Rome Fellowship: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Rome Fellowship: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

2013-09-06 Funding Opportunities

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a variety of Fellowships (for individuals) and Grants (for institutions and individuals) twice a year in a strictly timetabled schedule. The programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history from the medieval period to the present, although all supported topics must have an historical perspective.

We do not offer fellowships and grants in the fields of contemporary fine arts, archaeology, the current practice of architecture or the performing arts. We have no discretionary funds outside our stated programme.

The Rome Fellowship is for the academic year 2014/2015 and may be taken between October 2014 and June 2015. The Fellowship cannot be deferred to later a academic year nor can it run concurrently with a Fellowship awarded by another institution.


One three-month full-time Rome Fellowship will be awarded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, in conjunction with the British School at Rome. This award allows a senior scholar three months at the British School at Rome to work in the field of Anglo-Italian artistic and visual cultural relations or on a Grand Tour topic. Applicants are expected to provide details of the proposed outcomes of their research in Rome in their application.

The Rome Fellowship must be taken during one of the following three periods: October to December; January to March; April to June. Exact dates will be agreed with the British School at Rome.


The Rome Fellowship is for Senior or Mid-Career scholars only. Applications are welcome from independent and freelance scholars, and from individuals who do not hold a doctorate, but all applicants must have an established scholarly profile. Applicants must be competent in spoken and written Italian and will be expected to contribute to the academic life at the British School at Rome during their fellowship.

Please note it is not permitted to submit a Research Support Grant application at the same time as a Rome Fellowship application.


For academics and scholars in full-time University employment the Rome Fellowship provides full residential accommodation at the British School at Rome for three months, an honorarium of £2,300 and the sum of £7,500 towards replacement teaching costs for a term at the Fellow's home institution, if required. The Centre does not pay full economic costs.

For an independent scholar the Rome Fellowship provides full residential accommodation at the British School at Rome for three months as well as a grant of £6,000. If an independent Fellow accepts full-time employment during the period of the Rome Fellowship, the Centre will request an appropriate reimbursement of the award.


On completion of the fellowship, the successful Rome Fellow will be expected to give a paper on his/her research in the series of research seminars which are organised on a regular basis at the Paul Mellon Centre.


Please complete your application online and send it as a Word document or PDF attachment to:
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Your application should consist of the following pages only:

1. The one-page cover sheet
2. In not more than two pages an outline of your field of research, your proposed research programme, and reasons why residence in Rome is important for your study.
3. A one-page CV, with details of temporary release from your employment (if appropriate)

We prefer to receive applications electronically, but if you wish to print the application form and submit it by post to the Fellowships and Grants Manager at the address below, you may do so.

No additional information, offprints, articles or books should be submitted with your application.


We require two letters of reference to support your application. Your referees should submit their references, which must be no longer than one page each, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure your referees submit references to us by the closing date for applications. We receive a large number of applications and are unable to contact referees on your behalf.


We will acknowledge your application within seven days of its receipt and we will notify you in writing of the Advisory Council's decision not later than three weeks after the Council's meeting in March. Please note that the Centre is unable to notify you of award decisions by telephone or via email, or to enter into discussion of the Council's decisions.

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