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Sources of Funding for Museums Staff

The following information is a list of organisations that offer funding for individuals. Some require you to be a member of an institution but others do not, and this distinction can occur within the same grant body.

These are just outlines of what is available, please go to the appropriate website for full details of conditions, exceptions and deadlines. It does not generally include grants which are only available to university employees.

The Leverhulme Trust

British Academy
British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships
The Mark Fitch Fund
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Crafts Council
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The Economic and Social Research Council
Wingate Scholarships
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
 


The Leverhulme Trust
Many of these grants consider museums to be eligible institutions. They all have varying conditions, deadlines and durations so the information here is just a basic outline, use the links provided to get full details.

Study Abroad Fellowships
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/study_abroad_fellowships/

Study Abroad Fellowships are designed to support a period overseas in a stimulating academic environment. These differ from the Trust's Research Fellowships in that the awards support a range of activities other than straight-forward research (e.g. the exchange of ideas, the development of new lines of research and collaborative ventures).

Applicants
• Must be resident in the UK at the time of application.
• Should have held an established full-time post in a UK institution of higher
education, or in a museum, art gallery or comparable institution for at least five
years.
• May not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for professional or
vocational qualifications.

Value
The maximum value of a Fellowship is £22,000. Eligible costs include: reasonable replacement cover whilst the Fellow is overseas; travel to and within the overseas country or countries; a maintenance grant to meet the increased expense of living overseas; and essential research costs.

Study Abroad Studentships
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/study_abroad_studentships/

Study Abroad Studentships support an extended period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning in any overseas country, with the exception of the USA.

Applicants
• Must have been resident in the UK for at least five years at the time of application and must hold an undergraduate degree from a UK institution. Undergraduates may not apply for these awards.
• Should be under age 30 or, if older, make a strong and appropriate case for special consideration.
• Should be able to demonstrate how their work would benefit from being conducted overseas rather than in the UK. Those wishing only to improve their foreign language skills are not eligible for this scheme.

Value
The Studentships comprise: a basic annual maintenance allowance of £17,000; a partner allowance of £6000 if a Student is accompanied by a dependent partner; a return air fare; and a baggage allowance. Further allowances are payable at the Trust's discretion, e.g. assistance with overseas tuition fees and essential research costs.

Research Fellowships
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/research_fellowships/

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

Applicants
• Must be resident in the UK at the time of application.
• Should be able to demonstrate experience and academic background sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed programme of research.
• May not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for profession or vocational qualifications.

Value
The maximum value of a Fellowship is £45,000. The awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings. Please note that the awards cannot provide funds for salary costs for those otherwise without a salary.

Artists in Residence
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/artists_in_residence/

These awards are intended to support the residency of an artist of any kind or nationality in a UK institution in order to foster a creative collaboration between the artist and the staff and/or students of that institution. The term 'artist' encompasses visual artists, creative writers, musicians, poets and other producers of original creative work.

The resident artist should work in an interactive way with the surroundings, and contribute recognisably to the life and work of the host department or centre. Applications should come jointly signed from the artist and a representative of the proposed host group, as Principal Applicant. Individual artists seeking a residency may not apply directly to the Trust.

The scheme is intended to bring artists into research and study environments where creative art is not part of the normal curriculum or activities of the host department. It is not the objective of the scheme to provide additional teaching strength to the host institution.

Institutions
All institutions of higher education in the UK (including museums) are eligible to host an artist in residence. The institution undertakes to provide a sympathetic environment for the visiting artist, and will take responsibility for all administrative aspects of the residency.

Value
The award covers a stipend for the resident artist, plus up to £2,500 for costs associated with the artist's activity, e.g. consumables or materials. The maximum total cost can be up to £12,500 overall for a typical residency.

Early Career Fellowships
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/early_career_fellowships/

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 70 Fellowships will be available in 2010. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Applicants
• May not currently hold, or have already held, a full-time established (i.e. permanent) academic position in a UK university or comparable institution in the UK.
• Should normally hold a degree from a UK higher education institution by the time of taking up the Fellowship. Those without a UK degree will be considered if, at the time of application, they hold an academic position in the UK. It is likely that applications from candidates having an association with the UK academic community of less than two years' duration will be strengthened by a move of employing institution.
• Should normally be under age 35 and hold an awarded doctorate or have equivalent research experience at the time of taking up the award. Applications from those aged 35 and over will be considered if they began their academic studies at a later age than is usual or if they have had a career change or break.
• May, when registered for a doctorate, apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date, and confirmation of this will be required as part of the application procedure.

Value
The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6000 to further his or her research activities.

Research Fellowships
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/research_fellowships/

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

Applicants
• Must be resident in the UK at the time of application.
• Should be able to demonstrate experience and academic background sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed programme of research.
• May not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for profession or vocational qualifications.

