Paul Mellon Centre Senior Fellowships

Deadline: 31 January 2021
Open to: Scholars in the field of British art or architectural history
Benefits: Award of £40,000


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.

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



The 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 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.



For more information please visit the official website.