Senior Fellowships: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Senior Fellowships: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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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.

Senior Fellowships are for the academic year 2014/2015 and may be taken between October 2014 and September 2015. Fellowships cannot be deferred to later academic years nor can they run concurrently with a Fellowship awarded by another institution.


Two nine-month full-time Senior Fellowships will be awarded. These fellowships are 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.


Senior Fellowships are designated for prominent and established scholars in the field of British art or architectural history. Senior Fellowships may not be taken for less than the nine-month period offered and they must be taken on a full-time basis. Applications for shorter periods will not be accepted.

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


Two Senior Fellowships of £32,000 each will be awarded.

Fellowship funds are offered either to the Fellow's university or institution to cover replacement teaching or staff costs or as a grant to an independent or freelance scholar. An award paid to a university or an institution to cover teaching, curatorial or staff replacement costs must be used for that purpose only. No element of the award may be used by the Fellow for travel or research expenses. 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.


Applicants are required to demonstrate that their manuscript/project can be completed within the period of the fellowship and to outline their strategy for doing so.

On completion of their fellowships, successful Senior Fellows will be expected to give a paper on their 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 and your project, and your strategy for completing your manuscript within the relevant timescale
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.


15th January 2014

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