This category of award is available to institutional applicants only.

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a variety of Fellowships (for individuals) and Grants (for institutions and individuals) twice a year in a strictly timetabled schedule.  The programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history from the medieval period to the present, although all supported topics must have an historical perspective.  

We do not offer fellowships and grants in the fields of archaeology, the current practice of architecture or the performing arts. We have no discretionary funds outside our stated programme.


Digital Project Grants are offered annually. They are awarded 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. They are intended to stimulate new modes of research, collaboration, and the dissemination of scholarship. Projects could take the form of:

  • an online exhibition or curation of a digital project relating to British art or architectural history, or related topic
  • an online catalogue or database of a collection or archive, or an online catalogue or database of a specific part of a collection or archive
  • a research project using digital technologies, for example 3-D scanning or modelling, or which might make use of large datasets. 

Applicants must demonstrate that any project will include scholarly research within the scope of the work. This grant program does not typically support the digitisation of collections material, nor data entry.


Digital Project Grants are offered up to to a maximum of £40,000 to cover the full length of the project. Due to the large amount of funding offered, institutions should provide a comprehensive and detailed timeline and budget in their application.

An institution may apply for a Digital Project Grant to provide replacement staff costs to provide temporary cover for a curatorial staff member to work on a digital project. Applications for the support of part-time researchers are welcome.

It should be noted that the Centre does not pay full economic costs. Only one Digital Project Grant application per institution will be considered each year. Applicants should give details of any financial support already in place or funding expected or being sought from other sources.


Applicants must provide details of the expected outcomes of the project. Digital project research might result in a virtual or online exhibition (physical or virtual), an online exhibition catalogue, or an online catalogue of part of a collection or archive.

All content produced as a result of the grant award must be released under a Creative Commons licence (see

Preference will be given to proposals that encourage others to remix, tweak, and build upon your project outcomes. Interoperability of this kind may be encouraged by producing a machine-readable version of your content, or to offer an open-access repository of your digital resources. 

Applicants must demonstrate the long-term sustainability of the project as a digital resource, including a commitment from the host institution to maintain the supporting infrastructure in perpetuity.

 The institution must provide annual reports on the projects progress until completion.