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The Quentin Skinner Fellowship in Intellectual History since 1500

Created by the generosity of Professor Quentin Skinner after the award of the Balzan Prize, the Quentin Skinner Fellowship (formerly the Balzan-Skinner Fellowship) allows an early career scholar to spend a sabbatical term or semester in Cambridge in order to work on a discrete piece of research, the result of which is presented in a public lecture and symposium and will be published, subject to peer review, in the Historical Journal.

An appointment is made annually; ‘modern’ is since c. 1500, and ‘early career’ within ten years of attaining the PhD. Please note that the terms of the fellowship do not cover the cost of release from academic duties at the fellowship holder’s employing institution.  

Previous holders of the Fellowship are Dr Hannah Dawson (History and Philosophy, Edinburgh, in 2010), Dr Joel Isaac (History, Queen Mary London, in 2011), Dr Tim Stanton (Politics, York, in 2012), Dr Gabriel Paquette (History, The Johns Hopkins University, in 2013), and Dr Karuna Mantena (Political Science, Yale, in 2014), Dr Anna Becker (History, University of Basel, in 2015), and Dr Teresa Bejan (Politics, University of Oxford, in 2016).

The Quentin Skinner Fellow in 2017 will be Dr Sophie Smith (Politics, University of Oxford).  Dr Smith gained her PhD at Cambridge, following this with a Research Fellowship at Christ Church, Oxford.  She is now a University Lecturer in Politics and a Fellow of University College, Oxford.  She will lecture on the theme of 'The Nature of Politics: Political Science in early modern England'.


A major conference on this subject will take place in Christ’s College, Cambridge on 20 June 2017. Participants include Melissa Calaresu, Serena Ferente, James Hankins, Jill Kraye, Giorgio Lizzul, John Robertson, Quentin Skinner, Peter Stacey, Nicolas Stone Villani, Filippo de Vivo, and Felix Waldmann. For further details click 'Read more'.

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A major conference on this theme will be held under the auspices of the Centre for Political Thought at Clare College, Cambridge, on 10-11 May 2018. The conference will address the ways in which political philosophers have engaged with concepts of time and the evidence of history. Booking details will be available here in Sept 2017.

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