Value
The maximum value of a Fellowship is £45,000. The awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings. Please note that the awards cannot provide funds for salary costs for those otherwise without a salary.

Emeritus Fellowships
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/emeritus_fellowships/

Emeritus Fellowships assist senior established researchers to complete a research project that has already been begun and to prepare the results for publication.

Applicants
• Must be resident in the UK at the time of application.
• Should hold or have held a teaching and/or research post in a university or comparable institution in the UK at the time of retirement.
• Should have retired by the time of taking up the Fellowship and no longer have a normal contract of employment.

Value
The maximum value of a Fellowship is £22,000. Eligible costs include: travel and subsistence costs for periods away from home; the employment of a research, clerical or secretarial assistant to support (rather than conduct) the work of the applicant; photocopies; photographic expenses; office or laboratory consumables.

Please note that there is no provision for a personal maintenance allowance or remuneration for the applicant under this scheme.

Philip Leverhulme Prizes
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/philip_leverhulme_prizes/

Philip Leverhulme Prizes are awarded to outstanding scholars or practitioners (normally under the age of 36) who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and whose future contributions are held to be of correspondingly high promise. Approximately 25 Prizes are available each year across the five topics which are offered.

The Prizes commemorate the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of the Founder.

Topics
For the 2010 competition the selected disciplines are:
• Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
• History of Art
• Law
• Mathematics and Statistics
• Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History
The disciplines selected are intentionally broad, and nominations will be considered irrespective of a nominee's departmental affiliation.

Value
Each Prize has a value of £70,000; use should be made of the award over a two or three year period. Prizes can be used for any purpose which can advance the Prize holder's research or practice, with the exception of enhancing the Prize holder's salary.

Nominees
Nominees must hold a post (irrespective of the source of funding) in a UK institution of higher education, research, or registered charity and should be under age 36 on 17 May 2010. However, nominations are accepted for those aged 36 to 39 inclusive if they have had a distinct career change or break.

Major Research Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/major_research_fellowships/

These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years.

The award is made to the institution at which the successful Fellow is employed, and takes the form of providing a replacement staff member to cover the period of the Fellowship.

Applicants
Applicants must be employed at an eligible UK institution at the time of application and throughout the duration of the Fellowship. Applicants must be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, which has been sufficient to have won international recognition. When assessing applications the Trust gives particular weight to those cases where a particularly onerous teaching or administrative load in recent years has impeded the applicant's research progress.

Institutions
Applicants must be employed by a university or other institution of higher or further education in the UK.

Value
The Fellowships fund the salary costs (normally starting at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) of a full-time individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship.

A Major Research Fellow may be awarded research expenses up to an annual maximum of £5,000. If such funds are required they must be requested in the budget submitted as part of the application procedure.

 


British Academy
The British Academy provides research funding to postdoctoral level scholars in all subjects within the remit of humanities and social sciences. Its research funding strategy is focussed on supporting ideas, individuals and intellectual resources, and it delivers this strategic priority through schemes for research grants, research posts, research development, conference grants, individual and joint projects and the facilitation of world-class international research.

British Academy grants, including Small Research Grants, Overseas Conference Grants, BARDAs and Senior Research Fellowships are generally open to scholars working in museums and art galleries, provided that the funding being requested is for research purposes and not practical purposes.

Small Research Grants
http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/srg.cfm

Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. The first recourse for funding should be to your own institution (where applicable). Applications will not be considered for less than £500. The maximum grant is £7,500 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of £7,500. The Academy will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to mode of enquiry.

All applications should demonstrate that Academy funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the Academy-funded component of the research.

Overseas Conference Grants
http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/ocg.cfm

Grants are available for the travel expenses of a scholar delivering a paper at a conference abroad.
• Level of award: Up to £900.
• Further information: View Frequently Asked Questions.
• Two rounds annually

British Academy Research Development Awards (BARDAs)
http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/barda.cfm

The purpose of these awards is to enable established scholars to develop a significant research project. Applications are particularly encouraged from scholars who can demonstrate that they are developing an innovative line of research, with the potential to make a significant difference to their field and to their career profile. Priority will be given to applicants who have at least five years postdoctoral experience.

Applications for collaborative or individual research projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

BARDAs provide a flexible package of support from which the applicant is free to choose which elements will best facilitate the successful achievement of a distinctive programme of research. Applicants may choose to focus their research effort over a concentrated bloc of time, or to spread their research effort, in shorter recurrent periods, over up to three years. Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the research expenses of an approved programme of activity; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops, or visits by or to partner scholars.
Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of award. The Academy will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to mode of enquiry.

