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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.

To apply for the Quentin Skinner Fellowship 2019-20 click here.

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), Dr Teresa Bejan (Politics, University of Oxford, in 2016), D. Sophie Smith (Politics, University of Oxford, in 2017) and Dr Avi Lifschitz (History, University of Oxford, in 2018).

The Quentin Skinner Fellow in 2019 will be Dr Emma Hunter. Dr Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (2008). Before moving to Edinburgh, she was a Fellow and Lecturer in History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Her research interests include the intellectual history of twentieth-century Africa and the history of African print cultures. Her first book, Political Thought and the Public Sphere in Tanzania: Freedom, Democracy and Citizenship in the Era of Decolonization, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, is an intellectual and political history of African decolonization which explores the ways in which universal questions of political theory were argued over in a specific context in a time of dramatic political change. It was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize in 2016. Other recent publications include ‘Languages of Freedom in Decolonising Africa', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (2017); Citizenship, Belonging and Political Community in Africa: Dialogues between Past and Present, published by Ohio University Press in 2016; and, with Derek Peterson and Stephanie Newell, African Print Cultures: Newspapers and their Publics in the Twentieth Century, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2016.