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Cambridge Centre for Political Thought


Created by the generosity of Professor Quentin Skinner after the award of the Balzan Prize, the Quentin Skinner Lectureship (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. Read more.

Applications for the Quentin Skinner Lectureship 2020-21 are now closed.

Previous holders of the Lectureship 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); 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); Dr Sophie Smith (Politics, University of Oxford, in 2017); Dr Avi Lifschitz (History, University of Oxford, in 2018); and Dr Emma Hunter (History, University of Edinburgh, in 2019).