Grants & Bursaries: Grants for Art History, Association for Art History, deadline 31 March 2021 17.00 (GMT)

To further our mission to advance the study and practice of art history, the Association for Art History offer grants of up to £1,000 which provide support to aid scholarly research, to develop professional practice and to further the teaching and learning of art history at all education levels.

Find out more about the recipients of grants for art history.

What we fund

Grants to aid scholarly research include support for:

  • Organisation of symposia, conferences and workshops
  • Travel to libraries, archives and collections
  • Delivery of research findings at conferences
  • Catalogues and public engagement programmes for exhibitions
  • Access to images controlled by third party rights holders

Grants to develop professional practice within art history include:

  • Participation in museum and gallery training programmes in curatorial and public engagement areas

Grants to support the teaching and learning of art history in schools include:

  • Teachers’ continuing professional development
  • Formal and informal learning opportunities for students


Alongside our grants programme, the Association awards bursaries for doctoral students and early career researchers to attend our Annual Conference.

These competitive bursary tickets are available to those who would benefit from attending our Annual Conference. The application period for the 2021 online Annual Conference has now past, bursaries for the 2022 Annual Conference will be announce at the end of 2021.


Within our grants categories, we look particularly favourably on:

  • Projects from a wide geographic distribution throughout the UK and those that will reach broad audiences
  • Projects that promote the participation of diverse audiences and encourage new perspectives within art and art history
  • Supporting research and practice where the applicant is without institutional affiliation or the access to funding that such association would provide


We expect that the outcomes of projects we fund will include:

  • Expanding the knowledge base of art history
  • Enabling more researchers and professionals in the field, particularly those who do not have other means of support, to access essential career development opportunities
  • Helping art historians and those in related professions to build and extend their networks to facilitate their work and professional development
  • Introducing wider audiences to art history through exhibitions, publications and other public programming
  • Facilitating the teaching and learning of art history in secondary schools and thereby increasing the engagement of students at all levels with the subject


Grants are open to members of the Association who may be:

  • Academics
  • Students
  • Independent researchers
  • Teachers
  • Museum and gallery professionals
  • Artists

If you are not a member of the Association for Art History and would like further information on member benefits and how to join us, please see here for details.

What we do not fund

Grants from the Association for Art History cannot fund further or higher education (university fees, course books etc), student living expenses or unpaid internships.

Staff members and trustees of the Association for Art History and their relatives and partners are not eligible for our grants.


Research grants will be assessed according to their contribution to scholarship in art history, their academic rigour, and the relevance and need for the research in the specific area described.

Practice grants should demonstrate how the skills and experience obtained will contribute to professional development and, ultimately, to the public understanding of art history.

For all grants, the demonstrable financial need of the applicant as well as the availability of other grants to support the project or activity applied for will be considered.

Grants which leverage and help to attract additional funding are encouraged.

How to apply

Please complete the relevant application form and equality & diversity monitoring form, available to download and return to Next application deadline: 5pm 31 March 2021.

For full details, including T&C and an FAQ, please visit the Association for Art History website.


Published by Lydia McCutcheon

Lydia McCutcheon graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in History in 2019. She also holds an MSt in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on the twelfth-century miracle collections for St Thomas Becket and the stained-glass 'miracle windows' at Canterbury Cathedral explored the presentation of children and familial relationships in textual and visual narratives. Her research interests include the visual and material cultures of saints and sanctity, pilgrimage, and childhood and the family.

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