The David Hume Fellowship

Applications are currently closed.

The Fellowship David Hume Fellowship is for 3-6 months in the academic year 2016-17. The David Hume Fellow will be an established scholar in any aspect of Hume studies. The Fellowship, which will be offered annually for five years, is intended to provide an opportunity for scholars to come to Edinburgh to work on the important Hume resources available in the city’s libraries and archives. The successful applicant will be expected to be in residence in Edinburgh for the duration of the Fellowship and to participate fully in IASH activities.

The fellowship provides a bursary of up to £10,000 towards travel and accommodation. We are grateful to The Hume Society, the Scots Philosophical Association and to IASH Fellows and supporters who have made it possible for us to offer this Fellowship.

The Institute is housed in an 18th century courtyard close to the University Library and about 20 scholars are in residence at any time. Fellows are allocated a private office in the Institute with all the usual research facilities. They are also encouraged to develop contacts with colleagues within the College of Humanities and Social Science. They give at least one seminar on their current research work during their tenure.

Application procedure

The closing date

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 28 February 2016. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Successful candidates will be notified by email by the end of April with a formal letter of confirmation to follow; please ensure that you supply a valid email address so that you can be contacted quickly after decisions are made.

The application form

We are still finalising our application forms. Please do check back, we are hoping to have this ready for you very soon.

References:

  • A minimum of two and a maximum of three confidential references are required.
  • Applicants should ask their referees to email their reference to the Director at iash@ed.ac.uk by 28 February 2016.
  • At least one referee should come from outside the institution of the applicant. Referees should comment on the nature and quality of the research proposal, as well as on the qualifications of the applicant.

Notes for guidance

  • The Institute was established in 1970 to promote enquiry of the highest standards in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary study is encouraged.
  • Candidates will hold a doctorate or equivalent professional qualification. 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. Competition for Fellowships is intense and preference may be given to applicants who have not previously held a Fellowship at the Institute or an equivalent institution.
  • 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 but is unable to pay accommodation costs.
  • No regular teaching is required but Fellows will give at least one seminar at IASH on their current research work and may be asked to speak to an appropriate subject group within the College of Humanities and Social Science.
  • The Institute is close to the University Library and 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. Access to both the extensive archival and online resources of all of these collections can be arranged for Fellows as appropriate.
  • Only fully completed applications will be considered. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that all documentation is complete, and that referees submit their reports to the Institute by the closing date. Applications may include a copy of any one article or publication that is thought to be specially relevant to the research proposal and Fellowship submission.