Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Writing Competition 2018: £500 prize

The Department of History of Art at the University of York is delighted to announce The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Writing Competition for 2018. 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 postdoctoral research fellowship schemes such as the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, British Academy, Paul Mellon, Henry Moore Institute, and others.

The Postdoctoral 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 research.
  • 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.


  • Friday 1st December 2017: competition opens. From this date academic enquiries (such as your eligibility for any of the schemes mentioned above) can be made to Professor Helen Hills. Routine administrative enquiries (concerning such issues as downloads) should be addressed to

    Between Friday 1st December 2017 and and Monday 22 January 2018, we permit one draft of the application to be submitted (according to the instructions for the application process below and to include completed application form, project statement and CV), to which feedback will be provided by an appropriate member of academic staff. Please note that this could take the form of a Skype conversation of ca. 20 minutes or equivalent. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please clearly mark your project statement DRAFT.

  • Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 5pm: deadline for receipt of  final applications submitted to
  • February 28-March 15: shortlisting by York faculty.
  • Friday March 16th: shortlisting decisions confirmed and announced as soon as possible thereafter.
  • 14-15 May: workshop in York. Successful candidates will be invited to campus to work up their applications with leading art historians.

Application Process

The application process is simple.

Please complete the application form PDWC application form 2018 (MS Word , 121kb) and send it, with your CV and project statement, to before 5pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018. If you wish to submit a draft, for feedback by academic staff, please follow the instructions above and send it to the same address before Monday 22nd January 2018 (preferably sooner).

We will select the best applicants (up to a maximum of 6), who will be invited to campus for a Working Party (intensive residential two-day workshops) 14-15 May 2018 to develop their applications with leading art historians. You will be expected to submit your application to the relevant institution. The best application achieved as a result of that process – judged by us – will receive an award of £500.

We will meet travel costs up to £200 economy fare within Europe and up to £400 from beyond Europe. Accommodation for two nights, working lunches and dinners will be provided at York for the Writing Workshop.

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