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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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ASSOCIATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

  • The School of Arts offers a limited number of Associate Research Fellow affiliations to early career researchers who have recently finished their PhD at Birkbeck. Fellowships will normally last one academic year and selection of fellows will be based on the applicants’ plans to contribute to the research environment of the School, its Research Centres, interest, and priorities.
  • How to apply or renew
    • Applications will open on 4 April 2022 and close on 16 May 2022.
    • Applicants must submit a 500 word statement to , explaining current research, the synergy with the department and/or research centre, and what kinds of research activities the fellow will be involved with.
    • The School's Research Committee will discuss any fellowship applications and renewals.

HONORARY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

  • 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
  • Has a significant reputation in the field of research/expertise and may be active in disseminating findings through publications and conferences.

  • How to apply or renew
    • Applications will open on 4 April 2022 and close on 16 May 2022.
    • Applicants must submit a 500 word statement to , explaining current research, the synergy with the department and/or research centre, and what kinds of research activities the fellow will be involved with.
    • The School's Research Committee will discuss any fellowship applications and renewals.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships in the Department of English

  • The Department of English, Theatre, and Creative Writing is pleased to support applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships in the following strategic research areas:  

    • Environmental Humanities 
    • Gender and Sexuality Studies 
    • Medical Humanities
    • Theatre 
    • Transnational Media Cultures and Literatures
  • If you are interested in applying, please contact the Department Research Director, , who will help you identify and contact a mentor.

    The process of selection starts with a preliminary departmental panel, which will select up to five applications to put forward to the College panel. Selected candidates will have approximately one week to revise their proposals in light of the departmental panel's feedback before submitting to the College panel, who will decide which applications the College will submit to the Leverhulme Trust.

    Department deadline: Friday 10 December 2021, 5pm

    The application including the applicant's CV, proforma, and the mentor's support statement should be emailed to the following people: Departmental Director of Research (DDR: ), Head of Department (), and the School Research Manager (). 

    The Departmental panel chaired by the DDR will meet in the week commencing 13 December 2021, to select and rank a maximum of five applications against the strategic research areas, communicate with selected and rejected candidates and mentors, and submit departmental ranking to the college panel by 23 December 2021.

    College Panel Deadline for selected applicants: Thursday 23 December 2021, 6pm

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. 

  • Venice Fellowship at the Venice Biennale 2022
    • 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.
    • 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

    • Applications are due by Friday 3rd December 2021

    • Please send them applications to 

    • How to apply: Please see this PDF for guidelines on how to apply and for further information, and complete this application form. For any queries, contact