Research Support Grants


Research Support Grants are offered in spring and autumn to scholars already engaged in research involving the study of British art or architectural history.

The grant is an award of up to £2,000 towards the expenses incurred in visiting collections, libraries, archives or historic sites within the United Kingdom or abroad for research purposes.

The Paul Mellon Centre is an educational charity that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture. Through all areas of our work, including our grants and fellowships programme, we promote activities that enhance and expand knowledge of British art and architecture. As an institution, we pledge ourselves to ensuring that the histories of British art are enriched and made more relevant to a broader range of people in the future. The inclusion of voices, narratives and experiences that have been marginalised or excluded in the past will have a transformational impact on the future of the Centre and upon British art studies. Accordingly, the Paul Mellon Centre particularly welcomes applications from those who are under-represented within the academic field of the humanities in the UK.


Research Support Grants are specifically designed for scholars to support the expenses incurred in visiting collections, libraries, archives or historic sites within the United Kingdom or abroad.

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)
  • Cost of care for individual's dependents


Research Support Grants are offered for up to a maximum of £2,000, applications for less than £2,000 are also eligible.

The award will be paid directly to the individual as a lump sum only.


Our 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. All supported topics must have a clear art-historical perspective, including those that focus on recent or contemporary artistic practice. 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 fund research projects focusing on archaeology, current architecture practice, or the performing arts.

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.

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.

For further questions on eligibility please contact the Fellowships & Grants Manager.


Research Support Grants are offered in both our Autumn and Spring rounds of funding.

Applications for the 2023 awards are now open. The closing date is 31 January 2023.

To apply for a Research Support Grant you must use our online system at Once registered you will be able to fill out the online application form (example of which can be downloaded below) and provide the details of one referee. The option to provide the referee details will be available once the application is submitted. We will contact the nominated referee with details on how they submit their reference which must be completed through our online system and must be no more than 500 words.

The referee should have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s academic career and/or the subject area for which funding is being sought. Advisory Council would like to be informed of the originality of the subject matter and the applicant’s suitability to pursue such research.

Applications and nominated referee details must be received by the application deadline, referees have an extra ten days after the deadline to submit their references.


  • Payment of the grant must be claimed within 12 months of it being awarded and the research trip must be taken within 18 months
  • Within six months of completion of the Research Support Grant the recipient must submit a final written report, details of this will be outlined in the offer letter
Application date
Humanities : Architecture and urbanism, Arts and Art history, History