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Humanities awards

Awards are offered to scholars at all stages of their academic careers.

Senior Fellowships

The Balsdon, Hugh Last and Paul Mellon Centre Fellows are the Senior Scholars in residence and as such are encouraged to take an interest in the work of other award-holders at the BSR, particularly those in fields close to their own, and to contribute to one of the BSR’s current research themes. Senior scholars also give a public lecture as part of their fellowship

Balsdon Fellowship

Research area: the archaeology, art history, history, society and culture of Italy, from prehistory to the modern period

Open to: established scholars normally in post in a UK university. Applicants must be British or Commonwealth citizens, or must have studied at postgraduate level in a Higher Education Institution in the UK, having completed by October 2016 not less than four years of residence in the UK; or must hold a post in a Higher Education Institution in the UK

Duration: 3 months

Closing date: 17 January 2017

Hugh Last Fellowship

Research area: For research on classical antiquity (excluding archaeological fieldwork and work on Roman Britain)

Open to: established scholars normally in post in a UK university

Duration: 3 months

Closing date: 17 January 2017

 

Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art sponsors an annual 3-month Rome Fellowship

Research area: Anglo-Italian artistic and architectural topics

Open to: Senior or mid-career scholars in the field, including independent scholars

Duration: 3 months

Research Grant: Independent scholars: £6,000. Full-time university employees: £2,300 plus £7,500  towards teaching replacement at the Fellow’s home institution

Closing date: 31 January 2017

For further information see Paul Mellon Centre: Rome Fellowship

Awards for Early Career Scholars

Rome Fellowships

Research area: the archaeology, art history, history, society and culture of Italy, from prehistory to the modern period

Open to: applicants for Fellowships normally must be within three years of the award of their doctorate at the closing date for applications (so awarded no earlier than January 2014). Applicants must be British citizens or must have been awarded their doctorate by a UK university

Duration: 9 months

Research Grant: £550 per month.

Closing date: 17 January 2017

Rome Scholarships

Research area: the archaeology, art history, history, society and culture of Italy, from prehistory to the modern period.

Open to: applicants for Scholarships will have begun a programme of research and be registered for a higher degree. Applicants must be British citizens or must be registered for a higher degree at a UK university

Duration: 9 months

Research Grant: £500 per month

Closing date: 17 January 2017

Rome Awards

Research area: the archaeology, art history, history, society and culture of Italy, from prehistory to the modern period

Open to: applicants should meet the eligibility criteria for either a Rome Fellowship or a Rome Scholarship

Duration: for an extended period of study in Italy, normally 3 months

Research Grant : £450 per month

Closing date: 17 January 2017

Rome Award funded by the Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust

Research area: the archaeology, art history, history, society and culture of Italy, from prehistory to the modern period

Open to: applicants normally will have begun a programme of research in the general field for which the Award is being sought, whether or not registered for a higher degree. Applicants must be British or Commonwealth citizens; or must be studying or have studied at postgraduate level in a Higher Education Institution in the UK, having completed by October 2016 not less than four years of residence in the UK

Duration: 3 months

Research Grant : £450 per month

Closing date: 17 January 2017

Judith Maitland Memorial Award

Research area: preference will be given to applicants undertaking research in the fields of medieval or ancient history

Open to: applicants normally will have begun a programme of research in the general field for which the Award is being sought, whether or not registered for a higher degree. Applicants must be British or Commonwealth citizens; or must be studying or have studied at postgraduate level in a Higher Education Institution in the UK, having completed by October 2016 not less than four years of residence in the UK

Duration: 3 months

Research Grant : £450 per month

Closing date: 17 January 2017

Applications for Rome Fellowships, Rome Scholarships, Rome Awards, the Rome Award funded by the Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust and the Judith Maitland Memorial Award are considered in a single competition. Separate applications are not required. Preference may be given to those who have completed their doctorate.

