Solmsen Fellowships, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Solmsen Fellowships

Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Application deadline: 1st November 2016

Through a generous bequest from Friedrich and Lieselotte Solmsen, the Institute offers five to six Solmsen Fellowships each year to scholars outside UW-Madison working in the humanities on European history and culture in the classical, medieval, and/or early modern periods before 1700. Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the academic year (except for short research trips, lectures, conferences, etc.) and may extend their residency through the following summer on a non-stipendary basis. Fellows are expected to present their work at an Institute seminar and participate in the weekly seminars. Applicants must be in possession of the doctorate at the time of application. For the 2017-2018 fellowship year, the award provides a stipend of $55,000, office space, support services, and access to all university facilities.

Applications are due November 1. Notification of awards will be in mid to late March.

For more information and to apply, click here.


Teaching Fellow, University of Leicester

Teaching Fellow in Late Medieval European History (SAH01259)

University of Leicester

Application deadline: midnight 25th August 2016

In this position you will undertake undergraduate and MA teaching in medieval European history, delivering a number of modules, including a Special Subject on an aspect of Crusading. You will also carry out administration and other activities that contribute to and support the work and enhance the reputation of the School.

You will have a completed, or nearly completed, PhD or equivalent in medieval history, and preferably have some expertise in the history of the Crusades. You will have experience of teaching undergraduate and/or postgraduate students in lectures, tutorials or seminars.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Prof Norman Housley, 0116 252 2801 or email

For more information and to apply, click here.

Visiting Scholars Program, Harvard University

Visiting Scholars Program

Harvard University

Application deadline: various deadlines

In order to promote scholarly research, exchange, and conversation about the medieval world, the Committee on Medieval Studies welcomes a small number of Visiting Scholars each academic year. Visiting Scholars may work in any field dealing with some aspect of medieval society, religion, or culture in Europe, Africa, or Eurasia, and are welcomed as full members of Harvard’s rich intellectual and social community of medievalists.

Visiting Scholars may be appointed to terms ranging from three to six months. They enjoy full access to Harvard libraries and many other university facilities, an email account, and shared office space during the period of their appointment. They are expected to be engaged in research projects that draw upon Harvard’s manuscript, library, and other resources; to remain in residence in the Cambridge/Boston area during their appointment; to participate fully in the seminars, colloquia, and other activities of the Committee on Medieval Studies; and to share the results of their research in a seminar or other public venue.

Please note that these are unpaid research positions. Visiting Scholars are responsible for providing their own funding and securing their own accommodations during the term of their appointment. Researchers who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must obtain a visa to enter the U.S., and must demonstrate that they will be able to support themselves and any dependents traveling with them for the duration of their visit. All applicants must have received the Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree in their field, before the date on which they plan to begin their term as visiting scholars at Harvard.

Those wishing to apply to the Medieval Studies Visiting Scholar Program should submit a dossier containing the following:

  1. Application form
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. A short research proposal (no more than 750 words)
  4. Two letters of recommendation (sent by recommenders under separate cover); one of these must come from a Harvard faculty member familiar with the applicant and the applicant’s work.

Applications are accepted twice yearly. Those expecting to hold a visiting position at Harvard in Spring 2017 must submit all materials no later than 10 September 2016; those applying for Fall 2017 should submit applications by 10 February 2017. Materials may be submitted electronically to (with the subject line “Visiting Scholar Application”), or by regular mail to:

Visiting Scholar Program
Committee on Medieval Studies
Barker Center 120
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Departmental Lecturer in Early Medieval History, University of Oxford

Part-time Departmental Lecturer in Early Medieval History (123980)

University of Oxford

Application deadline: 22nd July 2016

We are seeking a part-time Departmental Lecturer in Early Medieval History, tenable from 1 October 2016 for a fixed-term of 1 year. This post is offered by the History Faculty in association with Balliol College and Brasenose College.

Applications are invited from scholars with active research and teaching interests in any area of Early Medieval History. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability and willingness to give tutorials, lectures, classes and supervision at both undergraduate and graduate level across a range of papers in Early Medieval History. The Lecturer will also be required to undertake examining and administrative work, and will engage in advanced study and original research in Early Medieval History.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in a relevant field or show evidence that a doctorate is imminently expected. S/he will have a strong research record and a record of successful teaching within the field, the ability to teach and lecture at an appropriate level in an interesting and engaging manner for both undergraduate and graduate students, and a willingness to undertake examining and administrative duties.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Intern, British Library

Intern in Ancient Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts (00869)

British Library

Application deadline: 15th July 2016

Full Time (36 hours per week over 5 days)

Fixed Term for 9 months

Start date in October 2016

Thanks to external funding, the British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a post-graduate or post-doctoral student in History, Art History, Medieval Language or Literature or other relevant subject.

The primary focus of the internship will be to enhance our Explore Archives and Manuscripts online catalogue, by creating catalogue entries for medieval manuscripts from the Harley collection. In addition, the intern will be involved in all aspects of the work of the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section, including responding to enquiries, providing talks for students and patrons, selecting and presenting manuscripts for display in our exhibition gallery, and cataloguing, thereby gaining insight into various curatorial duties and aspects of collection care. During the internship at the Library, the intern will enjoy privileged access to printed and manuscript research material, and will work alongside specialists with wide-ranging and varied expertise.

This internship is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to develop research skills and expertise in medieval history and manuscripts, and in presenting manuscripts to a range of audiences. Previous interns have given feedback that they felt a valued member of the team, gained professional confidence and developed their career by carrying out a ‘real’ job with specific duties.

The programme is only open to students who are engaged actively in research towards, or have recently completed a PhD in a subject area relevant to the study of medieval manuscripts and who have a right to work in the UK full time.

