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 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.

Who can apply

Mead Scholarships are open to:

  • UAL BA (Hons) undergraduate students in their penultimate year, i.e. the year before the final one.

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):


  • UAL BA/BSc (Hons) students in their final year


  • UAL MA/MSc/MRes students in their final year
  • UAL PgDip in their final year
  • PhD students, in their final year

UAL Alumni:

  • Graduates whose graduation ceremony at UAL happened during the 12 months prior to the Stage #3 application (which is in June each year).

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

General guidelines:

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.

Key dates and application process

Please note that 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:

Stage #1 applications

Next deadline: late February/early March 2018 - exact date to be confirmed

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

Stage #2 applications

Next deadline: April 2018 - exact date to be confirmed

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.

Stage #3 - the Mead pitch

Held in June each year

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.