Awards are not intended to support interchange between UK and overseas scholars where there is no planned programme of activity to meet a clearly specified research objective; nor are they intended to support attendance at open conferences organised by a third party or international organisation.

All applications should demonstrate that Academy funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the Academy-funded component of the project.

The BARDA scheme replaces the Larger Research Grants and Research Leave Fellowships schemes, which are no longer offered by the Academy.

Financial basis of the scheme: This scheme is covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime. Proposals will be considered for projects costing between £15,000 and £150,000 at Full Economic Costs, lasting for up to three years. The Academy will contribute 80% of the Full Economic Costs of the project (£12,000 to £120,000). If an award is offered, the host institution must ensure that any part of the Full Economic Costs of the project not funded by the British Academy award is committed to the project before it starts.

This scheme is intended to support relatively small-scale research programmes, and it is expected that the majority of awards will be made towards the middle of the eligible price range.


British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships

British Academy Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship
http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/srf.cfm

The purpose of these awards, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Thank-Offering to Britain Fund respectively, and administered by the British Academy, is to provide a period of research leave for one year for established scholars during which they will be able to concentrate on bringing a major piece of research towards completion while their normal teaching and administrative duties are covered by a full-time replacement. The Fellowships are tenable for one year beginning in the autumn of 2010.

These awards are not covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime. Institutions are not expected to complete a financial appendix to accompany applications made under the scheme as the only cost payable will be the salary of the replacement lecturer, who should be appointed at the usual starting salary for first-time appointments, together with associated employers' costs of NI and USS (and London Allowance where applicable). No other directly incurred, directly allocated or indirect cost can be met by the British Academy or the Leverhulme Trust in connection with this award.

• Eligibility: The Academy takes no account of an applicant's age or current status (eg Professor, Lecturer) in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected to be able to disseminate the results of their research not only through publications, but also through feeding into their future academic career after the end of the awards. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable for support. 


The Mark Fitch Fund
The Marc Fitch Fund is an educational charity established by Marc Fitch (1908-1994) in 1956. It is governed by a Council of Management who are the charity’s trustees.

What is funded:
The Marc Fitch Fund offers awards to individuals and organisations for research and publication in the fields of archaeology, historical geography, history of art and architecture, heraldry and genealogy, surnames, catalogues of and use of archives, conservation of artefacts, and other antiquarian, archaeological or historical studies. The Fund's focus is on the regional and local history of the British Isles.

What is not funded:
Grants are not awarded for foreign travel or for research outside the United Kingdom unless the circumstances are very exceptional.

Awards are not made to students in connection with vocational or educational courses of any kind; assistance cannot be given to those reading for higher degrees.
Awards are not made for building works or for mounting exhibitions; the Fund does not contribute to appeals.

http://www.marcfitchfund.org.uk/


The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
The Centre (which is a member of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History ARIAH) has two complementary purposes: to contribute to the understanding of British art and architecture and to act as a research centre for scholars working in this field. Some of the following grants have to be applied for by the institution others by the individual.

Grants with September deadlines:

Curatorial Research Grants
To help institutions undertake research for a particular exhibition or installation of British art (up to three years)

Publications Grants (Author)
For costs incurred by authors on books, catalogues of exhibitions or permanent collections of British fine and decorative arts and architecture 

Publications Grants (Publisher)
For costs incurred by publishers or institutions on books, catalogues of exhibitions or permanent collections of British fine and decorative arts and architecture
 
Research Support Grants
To contribute towards travel and subsistence expenses for scholars engaged in research on the history of British art or architecture

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Research Support Grant
This grant was instigated by the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust (www.barns-grahamtrust.org.uk) in 2009 and will be administered by the Paul Mellon Centre. It will be awarded annually to assist scholars and researchers in the field of 20th Century British painting 

Grants with January deadlines:

Senior Fellowships
For established scholars in the field of British art to complete a manuscript or book for immediate publication (up to twelve months)

The Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship
Based at the British School at Rome for scholars working on aspects of the Grand Tour or on Anglo-Italian visual culture (up to four months) 

Postdoctoral Fellowships
To transform doctoral research into publishable form (up to six months) 

Junior Fellowships
For scholars in the advanced stages of doctoral research to pursue further study in the UK (based at The Paul Mellon Centre) or in the USA (based at the Yale Center for British Art) (up to three months)

Research Support Grants
To contribute towards travel and subsistence expenses for scholars engaged in research on the history of British art or architecture download full details and application form


Crafts Council
The national development agency for contemporary crafts in the UK. They act as an exchange for knowledge of, support for and expertise on contemporary crafts. Their strategy is to position the UK as the global centre for the making, seeing and collecting of contemporary craft.

