Alistair Horne Visiting Fellowship

Alistair Horne Visiting Fellowship

Further Particulars & Names of Fellows since 1969

The Alistair Horne Fellowship (now in its 53rd year) provides limited financial assistance and membership of St Antony’s College for a candidate prepared to write a significant book of non-fiction for a general readership.  First-time authors with projects which fit with the areas covered by College centres and fellows are particularly encouraged to apply. 

The Fellowship carries an expenses allowance of GBP £20,000.  Fellows will be senior members of St Antony’s College, entitled to the use of the College library, research centres, and social facilities.  They will also be entitled to free common table meals and 12 High Table meals per term.

The Fellow for the academic year 2022/23 will be elected early in 2022. The purpose is to support the writing of a specific book.  Applications should include a covering letter, a brief curriculum vitae not to exceed four pages, a description of the proposed book not to exceed 10 pages, an indication of the author’s plans for the year, and the names and contact details of two referees.  Please note that doctoral students who intend to use the year to complete their theses are not eligible. Applicants who wish to use the Fellowship to prepare their completed theses for publication and visiting scholars who wish to use the Fellowship to support their sabbatical in Oxford are also unlikely to be successful.

Applications should be sent by email only to The deadline for applications is 23:59 (UK time), Monday 13 December 2021.

St Antony’s College, Oxford

St Antony’s is a postgraduate college which specializes in international studies with particular emphasis on certain regions of the world.  Centres of research and study associated with St Antony’s are concerned with Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, South and Southeast Asia, China and Latin America.  Fellows of the College are specialists in modern history, literature, politics, economics, sociology, social anthropology and international relations.  Visiting and Research Fellows, as well as Senior Associate Members, complement the Fellowship.  Students of the College are men and women working for higher degrees of the University.

The corporate designation of the College is “The Warden and Fellows of St Antony’s College in the University of Oxford”.  Its foundation was made possible by the gift of the late Antonin Besse of Aden, a leading merchant of French nationality.  Provisional arrangements for the foundation of the College were made by a decree passed by Congregation on 21 September 1948.  On 30 May 1950 a further decree bestowed on the College the status of a New Foundation.  Its main functions were then defined: “(a) To be a centre of advanced study and research in the fields of modern international history, philosophy, economics and politics; (b) To provide an international centre within the University where graduate students from all over the world can live and work together in close contact with senior members of the University who are specialists in their field; (c) To contribute to the general teaching of the University, especially in the fields of modern history and politics”. In Michaelmas Term 1950 the College opened its doors on the Woodstock Road in a former Anglican Convent built in the 1860s.  In its seventh decade of activity, the body of the College consists of the Warden, the Bursar, some forty Fellows, about 500 students and, at any time, more than 120 Senior Members.

In 1969, Alistair Horne and St Antony’s College endowed an annual Fellowship designed to encourage the completion of works in modern history and biography which combine academic scholarship and a wider public appeal.  In the course of the over fifty years of its existence, the Fellowship has become a notable success. Fellows from different walks of life and parts of the world have found St Antony’s a stimulating environment in which to pursue their work.  The initiators of the Fellowship were especially interested in supporting first books by authors of any age.

Alistair Horne, who died in 2017, was himself a distinguished author.  Among his prize-winning books were: The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 (1962), A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-62 (1977), The French Army and Politics 1870-1970 (1984), as well as the two volume official biography of Harold Macmillan, published in 1988-9.  Sir Alistair was an Honorary Fellow of St Antony’s College.


ALISTAIR HORNE VISITING FELLOWS 1969-2020 (including titles of published and unpublished works) 

1969 T.J. Clark

Image of the People: Gustav Courbet and the 1848 Revolution (1973) and The Absolute Bourgeois: Artists and Politics in France 1848-51 (1973)

1970 Norman Davies

White Eagle, Red Star: The Polish-Soviet War, 1919-20 (1972)

John Whittam

The Politics of the Italian Army (1976)

1971 Charles Brooks (USA)

The French Film and Politics in the 1930s

1972-73 Robert Kee*

The Laurel and the Ivy: the story of Charles Stewart Parnell and Irish Nationalism (1993)

