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Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art – funding opportunities

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Paul_Mellon_Centre_for_Studies_in_British_Art_logo    The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a range of grants and Fellowships funding research and dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history.  The fields of archaeology, the current practice of architecture or the performing arts are not in remit.

Award schemes run in Spring and Autumn and include:

1) Digital Project Grants  – deadline 30th Sep 15

up to £20k pa for up to two years to support a curator or research scholar undertaking a digital research project or research which will lead to a digital or online project (such as an online exhibition, database of a collection or a research project using digital technologies, for example 3-D scanning or modelling)

2) Curatorial Research Grants – deadline 30th Sep 15

Up to £20k pa for up to 2 years awarded to institutions, galleries or museums to help towards the costs of appointing a Research Curator to undertake research for a specific project. This can be for:

  • research towards an exhibition or installation of British art or architectural history, or related topic
  • a cataloguing project on part of a collection or archive which will result in a printed or online catalogue
  • an online exhibition or curation of a digital project relating to British art or architectural history, or related topic

3) Research Support Grants – deadline 30th Sep 15

Up to £2k to assist with research travel costs. Offered to scholars already engaged in research involving the study of British art or architectural history. Grants may be used towards the expenses incurred in visiting collections, libraries, archives or historic sites with the United Kingdom or abroad for research purposes.

4) Senior Fellowship Grants – deadline 31st Jan 2016

Two nine-month full-time Fellowships specifically designated for the completion of a book or other such major study for immediate publication. They offer funding to release Fellows from teaching and/or other employment responsibilities and provide them with an extended and defined period to devote to writing and completing a publication. The Fellowships are solely for the writing period and not for primary research. Designated for prominent and established scholars in the field of British art or architectural history. Up to £32k to cover staff replacement costs.

5) Mid-Career Fellowships – deadline 31st Jan 2016

Three fellowships offer a four-month period of research to applicants who have already produced a major publication and are working on a subsequent research, publishing or curatorial project. The four-month period may be used to undertake research for an article, book, exhibition or catalogue.

Mid-Career Fellowships are designated primarily for academics and scholars  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 an established scholarly profile. £12,000 each will be awarded to the Fellow’s university to cover replacement teaching or staff costs.

6) Postdoctoral Fellowshipsdeadline 31st Jan 2016

Five six-month full-time Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered to enable the Fellow to transform doctoral research in the field of British art or architectural history into publishable form, such as a book, series of articles or exhibition catalogue. Alternatively, the fellowship may support new research arising out of a successfully submitted doctoral dissertation where that research may lead readily to publication.  Fellowships are designated for applicants who have had their doctoral theses successfully examined within the four years prior to January 2016. Applications will also be accepted from applicants who are able to demonstrate that the final examination will be completed by the end of February 2016, i.e. before the Centre’s Advisory Council meets in March 2016.  Five grants of £8,000 each will be awarded to fund replacement teaching or staff costs.

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