Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships 2019-20 at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships, established in 2000 through generous funding from Lord Sainsbury of Turville, are designed to strengthen academic ties with Japanese studies programmes in Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania and the USA. The Fellowships provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project.

The Institute is offering several Fellowships of either six months or one year to scholars who have received a PhD in any area of Japanese culture. Preference will be given to applicants working in the fields of visual studies, including but not limited to history of art, cultural heritage, archaeology, architecture, film studies and digital humanities. Preference will also be given to Early Career Researchers, defined by the AHRC as “within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment”.

One-year Fellowships are preferred and will commence in September 2019 with a value of £24,000.

If applying for a six-month Fellowship, please state the preferred start date in your application. This may be subject to negotiation. The six-month Fellowship carries a value of £12,000.

Previous Robert and Lisa Sainsbury fellows have contributed to the Third Thursday lectures at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. In London, they have contributed to the Japan Research Centre Seminar Series at SOAS. Fellows will also be encouraged to organise a symposium in Norwich towards the end of their stay.

Fellows are required to have a good level of spoken and written English.

The appointed fellows will be given shared office space in Norwich and are expected to live in Norwich during their appointment.

Read the end of the call for application on the Sainsbury Institute site.


Cecile Laly

CREOPS (Université Paris-Sorbonne), International Research Center for Japanese Studies

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