Roger Adelson (USA)

Mark Sykes: Portrait of an Amateur (1975)

Redmond O’Hanlon

Joseph Conrad and Charles Darwin: Scientific Thought in Conrad’s Fiction (1984)

1974-76 Victor Bonham-Carter*

Authors by Profession. Vol 1 of A History of Authorship based on the archives of the Society of Authors (1964)

1976-77 Timothy Hilton

John Ruskin: The Early Years (1984)

Duff Hart-Davis

Monarchs of the Glen: A History of Deer Stalking in the Scottish Highlands (1978)

1977-78  R.A. Hyman*

Charles Babbage: Pioneers of the Computer (1982)

1978-79  Alan Davidson*

Dumas on Food (1978) (with Jane Davidson) and North Atlantic Sea Food (1979)

1979-80  John Grigg*

Lloyd George: from peace to war, 1912-1916 (1985)

Roy Foster

Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life (1981)

Anthony Mockler

Haile Selassie’s War (1984)

1980-81  John M. Campbell

F.E. Smith - The First Earl of Birkenhead (1984)

1982-83  Martin Meredith

The First Dance of Freedom (1984)

1984  Steve Gallup* (USA)

A History of the Salzburg Festival (1987)

1984-85  Axel von dem Bussche* (Germany)


1985-86  Deidre McMahon

Biography of De Valera

1986-87  Roland Huntford

Nansen: The Explorer as Hero (1997)

1987-88  Laurent Bonnaud (France)

Le tunnel sous la Manche: deux siècles de passions (1994)

Frank McLynn

Stanley: the Making of an African Explorer (1989) and Stanley: Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1990)

1988-89  James Clad

Behind the Myth: Business, Money and Power in South East Asia (1989)

1990-92  Christina Hardyment

History of the European Family [work in progress]

1991  Alex Danchev*

Oliver Franks - Founding Father (1993)

1992-94  Michael Ignatieff

Isaiah Berlin: a life (1998)

1995  Edward Harrison

Siege of Breslau by the Red Army in 1945

1996  Noel Malcolm

Kosovo: a short history (1998)

1996-97  David Gilmour

The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj (2005)

1997-98  Richard Thorpe

Eden: The Life and Times of Anthony Eden, First Earl of Avon 1897-1977 (2003)

1998-99  James Hamilton

Faraday - The Life (2002)

1999-2000  Ian Buruma

Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing (2002)

2000-01  Roderick Bailey

The Wildest Province: SOE in the Land of the Eagle (2008)

2001-02  June Morris

The Life & Times of Thomas Balogh: a Macaw among Mandarins (2007)

2002-03  Daniel Gordon

Immigrants and the new Left in France (2012)

2003-04  Joanna Kavenna

The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule (2005)

2004-05  Victoria Schofield

Witness to History - The Life of John Wheeler-Bennett (2012)

2005-06  Gabriel Piterberg

The Returns of Zionism: Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel (2008)

2006-07  Patrick Cohrs

‘Pax Britannica’ and the Demise of European Peace [work in progress]

2007-08  Christopher de Bellaigue

Patriot of Persia, Mohammad Mossadegh and a Very British Coup (2012)

2008-09  Stephanie Hare

Duty, Death & the Republic, The Career of Maurice Papon from Vichy France to the Algerian War

2009-10  Daisy Hay

The Disraelis: A Strange Romance (2015)

2010-11  Maurice Walsh

Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World 1918-23 (2015)

2011-12  Nicoletta Demetriou

Durrell’s bitterness: Lawrence Durrell in Cyprus, 1953-56 [work in progress]

2012-13  David Motadel

Persian Shahs in Imperial Europe [work in progress]

2013-14  Andrew Porwancher

The Devil Himself: A Tale of Honor, Insanity, and the Birth of Modern America (2016)



2015-16  Sir Nicholas Stadlen

Bram Fischer QC and the Unsung Heroes of the Struggle Against Apartheid 1960-1966







2019-20  Dr Farrah Jarral

A History of the Soul

2020-21  Mr Tim Bouverie


2021-22 Mr Edward Posnett

Years of Lead


(The titles in italics are books published)


* deceased