 

Henry Moore Foundation-BSR Fellowship in Sculpture

Research area: Sculpture: Reproduction, Re-use, Revelation

Details of this Fellowship are still being finalised. Information upon the 2017-18 Fellowship will be given as soon as available; but the information for 2016-17 is given below, for reference.

Applicants should offer projects that are rooted in an understanding of sculpture from any period, but which reference Italian practice, again from any period. Specific areas of interest for the BSR include: Sculpture and the concept of the copy and the fake; sculpture and spolia; Sculpture and the public arena.

Open to: Applicants must have been awarded their doctorate before the closing date for applications. Although the Fellowship is not envisaged as a studio residency, we strongly welcome practice-based researchers.

Duration: 3 months (October-December 2016).

Research Grant: £1,500 per month.

Closing date: Friday 19 February 2016.

Selection criteria for the Balsdon and Hugh Last Fellowships

In making an appointment to an award the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters will assess all applications using the following set of criteria:

      1. The academic merit of the applicant judged by his/her previous record and references, including her/his prospects of making a future contribution to scholarship.
      2. The inherent academic significance and interest of the project proposed, and the feasibility of completion to the timetable stated.
      3. The relationship of the project to the BSR’s current research themes.
      4. The suitability of the project for the BSR, bearing in mind its location, resources and access to resources.
      5. The suitability of the candidate to contribute to the academic community of the BSR and the need to ensure a reasonable balance between different disciplines and chronological periods within the BSR’s academic community.
      6. The role of the Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards in promoting Italian studies in Britain and the Commonwealth.

Selection criteria for Rome Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards

In making an appointment to an award the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters will assess all applications using the following set of criteria:

      1. The academic merit of the applicant judged by his/her previous record and references, including her/his prospects of making a future contribution to scholarship.
      2. The inherent academic significance and interest of the project proposed, and the feasibility of completion to the timetable stated.
      3. The suitability of the project for the BSR, bearing in mind its location, current research themes, resources and access to resources.
      4. The suitability of the candidate to contribute to the academic community of the BSR and the need to ensure a reasonable balance between different disciplines and chronological periods within the BSR’s academic community.
      5. The role of the Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards in promoting Italian studies in Britain and the Commonwealth.

Selection criteria for the Henry Moore Foundation-BSR Fellowship in Sculpture

Candidates will be judged against the following criteria:

        1. The merit of the applicant judged by his/her previous record and references, including her/his prospects of making a contribution to scholarship.
        2. The inherent significance and interest of the project proposed (bearing in mind the feasibility of completion on the timetable stated).
        3. The suitability of the project for the BSR, bearing in mind its location, current research themes, resources and access to resources.
        4. The suitability of the candidate to contribute to the community of the BSR.

General conditions (see also conditions for each opportunity)

          1. All applicants must have a first degree at the time of application.
          2. Applications must be submitted on the appropriate application form.
          3. Residencies will be tenable in the academic year (October – June) 2017-18.
          4. The BSR is committed to offering opportunities to the widest possible range of projects and people. Normally two successive awards for the same project will not be considered.
          5. Fellows, Scholars and Award-holders are required to live at the BSR.
          6. Partners may be accommodated for strictly limited periods by prior agreement but must pay for their board and lodging at the BSR’s prevailing rates. Children cannot be accommodated.
          7. Successful applicants will be required to take out medical insurance for the duration of their tenure.
          8. Fellows, Scholars and Awardees are required to submit a report on their research within two months of the end of their award, and are requested to keep BSR informed of future progress. Rome Fellows and Scholars must also prepare a report during their residency.
          9. Fellows, Scholars and Awardees are expected to give Papers of the British School at Rome first refusal on any papers arising from the research undertaken at the BSR.
          10. Fellows, Scholars and Awardees are asked to donate a copy of any publications arising from their research whilst holding a BSR award to the BSR’s Library.

The Faculty’s decisions are final. Feedback cannot be given on unsuccessful applications.

The BSR reserves the right to alter any aspect of the Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards.

Award-holders at the BSR

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