AHGBI-WISPS Dorothy Sherman-Severin Research Fellowship

*** New Announcement July 2022

The AHGBI-WiSPS joint panel for this year’s Dorothy Sherman Severin Research Fellowship for Early Career Researchers in Luso-Hispanic Studies is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Nuria de Cos Lara (University College Dublin) as Fellow for 2022-23.

Many congratulations to Dr de Cos.

The AHGBI-WISPS Dorothy Sherman-Severin Research Fellowship for Early-Career Researchers in Luso-Hispanic Studies (2022-23) 

The Executive Committees of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI) and Women in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin-American Studies (WiSPS) invite applications for the 2022-23 Dorothy Sherman-Severin Research Fellowship for Early-Career Researchers in Luso-Hispanic Studies.

Aims of the Fellowship

The Fellowship was established in 2006 and first awarded in 2007. It is designed to address the needs of talented UK- or Irish-based early-career researchers in Luso-Hispanic Studies (broadly understood) who plan on pursuing an academic career in this area, and who, for whatever reason, are finding it difficult to consolidate and develop their research potential.


1. Applicants will normally be current members of either AHGBI or WiSPS.

2. Applicants will normally have been awarded their doctorate in Luso-Hispanic Studies (broadly understood) within the last three years, excluding any breaks (eg. parental leave).

3. Applicants will normally be employed on a full- or part-time basis on 1 June 2022 or will have a contract in place for the start of the academic year 22-23 in a UK or Irish Higher Education Institution. Priority may be given to candidates in smaller departments at teaching-intensive universities.

4. The scheme is not designed to support academic staff whose development as researchers has already been supported through institutional sabbaticals and other major sources of funding.

Details of Award

1.- The Fellowship will be tenable from 30 September 2022 to 1 October 2023.

2.- The successful candidate will receive financial support of up to £1000 during the year of the award plus a programme of structured support and mentoring (see attached notes for eligible costs).

3.- The successful candidate’s progress will be supported by a mentor chosen in consultation with the Selection Committee.

4.- The Fellow will be expected to offer at least one conference paper based on research undertaken for the Fellowship at either the annual conference of AHGBI or WiSPS. A bursary of up to £350 will be available for attending the AHGBI conference. If the winner wishes to attend the WiSPS conference, they may apply for the competitive WiSPS conference bursary separately.

5.- The Fellow will be expected to submit at least one article to a peer-reviewed scholarly journal within a year of completing the Fellowship (i.e. by 1 October 2023).

6.- On completion of the Fellowship on 1 October 2023, the Fellow will be required to submit a detailed report on the progress achieved, including a supporting statement from the mentor. Copies of receipts for expenditure should be submitted by the same date together with an interim report outlining research undertaken to that date.


Applications are due by 9am on Monday, 13 June 2022 and should be submitted by the candidate’s referee. Applicants should complete the relevant form according to the Guidelines; additionally, a separate CV (one page of A4 maximum) should be attached in Word or PDF format. Applications will be considered by a selection committee made up of members of the Executive Committees of AHGBI and WiSPS.

Enquiries may be addressed to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Dr Arantza Mayo: arantza.mayo@rhul.ac.uk

DSS Fellowship Eligibility and Guidelines 2022-23 (Word)

DSS Fellowship Application Form 21-22 (Word)