The term of internship is full time (36 hours per week over 5 days) for 9 months. The salary is £9.40 per hour, which is the current London Living Wage. The internship will start in October 2016 or as soon as relevant security checks have been completed.

Applicants are asked to include answers to the following questions within their Supporting Statement:

  1. Please give examples of your experience in cataloguing medieval manuscripts.
  2. Please provide examples of your experience in writing about your research for a general audience.

Closing Date: 15 July 2016

Interviews will be held on 16 August 2016. The selection process may include questions about the date and origin of a particular manuscript to be shown at the interview.

For more information and to apply, click here.

4 PhD-scholarships, Universitetet i Bergen

4 PhD-scholarships in Medieval Studies (16/5193)

Universitetet i Bergen

Application deadline: 1st August 2016

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bergen is pleased to announce 4 PhD-scholarships in Medieval Studies available from 1 January 2017.

The announcement is part of the strategic work of the Faculty to develop Medieval Studies as a strong and broad area of research at the University of Bergen. For the same reason, the Faculty envisages a broadly composed group of PhD candidates representing a range of disciplines. Applicants should propose research projects that have relevance for the study of the Middle Ages in Northern Europe, though their main focus may lie elsewhere. The project should be within one of the disciplines or fields of study in the Faculty where Medieval topics are covered and a supervisor is available.

To be qualified for the scholarship, applicants must have the equivalent of a Norwegian MA degree (i.e. 3 years bachelor and 2 years master, 300 ECTS altogether) that is relevant for the PhD project. The degree must have been obtained at the time of the application.

In the ranking of the applicants the following criteria will be applied

  • the quality and significance of the research project
  • the applicant’s academic qualifications and training

In the ranking of similarly qualified applicants, strategic considerations will be given weight. There will be emphasis on personal characteristics such as the ability to work independently and structured and have good cooperation skills.


Salary will be in accordance with level 50 (code 1017/20.8) on the Norwegian government salary scale, currently NOK 430.200 – gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.

A compulsory 2% contribution to the State Pension Fund (Statens pensjonskasse) will be deducted from gross salary.

About the research training

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

About the positions

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.

The successful applicants will be expected to relocate to the University of Bergen and conform to the regulations that apply to the positions.

Further information about these fellowships can be obtained from the Vice Dean Einar Thommassen, tel. +47 55 58 24 50, e-mail:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant will be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Nominated candidates will be invited to an interview.

How to apply for the job

Please apply electronically via the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The following information must be enclosed (please upload in pdf or word format):

  1. Dissertation proposal (max 5 pages, excluding bibliography)
  2. A time schedule for the completion of your project
  3. Bibliography
  4. A short summary of the master thesis (max 3 pages). If your master’s degree is not from a Norwegian university you may be asked to send us the complete master thesis.
  5. List of academic publications (if any)
  6. Copies of higher education certificates and diplomas
  7. Name and contact details of two referees, one of whom must be the main supervisor from the master thesis or equivalent paper.
  8. Name of the main supervisor for the PhD project

All documents must be in Word or pdf-format. Copies of higher education certificates and diplomas must be accompanied by a translation into English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish if not written in any of these languages. Translations of diplomas and academic work must be received by the department within the application deadline.

Applicants are asked to follow the steps as described in the Guidelines for electronic applications at the Faculty of Humanities.

Any queries or problems concerning the electronic application procedure should be directed to the Faculty of Humanities by e-mail:

Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London

Lecturer A in Medieval History and Archaeology

Birkbeck, University of London

Application deadline: 8th June 2016

  • Reference Number: 11878
  • Location: London, Bloomsbury
  • School/Department: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Position Type: Fixed term
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Salary from/to: 36150 – 36150

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology invites applications for a fixed-term Lectureship in Medieval History and Archaeology. Scholars working on any aspect of medieval history and archaeology c. 600 – c. 1400 will be considered. Applicants should ideally have completed a PhD or equivalent qualification in History or Archaeology and a publication record that shows clear evidence of research excellence and outstanding potential to contribute to the Department’s commitment to research-led teaching.

Experience of lecturing and conducting seminars at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is particularly desirable, and experience in the supervision of postgraduate dissertation research is also preferred. The appointee will have to demonstrate clear ability to contribute to the Department’s BA teaching, to lead the Group 2 module ‘Living in the Middle Ages’ and to offer specialised modules in area of expertise.

The successful applicant will take responsibility for organization, supervision and teaching of medieval history and archaeology at undergraduate and postgraduate level; supervise postgraduate students; engage in scholarly research and publication; and participate in Departmental and School administration as required.

Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and an application form in which they outline their research interests and teaching experience. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit a proposal for a one-term MA option. Full details of our courses can be found at:

About the Department

Birkbeck’s Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA) has a long and distinguished record as a centre of research and teaching excellence. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, HCA was ranked seventh among all History departments in Britain (Times Higher Education research intensity table), with 85% of its research portfolio deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

For further information about the department, please visit:

Further Information

Salary: Grade 7, spinal point 31 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £36,150 per annum.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and fixed term for 12 months. The salary quoted above is on the College’s London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. This appointment will be on the first point of the scale. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 12 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on Wednesday 8 June 2016.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016.

For further information on this opportunity contact Dr Frederick Anscombe, Assistant Dean (Email: Tel: 0207 631 6272). A link to the PDF document containing the job description and person specification is below.

Birkbeck is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of their sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. Birkbeck is a member of the ‘positive about disability’ two ticks scheme and guarantees to interview all candidates who meet the essential criteria for the post.

For more details or to apply, click here.