Post Doctoral 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.
Postdoctoral 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.
SCOPE OF POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
Five six-month full-time Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded. They 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.
Postdoctoral Fellowships are designated for applicants who have had their doctoral theses successfully examined within the four years prior to January 2014. Applications will also be accepted from applicants who are able to demonstrate that the final examination will be completed by the end of February 2014, i.e. before the Centre's Advisory Council meets in March 2014. The Paul Mellon Centre reserves the right to withdraw a Postdoctoral Fellowship from a candidate to whom one has been offered on the latter basis, should the examination result in substantive referral or in failure.
Please note it is not permitted to submit a Research Support Grant application at the same time as a Postdoctoral Fellowship application.
Five Postdoctoral Fellowships of £8,000 each will be awarded.
Fellowship funds are offered either as a grant to the Fellow (if an independent scholar) or to their university or institution to fund replacement teaching or staff costs. The Centre does not pay full economic costs. If a Fellow accepts full-time employment during the period of the Postdoctoral 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 Postdoctoral 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. They will also be required to submit a short end-of-award report on the progress they have made.
Please complete your application online and send it as a Word document or PDF attachment to:
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
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.
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