The Paul Mellon Centre funding programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the fields of British art and architectural history, and of British visual culture understood more broadly, from the medieval period to the present day. There are funding opportunities designed for academics, scholars, authors, postgraduate students and independent researchers as well as some designed for institutions, organisations and publishers. Each of our funding opportunities have individual eligibility requirements - please check these carefully before applying. 

All of our funding opportunities are open to international applicants.

All supported topics must have a clear art-historical perspective, including those that focus on recent or contemporary artistic practice and all applications must demonstrate that British art, architecture or visual culture provides a substantial focus for their project.

Applications will be assessed according to their academic rigour, originality, and contribution to scholarship. 

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.

Our Advisory Council meets to decide on the awards in March (for the Spring round) and in October (for the Autumn round). Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within three weeks of the Advisory Council meeting.

Please note that applications for funding must be made exclusively online. Hard-copy submissions will not be considered.

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