Call for Applications

The Sir Henry Stephenson Endowment trust is recommencing its historic fellowship in Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield,—which began in the 1950s—via the appointment of a part-time non-residential Visiting Research Fellow in the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS). The start date for the position is 1 October 2021.

Fellowships are, due to the boundaries of a long-established endowment, awarded to members of the Anglican Communion and normally those in holy orders (ordained persons). Applications from non-ordained persons will also be considered. Residency in Sheffield is not required.

Fellowships will typically be awarded to support one-year individual projects (of approximately a day a week across two semesters) as a grant of £10k. Where a more substantial project is proposed, which is more time consuming (in number of years, or in the intensity of the research during a shorter time) a grant of up to £30k can be considered depending on the nature, scale and quality of the proposal.

Applications for the fellowship must propose a research project which resonates with and/or broadens the directions of SIIBS and the discipline of Biblical Studies; this means in practice a contribution which expresses research from a scholarly position which seeks to liberate, is committed to the decolonization of the discipline and which contributes to the diversification of scholarship. Projects that fit SIIBS research themes, as well as those outside the scope of current SIIBS research, will be considered.

A core element of the proposed research project is that it must be designed to communicate the outcomes in a way that is stimulating, engaging and participatory. It is expected that the Fellow will give public lectures and/or guest lectures in seminars, engage a diverse audience during the project, via social media, and that publishable material might be disseminated via SIIBS’s Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, or with the partner publisher, Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Applications are to be submitted using this form and must include:

  • an abstract description (400 words max)
  • a project description (1,200 words max)
  • a curriculum vitae with the names of three referees.

For general questions, please email Closing date 30 June 2359h UTC.