Postdoctoral and Visting Fellows

The Medieval Research Centre welcomes enquiries from advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from home or abroad about applications for funded postdoctoral or visiting fellowships. Leicester has a good track record of successful applications from medievalists to the British Academy, AHRC, and Leverhulme Trust.

We are also able to offer non-stipendary Honorary Visiting Fellowships (3–12 months) to scholars whose research would benefit from a period of sustained contact with the Medieval Research Centre at Leicester. We propose individuals to the University and for this purpose need a research proposal or programme of study that a visitor will undertake while in Leicester. This should be accompanied by a brief CV.

Post Doctoral Fellows

Dr Ben Parsons

Dr Peter Darby

Dr Helen Foxhall Forbes

Dr Chris King

  • British Academy Post Doctoral Fellow, 2007–10 in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History: Voices of Dissent: an archaeological and topographic analysis of urban nonconformist communities in England and America
  • 'House and society in an English provincial city: the archaeology of urban households in Norwich, 1370-1700’ (PhD)
  • Chris now holds a permanent post as Lecturer in Late Medieval and Historical Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Nottingham


Honorary Visting Fellows

Dr Morn Capper

Dr Jackie Hall

  • Consultant Cathedral Archaeologist, Peterborough Cathedral. MRC Honorary Visiting Fellow (2014–2018). Medieval Archaeology, especially post Conquest church buildings and sculpture (E:

Professor April Harper

  • State University of New York, Oneonta. MRC Honorary Visting Fellow (2012): Medieval Social and Gender History, the History of Sexualities.

Mag. Alexandra Kaar

  • MRC Honorary Visting Fellow (2016). Alexandra Kaar has worked on a critical edition of the charters of Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, before working as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Vienna. More info.

Dr Omar Khalaf

  • Department of Language Sciences, Ca' Foscari, University of Venice. MRC Honorary Visiting Fellow (2013): "From Frennsche into Englisshe": Anthony Rivers and the introduction of French moral literature in fifteenth-century England.

Dr Khalaf got his PhD in Germanic Philology with a dissertation on the edition of the Middle english poem known as "Alexander and Dindimus". He works at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, where he won two research fellowships and he teaches Historical Linguistics and Philology and Editing. His primary interests are Old and Middle English literatures, philology, codicology and linguistics. He is currently investigating the transmission of French moral literature in 15th-century England through the translations of Earl Rivers.

Professor Lilla Kòpar

  • Catholic University of America, British Academy Visiting Fellow (2007): Intercultural dialogue and the formation of cultural identity in the 10th- and 11th-century Anglo-Scandinavian Communities.

Dr Joshua Westgard

  • British Academy Visiting Fellow (2007): The continuations of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History: An edition and study (more details)

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