The Headley Fellowships with Art Fund give curators focused time to research their collections either on a full-time basis for six months or part-time over the course of a year, providing funding for their posts to be backfilled.
Fellows additionally receive funds towards their proposed training and research project which can be assigned towards travel, training opportunities, courses of study and more.
Made possible by the support of the Headley Trust, the scheme is especially intended to support those museums and galleries facing the most acute funding challenges.
The programme aims to:
Proposed projects should:
Applicants should normally be:
The scheme is intended to support fellows in museums that are facing the most acute funding challenges, especially local authority museums, independent museums and those operating in the regions. National museums based in London are not eligible to apply directly, although we welcome and encourage their involvement as partners in collaborative projects.
We will accept applications from national museums outside London where they can make a strong case for meeting the aims of the fellowships.
The fellowship is budgeted at a fixed fee of £19,250, based on 0.5 FTE for 12 months, as per the Museums Association’s 2017 salary guidelines for senior curator level.
This would provide funding for the museum to backfill the fellow’s post, releasing them to undertake their period of research and development. There is flexibility for fellows to allocate this time in a way that meets their particular needs and makes most sense in terms of their role and the museum’s wider priorities (eg full time for six months, or part-time for 12 months).
Each fellow will additionally receive up to £5,000 towards their proposed training and research project. There is also a modest allocation of funds available for fellows to undertake their proposed knowledge-sharing activity.