Mid-Career Fellowships are awarded annually to academics and scholars at universities, museums, galleries or other institutions who are established in their careers and who were awarded their doctorates over six years previously. Applications are also welcome from independent and freelance scholars, and from individuals who do not hold a doctorate, but all applicants must have a scholarly profile.

They are designed to release Fellows from teaching and/or other employment responsibilities and provide them with a defined period of four months to devote to research for an article, book, exhibition or catalogue.

The Fellowship is an award of £15,000 to cover a period of four months.


Four-month full-time Mid-Career Fellowships are specifically designed for:

  • a period of sustained research for a clearly defined major project which will lead to a publication (printed or online), article, a catalogue or an exhibition


Mid-Career Fellowships are awards of £15,000, this can be taken as either:

  • Replacement teaching or staff costs and paid directly to either the Fellow’s University or institution
  • A lump-sum grant if the Fellow is an independent or freelance scholar

The Centre does not pay full economic costs.

If an independent Fellow accepts full-time employment during the period of the Mid-Career 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 Mid-Career Fellowship you must be an academic or scholar who is established in your career and who was awarded their doctorate over six years previously.

Mid-Career Fellowships are for the academic year 2022/2023 and may be taken between September 2022 and September 2023. Fellowships cannot be deferred to later academic years nor can they run concurrently with a Fellowship awarded by another institution.

Applications for shorter periods than four months will not be accepted.

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


Mid-Career Fellowships are offered in our Spring round of funding, the next round of applications will open 22 November 2021 and close 31 January 2022.

To apply for a Mid-Career 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 nominated 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.

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 Mid-Career Fellowship the Fellow must submit a final written report