Junior Fellowships: Paul Mellon Centre for studies in british art

Junior 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.

Junior 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.


Four three-month full-time Junior Fellowships are offered to scholars engaged in doctoral research on British art or architectural history. Scholars should be well advanced in their doctoral research and should demonstrate their need to have an extended period of archival or library research in either the United Kingdom or the United States.

Scholars wishing to research in the USA are advised to apply also to the Yale Centre for British Art awards programme. (see: http://britishart.yale.edu/research)


Junior Fellowships are designated for scholars who are already engaged in doctoral research. They will not be awarded to scholars in the early stages of their doctoral research nor will they be awarded for the final stages of writing-up. They are specifically research fellowships.

Candidates may be of any nationality, but normally must be enrolled in a graduate programme at a United States or other non-British university for study in the United Kingdom or at non-United States university for study in the United States.

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


Four Junior Fellowships of £7,500 each will be awarded.

Junior Fellowships are awarded for a period of three months. If a Fellow accepts full-time employment during the period of the Junior Fellowship, the Centre will request an appropriate reimbursement of the award.


Junior Fellows in the United Kingdom with be affilated to the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London. In the United States they will be affiliated to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven.

Junior Fellows coming to the Paul Mellon Centre are encouraged to come to London in the Autumn between September and December, but by arrangement may come for any three-month period during the 2014/2015 academic year.

As part of the terms and conditions of the award, successful candidates will 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:
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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 proposed research programme and timetable for the period of the Junior Fellowship
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.


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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