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School of Arts Research Fellowships

The School of Arts is committed to supporting postdoctoral and early career fellowships. We consider eligible applications from suitable PhD students and early career researchers of postdoctoral standing, whether or not they have a current affiliation with Birkbeck.

See a list of current research students in the School of Arts; English, Theatre and Creative WritingDepartment of Languages, Cultures and Applied LinguisticsFilm, Media and Cultural Studies and History of Art.

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  • Like research fellows, the School of Arts offers honorary research fellowships to academics who contribute to research within our departments. Honorary Research Fellows should have a rich body of research or expertise within their field and should be active in disseminating findings through publications and conferences.
  • How to apply or renew
    • Applications will open on 3 April 2023 and close on 2 June 2023.
    • Please contact for an application form.
    • The School's Research Committee will discuss any fellowship applications and renewals.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

  • The School of Arts is pleased to support applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships in specific subject areas, which will be published in due course. 
  • If you are interested in applying, please contact the Research Director of the department you are planning to work with. 

Venice Biennale Fellowship 2022

  • Open to all within the School of Arts, this is an exciting opportunity for creative individuals, students, researchers, artists and professionals at the start of their careers, to spend a month in Venice during the world’s most important art biennale.
  • This is a second call for applications for the two School of Art’s Venice Fellowships at the Venice Art Biennale 2022, running between 23 April and 27 November 2022. The value of the award attached to the Fellowship has increased to £3,000. If you have already applied for the 2022 Venice Fellowship during the first round, there is no need for you to re-apply. If you are successful, your award will be £3,000. 
  • As part of the programme, fellows will gain a full month of exhibition work experience inside the British Pavilion. The requested time committed will be of approx. 24h per week (not including travel to/from the pavilion) during the period of one month. During the remaining time the fellows will focus on their own research project.
  • The research aspect of the Fellowship is intended to enrich the British Pavilion exhibition and Biennale through academic and creative responses. For these reasons research ideas should be connected in some way to the Venice Biennale, the 59th Art Biennale, the British Pavilion and/or Sonia Boyce artworks themes. Fellows must also work in collaboration with any other individual/institution/organisation/department besides their own, and bring a local community building aspect engagement, so that fellow could share back, feed in or contribute to it when back in the UK.
  • Successful applicants will be responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements after receiving their grant from British Council, grant total will be £3,000 to cover flight costs, travel and medical insurance, visa costs (if needed), accommodation and living costs while in Venice for the full month, and project development costs, as follows:
    • Return travel from UK to Venice £200
    • Accommodation allowance (one month) £900
    • Expenses (one month) £1,700
    • Travel insurance and COVID testing £150
    • Contribution to materials/media £50
    • Total £3,000
  • How to apply: Please read our application guidelines, and complete the application form. For any queries, contact 
  • Please send applications to 
  • Deadline: Applications are due by Friday 3 December 2021. is