International Research Fellowships in Critical Digital and Social Media Studies

Deadline: 28 October 2016
Open to: current and future research leaders holding a PhD at the time of application
Fellowship: a scholarship of £7,500 (minus taxes) for a period of a three months, airfare to and from London, the opportunity for independent, critical research, office space and access to the university’s library


The Research Fellowship Programme is one of the key features of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies’ (WIAS) and it attracts and brings together current and future academic leaders. It enables fellows to undertake independent and collaborative research on original topics in a stimulating academic environment in London.

Applications for fellowship research projects in the field of critical social and digital media research for the duration of 3 months are currently being accepted.  Possible start dates are all dates between 9 January and 1 May 2017.

During their stay, fellows undertake, develop, disseminate and present original, independent and critical individual research. Priority will be given to well-defined projects that result in published research outputs and demonstrate benefits for the applicant, her/his university and the University of Westminster’s research interests.


  • The WIAS’ Critical Digital and Social Media Studies Fellowship Programme is aimed at current and future research leaders;
  • All applicants are required to hold a PhD at the time of application;
  • For applicants whose nationality is from outside of the EEA as a UK University we will need to establish your right to be able to reside and undertake your research with us in the UK.


WIAS International Research Fellows enjoy the following benefits:

  • A scholarship of £7,500 (minus taxes) for a period of a three months stay at the WIAS for covering visa costs accommodation and subsistence in London;
  • The opportunity for independent, critical research in an inspiring academic environment;
  • The WIAS Colloquium allows research fellows to present their work to the academic and extra-academic public;
  • Each WIAS International research fellow produces and publishes as part of his/her fellowship project one paper in the WIAS Research Paper Series Westminster Advanced Studies in order to disseminate new knowledge;
  • Publishing at least one paper in a peer-reviewed academic journal as a result of research undertaken during the fellowship;
  • Airfare to and from London paid by WIAS;
  • Office space, and access to the university’s library and IT services.

How to apply?

You need to complete a fellowship application form and submit it together with your full CV, your full publication list, and a digital version of what you consider your one best and most relevant academic publication that stands in the context of the suggested fellowship project (in the case of monographs, please include the introduction and select what you consider to be the book’s most important chapter). 

For more information please visit the official web page.

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