2021 Visiting Fellows working in the Upper Reading Room

From 2007-2017, Chawton House offered a competitive Visiting Fellowship programme in partnership with the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton, building up a community of scholars across the globe and supporting world-class research. However, changes to the funding structure of Chawton House led to the suspension of the programme to allow for a strategic reshaping of the organisation, ensuring it could become self-sustaining.

In August 2021, we piloted a new summer Fellowship programme aimed specifically at early career researchers, awarding three residential Fellowships. Below, the Fellows share some of the research they undertook during their time at Chawton House, and talk about the experience of being onsite.


Since 2021, we have continued to offer Fellowships for 2 or 3 cohorts each year, aimed primarily at postgraduate or early career researchers (within 5 years of PhD) working on women’s writing of the long eighteenth century. These fellowships were made possible by support from the Ardeola Charitable Trust.

2024 applications for Fellowships in August and November are now closed.

In 2024, we are delighted to be able to offer 2 British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS) Fellowships, alongside 4 general Visiting Fellowships for research into women writers of the long eighteenth century. Fellowships have also been made possible by the continued support of the Ardeola Charitable Trust.

Read about our 6 Visiting Fellows for 2024 and their research here.

Previous Fellows

2023 Fellows

2022 Fellows

2021 Fellows

Please direct general questions about Fellowships to Dr Kim Simpson: kim.simpson@chawtonhouse.org