Spark Plug Awards
http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/professional-development/for-curators/spark-plug-curator-awards/

Spark Plug Awards help curators to develop innovative exhibition Concepts over the course of a year. The Spark Plug Curator Award programme offers successful applicants £5,000 as active support to develop an ambitious, innovative and high quality exhibition project that engages with contemporary craft. Each award lasts for the fixed period of one year of research activity


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Although this funding is for museums it might enable an individual to complete a piece of research etc. which they would not be able to do otherwise with the backing of their institution.

Museum and Heritage Collections Strand
http://www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk/funding/museums-heritage.html

Background: why the Museum & Heritage Collections strand?
The Foundation has a longstanding interest in preserving and providing public access to collections of significance. The Foundation continues to have a broader interest in strengthening the heritage sector through our Main Fund, which will continue to build on our previous work that has supported museums and other heritage organisations with grants towards staffing, exhibitions and skills development.

The Museum & Heritage Collections strand will specifically build on our previous collections work, which has supported museums and other heritage organisations with grants towards curatorial work, conservation and collections management.

The strand complements previous schemes such as the Regional Museums Initiative which aimed to improve access to and understanding of collections by encouraging the research and development of ambitious exhibition programmes. It also complements on-going support to projects such as the Museums Association’s Effective Collections programme, funded by the Foundation, which aims to make more effective use of the nation’s collections by encouraging long loans and a more active approach to disposals.

Purpose: what is the Museum & Heritage Collections strand aiming to achieve?
We aim to support collections work including research, documentation and conservation that is outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources.


The Economic and Social Research Council
There may be occasions when your research may fall into the ESRC domain. The most important condition for you to consider is copied below:
Impact and engagement: The ESRC expects that the researchers it funds will have identified the potential scientific, societal and economic impacts of their research, and will actively consider how these can be maximised and developed. Opportunities for making an impact may arise, and should be taken, at any stage during or after the life-course of the research, and this should be reflected in the research plan.

They have a wide range of grants although few will be of use to Art Historians except in the above circumstances.

http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/index_academic.aspx


Wingate Scholarships
Wingate Scholarships are awarded to outstanding individuals of great potential or proven excellence who need financial support to undertake creative or original work of intellectual, scientific, artistic, social or environmental value and to musicians for advanced training.

Applicants need to be at least 24 and there is no upper age limit. The Scholarship Committee welcomes applications from mature candidates and those from non-traditional academic backgrounds, as well as those who have had to overcome difficult financial or social circumstances. They must be citizens of the UK, the Commonwealth, Israel or Ireland, or citizens of Council of Europe member countries (provided they have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least 3 years).

Awards are offered for independent research in most subjects, and aim to provide funding for multi-disciplinary projects that may not fall into any of the conventional funding categories. The scholarships are designed to help with the costs of a specific project lasting up to three years. The maximum award for one year is £10,000, although the trustees are seldom able to provide this amount. To avoid disappointment, only individuals who can clearly demonstrate they meet the criteria should consider applying. In 2009 out of 611 applications received, 98 candidates were interviewed and 37 awards were given, representing only a 6% chance of success.

http://www.wingatescholarships.org.uk/index.php


The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965 and many thousands of people, out of respect for the man and in gratitude for his inspired leadership, gave generously to a public subscription which now funds Travelling Fellowships and Bursaries at Churchill College Cambridge, based on the Trust’s Object of:

“The advancement and propagation of education in any part of the world for the benefit of British citizens of all walks of life in such exclusively charitable manner that such education will make its recipients more effective in their life and work, whilst benefiting themselves and their communities, and ultimately the UK as a whole”.

Each year approximately 100 Fellowships are awarded for a wide range of projects. Churchill Fellows can be of any age and in any occupation. Everyone has an equal chance; a lack of qualifications is not a bar to an award as every application is judged on the worth of the individual and the merit of the project. All British citizens resident in the UK are eligible for the annual awards.

Applicants must demonstrate that their project is feasible and worthwhile, and of real benefit to their community and to the UK on return. The Fellowships involve overseas travel for between 4 to 8 weeks, but can be longer, and all travelling and living expenses are covered by a grant.

Fellows receive a travel grant to cover return and internal travelling, daily living and insurance within the countries visited. For 2009 the average grant was £5500.

The Council will select annual categories in March 2010 from within ten broad categories.

All of the following categories have previously awarded to arts, conservation and museum subjects.

Arts & Crafts
http://www.wcmt.org.uk/report-categories/the-arts-craft.html

Education & Training
http://www.wcmt.org.uk/report-categories/education-training.html

Young People
http://www.wcmt.org.uk/report-categories/education-training.html

Professions & Public Services
http://www.wcmt.org.uk/report-categories/professions-public-services.html

Citizen & Society
http://www.wcmt.org.uk/report-categories/citizen-society.html