Junior Fellowships are offered annually for the purpose of pursuing further British art or architectural history doctoral research in the United Kingdom based at the Paul Mellon Centre.

They are designed for applicants who are advanced in their doctoral research and need to have an extended period of archival or library research in the United Kingdom.

The Fellowship is an award of £8,000 to cover a period of three months.

The Paul Mellon Centre is an educational charity that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture. Through all areas of our work, including our grants and fellowships programme, we promote activities that enhance and expand knowledge of British art and architecture. As an institution, we pledge ourselves to ensuring that the histories of British art are enriched and made more relevant to a broader range of people in the future. The inclusion of voices, narratives and experiences that have been marginalised or excluded in the past will have a transformational impact on the future of the Centre and upon British art studies. Accordingly, the Paul Mellon Centre particularly welcomes applications from those who are under-represented within the academic field of the humanities in the UK.


Three-month full-time Junior Fellowships are specifically designed to:

  • Allow further doctoral research in the UK based at the Paul Mellon Centre


Junior Fellowships are awards of £8,000 paid as one lump sum directly to the Fellow.

The Centre does not pay full economic costs.

If a Fellow accepts full-time employment during the period of the Junior Fellowship, the Centre will request an appropriate reimbursement of the award.


Our funding programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the fields of British art and architectural history, and of British visual culture understood more broadly, from the medieval period to the present day. All supported topics must have a clear art-historical perspective, including those that focus on recent or contemporary artistic practice. All applications must demonstrate that British art, architecture or visual culture provides a substantial focus for their project. Applications will be assessed according to their academic rigour, originality, and contribution to scholarship. We do not fund research projects focusing on archaeology, current architecture practice, or the performing arts.

To apply for a Junior Fellowship you must be a scholar already engaged in doctoral research. This is a research fellowship and will not be awarded to scholars in the early stages of their doctoral research nor will they be awarded for the final stages of writing-up.

Candidates may be of any nationality, but must be enrolled in a graduate programme at a United States or other non-British university.

Junior Fellowships are for the academic year 2023/2024 and may be taken between September 2023 and September 2024. Fellowships cannot be deferred to later academic years nor can they run concurrently with a Fellowship awarded by another institution.

For further questions on eligibility please contact the Fellowships & Grants Manager.


Junior Fellowships are offered in our Spring round of funding.

Applications for the 2023 awards are now open. The closing date is 31 January 2023.

To apply for a Junior Fellowship you must use our online system at grants.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk. Once registered you will be able to fill out the online application form (example of which can be downloaded below) and provide the details of two referees. The option to provide the referee details will be available once the application is submitted. We will then contact the referee with details on how they submit their reference which must be completed through our online system and must be no more than 500 words.

The referees should have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s academic career and the subject area for which funding is being sought. Advisory Council would like to be informed of the originality of the subject matter and the applicant’s suitability to pursue such research.

Applications and nominated referee details must be received by 31 January, referees have until 10 February to submit their references.

Fellowship Requirements:

  • Within six months of completion of the Junior Fellowship the Fellow must submit a final written report