Mead Scholarships & Fellowships

MEAD Scholarships and Fellowships

For UAL students & graduates in the pursuit of excellence

Quote from MEAD Fellowship awardee Iyvonne Khoo
Designer: Adam Hayes.

Iyvonne Khoo > Multimedia artist > MEAD Fellowship

Iyvonne Khoo > MEAD Fellowship
Photographer: Ivan Jones, Designer: Adam Hayes

Iyvonne Khoo > Multimedia artist > MEAD Fellowship

Medusae by Iyvonne Khoo
Medusae by Iyvonne Khoo

Iyvonne Khoo > Multimedia artist > MEAD Fellowship

Phoebe Baines > MEAD Scholarship
Photographer: Ivan Jones, Designer: Adam Hayes

Phoebe Baines > Sculptor > MEAD Scholarship

Quote from MEAD Scholarship recipient Phoebe Baines
Designer: Adam Hayes

Phoebe Baines > Sculptor > MEAD Scholarship

These scholarships and fellowships are designed to help you develop your creative practice.

Each year we award those who have demonstrated outstanding ideas in their practice so far. This can be in a wide range of creative disciplines, or in the use of creative solutions across other industries.

Mead Scholarships provide three awards of up to £2,500. These are for undergraduate students nearing the end of their penultimate year at the time of applying.

Mead Fellowships provide two awards of up to £10,000. These are for final year students (undergraduate and postgraduate) nearing completion of their degrees at the time of applying and recent graduates (up to one year after date of graduation).

The Mead Programme is managed by Careers and Employability and generously supported by philanthropist Scott Mead. Scott is a fine art photographer, philanthropist and investor based in London for over 20 years.

Who can apply

The Mead Scholarships are open to:

  • UAL BA (Hons) second year students at time of application.

All Mead Scholarships candidates must have completed their second year by the time of undertaking the scholarship.

The Mead Fellowships are open to:

  • UAL BA/BSc (Hons) third year students at time of application,
  • UAL MA/MSc postgraduate students at time of application,
  • UAL PgDip students at time application,
  • PhD students,
  • recent graduates, having graduated less than one year before the time of application. For instance, if your graduation ceremony was on 15 July 2014, you would need to submit your application before 15 July 2015.

All Mead Fellowships candidates must have graduated by the time they undertake the fellowship.

Applications are open to individuals irrespective of their nationality or country of residence. Please note recipients of the AHRC Scholarships are not eligible to apply, due to the terms and conditions set out by AHRC.

Key dates and application process

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 24 April 2017.
All applications should be submitted via the online portal:

Download the application guidelines:

Mead Application Guidelines 2017 (WORD 351KB)


1. Application

All candidates are invited to submit a PDF proposal (max 10 pages, plus a title sheet) via the online application portal. The proposal should address all the elements outlined below.

All candidates are also required to submit an academic reference from a UAL Tutor/Course Leader/Course Director/Dean. Reference letters can be submitted via the portal or emailed the directly to The reference letter is an essential part of the application and candidates without a reference will not be considered.

Mead proposal must include (max 10 pages, plus title sheet)

  • Introduction –description of the proposed project
  • Target outcomes – outline of anticipated outcomes including any wider benefits to an industry, sector or community
  • Professional development – how the results/outcomes/benefits will positively affect your studies or help you develop your practice
  • Promotion –how you are going to disseminate the results of your project so that the benefits reach the widest audience.
  • Skills and commitment –give evidence that you can fulfill your plans to a high standard and that you possess a strong commitment to your chosen subject.
  • Samples of work (max 5 images) – please include captions with images
  • Proposed budget – outline how you plan to use the scholarship or fellowship funding
  • Project schedule – show how you plan to carry out the project from beginning to end, detailing specific tasks and corresponding dates. This can be in the form of a ‘Gantt chart’
  • CV(2 pages max) – NB please remove personal contact details before submitting. If you are applying as a team/partnership, please upload additional CVs separately using the space at the end of the online form

Once you have prepared your application, please submit it via the application link at the top of this page.

2. Shortlistings

Proposals will be shortlisted by UAL and results will be announced via email.

3. Presentation to judges

Shortlisted applicants will be required to deliver a live presentation to the judging panel.

4. Winners announced

Winners will be announced in July 2017.