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Visiting Fellowships Applications

Due to Covid 19, social distancing and the uncertainty with travel restrictions it is with much regret that we have postponed the 2021 - 2022 visiting fellowship programme. As soon as we open up the application process again we will post updates on our social media pages. 


The Sainsbury Research Unit offers two Visiting Research Fellowships in each academic year for the study of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Normal duration is three months, coinciding with Autumn and Spring terms. Applications are welcomed from scholars of appropriate standing in such fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences as Anthropology, Art History, Archaeology, History and related disciplines.



Holders of a doctorate (or appropriate final degree) who are undertaking research for publication on the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. In exceptional cases, advanced doctoral candidates may be considered.


The fellowship stipend is approximately £396 sterling per week for 12 weeks, plus return travel costs from home to Norwich, up to a maximum of £750.


The main responsibility of Fellows is to conduct research for publication. Fellows are expected to give at least two presentations (lectures or seminars) during the fellowship period. Fellowships are normally tenable during the Autumn (September - December) and Spring (January – April) periods. The fellow must reside in Norwich during the fellowship period except for brief research trips.


The fellow is provided with an office in the Sainsbury Centre, equipped with a University networked PC and printing facilities. The fellow will also have full access to the Robert Sainsbury Library (a specialised anthropology/art history/archaeology research library of over 20,000 volumes), as well as other University facilities such as the main library (a general university collection of approximately 750,000 books and over 2,000 journal titles) and the Sports Centre. There is easy access by rail to London and Cambridge.


Two copies of the following items (1-4) should be sent by the end of November to: The Admissions Secretary, Sainsbury Research Unit, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom.

  1. Proposal: Description of the publication project or projects (1,000 words maximum), indicating progress to date and schedule for completion.
  2. Period: Please indicate the period for which the fellowship is requested (Autumn, Spring or no preference).
  3. Personal and Professional Data: Curriculum vitae, including:
    1. address and telephone number, email address and fax number;
    2. place and date of birth and citizenship;
    3. education and academic degrees with dates conferred, awards and honours;
    4. work experience;
    5. publications and field research;
    6. level of proficiency in requisite languages;
    7. names and addresses of two referees.
  4. References: Two letters of recommendation must support the application. These should be requested by the applicant and be sent directly to the Sainsbury Research Unit by the referees.

Applications will be reviewed by an external selection committee of scholars in appropriate fields. Awards should be announced by 1 February each year and must be accepted by 1 March.

Further information on the Sainsbury Research Unit, Art History and World Art Studies and the University of East Anglia is available from the Admissions Secretary: email, or telephone (01603) 592498.