Research Support Grants are offered in spring and autumn to scholars already engaged in research involving the study of British art or architectural history.

The grant is an award 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.


Research Support Grants are specifically designed for scholars to support the expenses incurred in visiting collections, libraries, archives or historic sites within the United Kingdom or abroad.

These grants are offered for specific research visits and individuals may claim for the following costs in line with the limits given below:

  • Fares (in full)
  • Accommodation (up to a maximum of £100 per night)
  • Daily subsistence (£40 per day)


Research Support Grants are offered for up to a maximum of £2,000, applications for less than £2,000 are also eligible.

The award will be paid directly to the individual as a lump sum only.


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.

Academics, scholars, postgraduate students and independent researchers are eligible to apply in the Research Support Grant category, with the stipulation that their research is in the field of British art or architectural history and is of a scholarly nature.

Conference attendance, costs of photography, photocopying, computers, cameras or other equipment DO NOT come within the scope of this award and such costs must not be included in any application.

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


Research Support Grants are offered in both our Autumn and Spring rounds of funding. The next round of Research Support Grants will open on Monday 22 November 2021 and close on 31 January 2022.

To apply for a Research Support Grant you must use our online system at 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 one referee. The option to provide the referee details will be available once the application is submitted. We will 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.

The referee should have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s academic career and/or 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 the application deadline, referees have an extra ten days after the deadline to submit their references.


  • Payment of the grant must be claimed within 12 months of it being awarded and the research trip must be taken within 18 months
  • Within six months of completion of the Research Support Grant the recipient must submit a final written report, details of this will be outlined in the offer letter