Autumn 2021 Funding Opportunities Open for Applications

  • 17 August 2021
Applications for our autumn 2021 round of funding opportunities are now open. The Paul Mellon Centre supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history and the following categories are available in this round of funding:

Collaborative Project Grants

Awards of up to £40,000 intended to provide seed-money to fund a research project in which two or more partner organisations are involved and is designed to cover practical costs for enhancing the collaborative research project, including costs associated with travel, accommodation, meetings and scholarly workshops or events.

Curatorial Research Grants

Awards of up to £40,000 offered to institutions, galleries or museums to help towards the costs of appointing a Research Curator to undertake research for a specific project. This year, applicants can also apply for costs towards a specific project with current staff or costs towards an existing or continuing project that may have been delayed or affected by the pandemic.

Digital Project Grants

Awards of up to £40,000 offered to institutions to help support a curator or research scholar undertaking a digital research project or research which will lead to a digital or online project such as an online exhibition, catalogue or database or a research project using digital technologies.

Event Support Grants

Awards of up to £3,000 towards the practical expenses incurred in hosting lectures, conferences, workshops, symposia and seminars for scholars or provided at a scholarly level for the general public. This year, applicants can also apply for expenses incurred in hosting online events and educational programmes.

Publication Grants

Awards offered to publishers, institutions and/or authors to offset costs incurred in producing works of scholarship in print or in other media. The grant is either a maximum of £7,000 when applied for by a publisher, £3,000 when applied for by an author or a maximum £10,000 when jointly applied for by both author and publisher.

Research Support Grants

Awards of up to £2,000 towards the expenses incurred in visiting collections, libraries, archives or historic sites within the United Kingdom or abroad for research purposes. Due to the effects of the pandemic, this year applicants can instead apply for costs related to supporting themselves whilst undertaking non-travel related research.

Andrew Wyld Research Support Grants

Awards of £2,000 offered to students working on a topic in the field of British works of art on paper of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries including watercolours, prints and drawings. The grant is designed to allow students to see and research works on paper at first hand and to assist with travel and subsistence in doing so. The Andrew Wyld Research Support Grant is administered by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art on behalf of the Andrew Wyld Fund.
The closing date for applications is 30 September 2021. For full details of each grant category and how to apply click here.