Our Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants support UK curators, museum professionals and researchers to undertake travel or other activities that will extend and develop their curatorial expertise, collections-based knowledge and art historical interests.
The grants are available to support, for example:
- travel and accommodation for research trips and conferences
- museum and exhibition visits
- training courses and programmes of study
- other kinds of activity where a strong case can be made for its contribution to the development of curatorial skills and collections-based research projects
Please note the next application deadline for large grants (£2,001+) is 19 February 2020.
Who should apply
The programme is open to curators and other museum professionals, including researchers and academics, who are:
- employed by or working in partnership with museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation, or with arts organisations which have charitable status and regularly programme exhibitions
If you are not based in a museum or gallery we ask that you provide a letter of support from a fully or provisionally accredited public collection. Please note that grants are paid to the supporting institution and cannot be paid to individuals.
We can consider applications from more than one applicant and we recognise that activities such as research for exhibition development can benefit from collaborative trips, particularly with colleagues across departments. However, we are unlikely to consider applications with more than three joint applicants.
Credits and acknowledgments
This programme was established with the support of Jonathan Ruffer and Anthony Mould, who share our belief in the importance of developing curatorial skills and supporting serious research.