Research Support Grants
This category of award is available to individual applicants only.
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 archaeology, the current practice of architecture or the performing arts. We have no discretionary funds outside our stated programme.
Research Support Grants are offered in Spring and Autumn each year to assist with research travel costs. They are offered to scholars already engaged in research involving the study of British art or architectural history. Grants may be used towards the expenses incurred in visiting collections, libraries, archives or historic sites with the United Kingdom or abroad for research purposes.
These grants are offered for specific research visits and individuals may claim for the following costs in line with the limits given below:
- Fares (in full)
- Accommodation (up to a maximum of £100 per night)
- Daily subsistence (£40 per day)
Conference attendance, costs of photography, photocopying, computers, cameras or other equipment DO NOT come within the scope of this award and such costs must not be included in any application.
Payment of the grant must be claimed within 12 months of it being awarded and the research trip must be taken within 18 months of the grant being awarded.
The maximum award given in this category is £2,000.
Academics, scholars, postgraduate students and independent researchers are eligible to apply in the Research Support Grant category, with the stipulation that their research is in the field of British art or architectural history and is of a scholarly nature.
Research Support Grants are a highly competitive category of funding and therefore applicants must demonstrate that their trip is a necessary component to their research project which is leading to a scholarly outcome.
Terms & Conditions
Applications for all awards must be made through the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in
British Art online Fellowships and Grants application system.
If you accept a fellowship or grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
it will be on the understanding that you have agreed the terms and conditions set out
Terms and Conditions applicable to all applicants
1. When we make an offer of a fellowship or grant to an individual or institution we will
require the applicant to accept the offer within four weeks of the date of the email
containing the offer and to provide bank details for the eventual payment of the
2. The amount of the award is set out in the offer email. We are not able to increase
the amount of the award. The award amount may be different from the amount you
3. The offer email will give a timescale for claiming the award funds and will also state
when the offer will lapse. Funds unclaimed by the specified date will cease to be
available and the award offer will be cancelled.
4. Awards granted to an institution may not be claimed by an individual but must be
claimed officially by the institution.
5. The award must be used exclusively for the purposes for which it has been awarded.
6. Any proposed changes to a research project, fellowship topic, publication or
educational programme must be presented to the Paul Mellon Centre for agreement
to such changes.
7. We reserve the right to withhold an award or require repayment if false information
is provided in the application form or if the award is not spent for the purpose for
which it was granted.
8. Awards should be acknowledged in all printed and online material which is
produced with the support of funding received from the Paul Mellon Centre for
Studies in British Art. The Paul Mellon Centre will supply PMC Guidelines for the
acknowledgement of support giving the manner in which we should be acknowledged,
as well as details for the use of our logo.
9. Any part of the award funding that is not required for the approved purpose must be
refunded to us
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