Public reading room at the Paul Mellon Centre in London.

Terra Foundation for American Art-Paul Mellon Centre Fellowship

Beginning in 2018, the Terra Foundation-Paul Mellon Centre Fellowship will be offered annually to support a non-US scholar pursuing research on an aspect of Anglo-American artistic exchange. Instituted as part of a growing collaboration between the Paul Mellon Centre and the Terra Foundation, this four-month research fellowship is designed to facilitate original, rigorous, and exciting new scholarship on an aspect of the artistic relationship between Britain and the United States from 1500 to 1980. The fellowship cannot be used to support research in the fields of archaeology, the current practice of architecture, or the performing arts.

This fellowship, which will be awarded for the first time in spring 2018, must be taken over a four-month period between September 2018 and September 2019. It cannot be deferred to a later academic year nor can it run concurrently with a fellowship awarded by another institution.


Applications are due January 31, 2018; awards will be announced in spring 2018.

Eligibility & Application Information  

  • As this fellowship is intended to support international scholarship, US citizens are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • The fellowship is for an individual employed at a college, university, museum or archive, or for an independent scholar.
  • The award is open to a range of individuals, from early-career postdoctoral scholars to those who are internationally recognized in their field of expertise. The Paul Mellon Centre will make allowance for applicants who have had a career break or who are established scholars without doctorates.
  • To apply, please visit the Paul Mellon Centre for British Studies online system:

Information about Funding

The Terra Foundation-Paul Mellon Centre Fellowship will provide an honorarium of £9,500. The award can be used towards replacement teaching costs at the fellow’s home institution, or for replacement curatorial staff, if required. It is administered and disbursed by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London. Please consult directly with the Paul Mellon Centre for more details about the funding uses and conditions.