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 £60,000 to cover a period of 12 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.
Twelve 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
Senior Fellowships are awards of £60,000, 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.
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 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 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.
Applications for shorter periods than twelve months will not be accepted.
For further questions on eligibility please contact the Grants & Fellowships Manager.
Senior Fellowships are offered in our Spring round of funding.
The 2023 round of funding is closed. Next round: Spring 2024.
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. 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.
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.
- Within six months of completion of the Senior Fellowship the Fellow must submit a final written report