Careers and Employability offers two mentoring programmes to support your personal and professional development.
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 3 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 2 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 1 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.
Mead Scholarships are open to:
All Mead Scholarships candidates must have completed their penultimate year, by the time of undertaking the scholarship, so that the project will usually occur in their final year.
Mead Fellowships are open to (at the time of the final Stage #3 of the applications process):
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.
Only 1 application is permitted per named applicant, but applicants can be named as part of a team in another submission.
Projects may only be submitted once, to 1 scheme - either Scholarship or Fellowship.
PLEASE NOTE: the 2017 selection process is now underway, and the competition for 2017 is closed.
There is a 3 stage process for applications to the MEAD Fellowships and Scholarships:
Between 30-40 of the Stage #1 applications will be shortlisted, with projects selected across these 10 subject areas and from UAL colleges:
• Architecture/ interiors, spaces, conservation
• Fashion, design, tailoring, production
• Fine Art, 2D, 3D, photography
• Visual comms, graphics, illustration media, journalism
• Film, TV, animation
• Product, industrial, 3D, jewellery, textiles, materials
• Theatre, design, performance, acting, directing, writing
• Research (Mres/Phd)
• Business/ management/ enterprise, MBA
• Culture Criticism Curation
Shortlisted applicants from Stage #1 are invited (by email) to submit a longer, more detailed application.
Full details of the Stage #2 application process are sent to the shortlisted applicants by email, along with an invitation to attend a MEAD Applicants’ Workshop.
About 10 of the Stage #2 applications make it through to the final stage of the process – the MEAD pitch. These 10 or so students will be asked to give a short pitch about their project, followed by a brief Q&A session with the panel.
The panel selects 5 winning projects: 3 MEAD scholarships and 2 MEAD Fellowships.
Winners are announced in July.