellowship and contact them to ascertain if they are willing to act as nominator for the application. Staff research interests and relevant email addresses are available on individual staff profiles. Each application requires at least one academic from Birkbeck as a nominator who will be asked to provide a written statement in support of the application. 
  • As fellowships must take place during term time, you are advised to check term dates for upcoming academic years.
  • Once a nominator has been agreed, applicants should ; this can be completed electronically and passed to the supporting Birkbeck staff member who will add their statement before sending it along with the applicant's one-page CV to BIH. Applications will be considered by the BIH steering group at termly meetings from Spring 2021 onwards. 


  • Professor Yasmin İnceoğlu, Emeritus Professor 
  • Professor Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges 
  • Dr Samuel Dorf, University of Dayton


  • Professor Valentina Napolitano, University of Toronto (2019-20)
  • Dr Khalid Hassan, Central University of Kashmir (2019-20)
  • Professor Claire Zimmerman, University of Michigan (2019-20)
  • Professor Joseph Slaughter, Columbia University (2018-19)
  • Dr Jessica Whyte, University of New South Wales (2018-19)
  • Dr Michael Sappol, Uppsala University (2018-19)
  • Professor Brigitte Marin, Aix-Marseilles University (2018-19)
  • Professor Rekha Pande, University of Hyderabad (2018-19)
  • Professor Sondra Cuban, Western Washington University (2018-19)
  • Professor Victoria Haskins, University of Newcastle Australia (2017-18)
  • Dr Gaia Guliani, University of Coimbra (2017-18)
  • Dr Daniel Matthews, University of Hong Kong (2017-18)
  • Dr Calogero Giametta, Aix-Marseille University (2016-17)
  • Professor Swati Chattopadhyay, University of California, Santa Barbara (2016-17)
  • Dr Molly Murray, Columbia University (2016-17)
  • Dr Gavin Keeney, independent artist and scholar (2016-17)
  • Dr Iris Borowy, (2015-16)
  • Dr Jennifer Tucker (2015-16)
  • Dr Tara Atluri (2015-16)
  • Dr Elena Tzelepis (2015-16)
  • Professor Amy Mazur, Washington State University (2014-15)
  • Dr Chris Boge, University of Cologne (2014-15)
  • Professor Gayatri Chatterjee, independent scholar (2014-15)
  • Larry Sider, sound designer, recordist and film editor (2013-14)
  • Dr Rika Benveniste, University of Thessaly (2013-14)
  • Dr Andrew Gorman-Murray, Western Sydney University (2013-14)
  • Professor Meltem Ahiska, Boğaziçi University (2013-14)
  • Professor Ravi Vasudevan, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (2013-14)
  • Dr Rachael Wiseman, University of Liverpool (2012-13)
  • Professor Barbara Villez, Université Paris 8 (2012-13)
  • Dr Patricia Vieira, Georgetown University (2012-13)
  • Professor Morris Kaplan, Purchase College (2011-12)
  • Professor Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania (2011-12)
  • Professor Sonya O Rose, University of Michigan (2011-12)
  • Dr Leif Dahlberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (2011-12)
  • Dr Iain Boalmorr, social historian of science and technics, (2010-11)
  • Professor Peter Burke, University of Cambridge (2010-11)
  • Professor Jane Bennett, Johns Hopkins University (2010-11)
  • Professor Geoff Eley, University of Michigan (2010-11)
  • Professor Denise Riley, University of East Anglia (2010-11)
  • Professor Petar Bojanic, Institute of Philosophy Belgrade (2007-2009)
  • Professor Melissa Moyer, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2007-2009)
  • Dr Ward Jones, Rhodes University (2007-2009)
  • Sarah Dunant, writer, broadcaster and critic (2007-2009)
  • Dr Istar Gozaydin, Istannbul Technical University (2007-2009)
  • Professor Stephanos Stephanides, University of Cyprus (2007-2009)
  • Dr Eluned Summers-Bremner, University of Auckland (2007-2009)
  • Professor Sonia Kruks, Oberlin College (2007-2009)
  • Dr Andrew McKinnon, theatre maker and writer (2007-2009)
  • Dr Denise Arnold, Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara (ILCA), (2007-2009)


  • The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) periodically appoints Honorary Fellows who are invited to spend up to a year at Birkbeck. Honorary Fellows have access to the College library and facilities, although they do not receive a stipend. 
  • Nominations for the Honorary Fellowship programme must be presented to the BIH Steering Committee by an academic member of staff from Birkbeck. Individuals interested in appointment to this programme should, in the first instance, contact the member of academic staff they would like to work with.
  • Proposals should be  by the Birkbeck staff member.


  • Professor T.J Clarke, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley (2017-19)
  • Professor Carlo Ginzburg, Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies, UCLA (2015-16)
  • Dr Priscila Vieira de Matos (2014-15)
  • Professor Michael Allen, Emeritus Professor of English, UCLA, (2013-14)
  • Professor Moira Gatens (2012-13)
  • Jaco Barnard-Naudé (2012-13)
  • Bethania Assy (2012-13)


  • BIH has previously offered collaborative Fellowships in partnership with other institutions.
  • The Birkbeck Fellowship Scheme + British Psychoanalytical Society
    • The Birkbeck Fellowship Scheme + British Psychoanalytical Society (2009-2013) offered a distinguished psychoanalyst, nominated jointly by Birkbeck, University of London, and the British Psychoanalytical Society, to hold a fractional appointment as a Visiting Fellow at the College. 
    • Dr David Bell was Visiting Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London from 2012 to 2013. He is a past president of the British Psychoanalytic Society, and currently a consultant psychiatrist in the Adult Department of the Tavistock and Portman where he directs a specialist unit for serious/enduring complex disorders. 
    • Dr Rosine Jozef Perelberg was Visiting Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London from 2011 to 2012. She is a Training and Supervisor Analyst, a Fellow and President of the British Psycho-Analytical Society. She is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, Corresponding Member of the Société Psychanalytique de Paris and one of the Founding Members of the Institute of Family Therapy, London.
    • Gregorio Kohon was Visiting Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London from 2010 to 2011. He is a psychoanalyst at the British Psycho-Analytical Society and co-founder of the Brisbane Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. Gregorio Kohon is also a poet and novelist.
    • Ignês Sodré was the first Visiting Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London from 2009 to 2010. She is a Fellow and a Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and has taught extensively in London and abroad. She has published many papers on psychoanalysis and on literature; as well as two books.