Senior Fellowships are offered annually to academics, established scholars or senior museum professionals in the field of British art and architectural history either to complete a manuscript or book for publication or to undertake a sustained period of research towards a major project.

They are designed to release Fellows from teaching and/or other employment responsibilities and provide them with a defined period to devote to writing or research.

The Fellowship is an award of £40,000 to cover a period of nine months.

Scope

Nine-month full-time Senior Fellowships are specifically designed for:

  • The completion of a book or other such major study for immediate publication (printed or online)
  • A period of sustained research for a clearly defined major project which will lead to a publication (printed or online), a catalogue or an exhibition

Funding

Senior Fellowships are awards of £40,000, 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 Senior Fellowship, the Centre will request an appropriate reimbursement of the award.

Eligibility

Our funding programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history only. All supported topics must have an historical perspective.

To apply for a Senior Fellowship you must be a prominent and established scholar in the field of British art or architectural history, ideally with a significant publishing record.

Senior Fellowships are for the academic year 2020/2021 and may be taken between September 2020 and September 2021. 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 nine months will not be accepted.  

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

Application 

Senior Fellowships are offered in our Spring round of funding, applications will open mid November and close on 31 January. 

To apply for a Senior 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. 

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

Requirements:

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