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The APA sponsors one visiting research fellowship per year at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. There is no funding associated with this award but the APA fellow has a private office in the Institute, is a member of the Institute's lively research community, and has full borrowing rights at Edinburgh University Library. The fellowship is for a period of two to six months. Applicants must be members of the APA.

No limitation is placed on the area of research within the humanities and social sciences, but priority will be given to those whose work falls within the scope of one of the Institute's research strands:

  • Theory, Practice and Performance
  • Enlightenment
  • The University and the Wider World
  • The Human and the Environment

Information about the research strands and the associated themes, projects and events, can be found on the Institute's website.

About the Institute

Photo of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the HumanitiesThe Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1970 to promote enquiry of the highest standards in the Humanities, broadly conceived, and is both nationally and internationally renowned. It was the first interdisciplinary research institute in the United Kingdom and since its foundation over 900 scholars from 62 countries have held Fellowships.

IASH has a great deal to offer visiting philosophers. Fellows enjoy quiet facilities conducive to contemplative research that are nonetheless located in the centre of the university and indeed in the heart of a historic city, steeped in the history of the Scottish Enlightenment and home to many distinguished figures from the history of philosophy, including not only David Hume, but also Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, Sir William Hamilton, and, more recently, John Macmurray, A.E. Taylor, Norman Kemp Smith, W. H. Walsh, and T.L.S. Sprigge. Professor Sprigge's philosophical library is housed in the Institute and is a valuable resource for researchers. The Philosophy department at Edinburgh excels in philosophy of mind and cognition and has major strengths in ancient and early modern philosophy, ethics and epistemology and members of the department maintain close collaborations with academics in, for instance, Edinburgh's School of Informatics, Psychology, History, and Classics.

The Institute is housed in a secluded 18th Century courtyard close to the University Library, where Fellows have full borrowing rights and access to the library's unusually rich collection of manuscripts and rare books. It is also within easy reach of the National Library of Scotland, the Central City Library, the National Galleries and Museums, the Library of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland, the Library of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the National Archives of Scotland. About 20 scholars can be accommodated in the Institute at any one time and each has a private office with a computer, telephone and internet access. All Fellows give at least one seminar on their research and are expected to play a full part in the Institute's activities which include a weekly Fellows' lunch and a full programme of seminars and scholarly events linked to the Institute's current research themes. The Institute maintains close links with all academic Schools within the University of Edinburgh's College of Humanities and Social Science, including the Schools of Arts, Culture and Environment; Divinity; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literature, Languages and Cultures; and Social and Political Science, as well as the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Fellows are encouraged to develop contacts with appropriate Faculty within the College.

Notes for Guidance

1. Candidates for fellowships will normally hold a doctorate. Consideration will be given to the academic record and the publications of all applicants and their capacity to disseminate their views among a community of like-minded people. Candidates should give evidence of any contact they have made with researchers at the University of Edinburgh, and of proposed collaboration during their visit to Edinburgh; those who do make such contact before submitting their applications will be at an advantage.

2. The Institute encourages inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary study. All applications should state clearly the relationship of the proposed scheme of work to one or more of the current research themes of the Institute.

3. Fellows are expected to be resident in Edinburgh throughout the tenure of their fellowship and to play a full part in the activities of the Institute. The Institute will be pleased to help with finding suitable accommodation in Edinburgh. The minimum tenure for a fellowship is two months; applications for less than two months will not be considered.

4. No regular teaching is required but fellows usually give at least one seminar on their current research work.

Application Procedures

Candidates should apply to the APA with a description of the project to be pursued at the Institute and a curriculum vitae. Two letters of recommendation are required. Letter writers should send a PDF copy of the letter of recommendation to [email protected]. The deadline to submit applications for the 2017-2018 academic year is December 15, 2016. Letters of recommendation must also be received by the application deadline of December 15, 2016. The APA will then forward a nomination to the director of the Institute.

All material must be submitted as a single PDF file.

Only members may submit applications; please sign in to access the application form.

To submit an application, fill out the application form.

Previous Fellows

2016-2017

None

2015-2016

Christopher Mole (University of British Columbia) 

2014-2015

Thomas Williams (University of South Florida)

2013-2014

Leemon McHenry (California State University Northridge)

2012-2013

None

2011-2012

None

2010-2011

Paul O. Nnodim (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts)

2009-2010

Leemon McHenry (California State University Northridge)

2003-2004

Allan B├Ąck (Kutztown University)

1998-1999

Thomas Olshewsky

1995-1996

Samuel Fleischacker

 

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