Fellowships in Victorian Studies – St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Deadline: 26 April 2020
Open to: academics from any discipline
Benefits: allowance of up to GBP 16,000


The Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College are pleased to invite applications for the 2020 and 2021 Belcher Visiting Fellowships in Victorian Studies. This non-stipendiary Fellowship was established through a legacy left to the College by the renowned Pugin scholar, Dr Margaret Belcher, who read English at St Hugh’s in the late 1950s.

The Belcher Visiting Fellowship in Victorian Studies is a fixed-term position and will be offered for a period no longer than twelve months; it is expected that the post would be held by an academic on paid research leave from another institution.


The Visiting Fellowship is open to academics from any discipline, who have obtained their doctorate, and are working in the field of Victorian Studies. It is anticipated that the Visiting Fellow’s area of interest will be related to the Victorian era or its legacy in Britain and the wider world – rather than in facets of the nineteenth century, without reference to the Victorian era.

The formal selection criteria for the post are as follows:
1. A proven record of ability to produce work of international standing within the candidate’s field of research.
2. An established publication history.

The qualities that we are therefore seeking include:
1. The ability to bring advanced research projects to fruition; excellent presentation skills; the ability to contribute to a research community.
2. Sympathy with the nature and aims of St Hugh’s College and the University of Oxford and willingness to participate in the life of the College.


For a year’s appointment, the Belcher Visiting Fellow will receive a subsistence allowance of up to GBP 16,000; research expenses (currently up to GBP 1,665); relocation expenses up to GBP 4,000; travel expenses up to GBP 3,000; as well as an allowance of up to GBP 2,000 to facilitate academic events in College during the Fellowship. The expense allowances would be made available pro-rata for those taking the post for fewer than three terms.

How to Apply?

Applications should be sent by email to the Academic Administrator, Miss Adams (college.office@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk), by Noon on Sunday 26th April 2020. Applications should be in the form of a single PDF comprising:

1. a covering letter, including proposed dates of tenure
2. a full curriculum vitae, including principal publications
3. a proposal for the Visiting Fellowship (not more than one A4 side)
4. the details of two referees

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a sample (not more than 6,000 words) of their written work, published or unpublished; an extract from a longer piece or an abridgement will be acceptable. Referees of shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit references directly to the Academic Administrator (college.office@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk). If interviews are to be held, they will be in the week commencing 18th May.

For more information, please visit the official web page.

E-Mail: Queries about the post may be addressed in the first instance to the Senior Tutor, Professor Westbrook (roy.westbrook@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk).