The AAH Internship Award offers funding to UK-based undergraduate and postgraduate students on placements or internships. There are two awards of up to £2,000 each towards placement-related expenses such as accommodation, travel and food. The Internship Award supports both full-time and part-time placements/ internships.
2016 AAH Grants Update
Our existing grants and prizes programme is currently undergoing review. We will announce information about our new AAH awards, grants and prizes for 2017 onwards very soon. Please check our AAH Funding page for further updates.
Would you like to curate exhibitions? Conserve paintings? Run art auctions? Or work in a picture library?
These are examples of internships that the Association of Art Historians has funded. The award is available to assist AAH members with the costs of work experience placements to gain valuable experience. Whatever career in art history you are aiming for, voluntary work can really take you places, and the AAH can help.
- Where can I volunteer? We fund volunteering at museums, galleries, heritage sites or other visual arts environments. Both self-initiated placements and internships advertised by the institution are eligible.
- When? The placement can last up to 6 weeks full-time (Monday-Friday) or up to 30 days part-time. It must start after the 30th April 2015. (If a successful applicant is undertaking an internship for longer than six weeks, expenses will only be covered for a six-week period.)
- What is covered by the funding? Legitimate expenses include daily travel, meals and accommodation, childcare and training and materials. Please see the guidelines for full details.
- How much funding can I get? There are two awards of up to £2,000 each for the whole placement.
- How do I apply?
We are no longer accepting applications for this grant
Harriet Brooks-Ward (University of Manchester) at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Diane Knauf (Northumbria University) in the paper conservation department at the National Galleries of Scotland
Gemma Spry (Oxford Brookes University) at the Ashmolean Museum
Sarah Hegenbart (Courtauld) at the Village-Opéra, Burkina Faso
Samantha Lippett (University of Brighton) at the Birth Rites Collection, Midwifery Department, University of Salford
Georgina Eliot (University of Cambridge) at The Landmark Trust
Ieva Kausteklyte (Oxford Brookes) at Modern Art Oxford
Natalie Le Gros (UEA) at White Cube
Jennifer Slater (Courtauld) at The Art Loss Register
In the words of a previous recipient...
“Without the funding from AAH I would not have been able to benefit so greatly from the opportunities that I was offered in London and to feel such adrenalin course through my veins and for this I am very grateful for the chance to get stuck in and have this incredible insight and experience.” Tom Best, volunteer at Christie’s, London
If you have any queries regarding the AAH Internship Award please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AAH Internship Award Reports and Feedback
Reports by students who have undertaken placements/internships that have been supported by the Internship Award (formerly called the Voluntary Work Fund) are published in Bulletin, which is now available to view online. See Bulletin 102 for reports from 2009. An example from the 2011 scheme is online at http://www.aah.org.uk/post/630.