The Mead Awards have been generously supported by Scott Mead and The Mead Family Foundation since 2013. Scott is a fine art photographer, philanthropist and investor, based in London for over 20 years.
Careers and Employability manages the awards, as part of its work supporting UAL students and graduates to make a living doing what they love.
Mead Awards are designed to help UAL students and alumni develop their creative practice. You can apply with a proposal for any arts project which adds something new to your industry / discipline, and has a positive impact on your own practice. Your arts project can be in any creative discipline which is studied at UAL.
Mead Awards aim to help you learn and reflect through the application process. We will send a short individual feedback email to all applicants, at each stage. This tells you the main points from the shortlisting panel’s discussions. We hope you will find this feedback helpful for creating future proposals, pitches and funding applications.
Projects are selected across these 11 subject areas, and across all UAL Colleges:
- AI, digital and interactive design
- Architecture / interiors, spaces, conservation
- Fashion, design, tailoring, production
- Fine Art, 2D, 3D, photography
- Visual comms, graphics, illustration media, journalism
- Film, TV, animation, sound
- Product, industrial, 3D, jewellery, textiles, materials
- Theatre, design, performance, acting, directing, writing
- Research (Mres/Phd)
- Business / management / enterprise, MBA
- Culture, Criticism, Curation
To see the range of projects so far, download our past awards (see link above).
Mead Final Project Awards
This award supports UAL BA/BSc (Hons) undergraduate students who need extra support to achieve their final major project. You can apply for a minimum of £200 and a maximum of £2,500. To apply you must be a UAL undergraduate student starting your final year. Your proposal must show how the funds would help you complete your final major project.
We welcome applications by those in receipt of a UAL Bursary or Access to Learning grant. We recognise that finances are often a barrier for these students.
The deadline for applications by students who graduate in 2020 has now passed. Applications for students who graduate in 2021 open in October 2020 (deadline in November 2020). Please revisit this page in autumn 2020 for details.
You may apply in your final year of study at UAL (either on an undergraduate or postgraduate course). Postgraduates may apply in their final year of MA / MSc / MRes / PgDip / PhD courses. You may apply as a recent graduate, if you graduated from UAL during 2019.
Fellowships are awarded for arts projects which demonstrate that they fulfill the Fellowship Award Criteria (PDF 83KB).
You can apply for funding of up to £10,000.
Your proposal must be for a single arts project (or piece of research). You must be proposing to complete this within the period September 2020 to July 2021 (after graduation). The art project cannot be completed as part of a postgraduate course.
You can attend an introductory talk for applicants:
- Book talk on Wednesday 22 January 2020, 6.30pm - 8pm at High Holborn
- Book talk on Monday 27 January 2020, 6.30pm - 8pm at London College of Communication
There is a 3 stage applications process:
Stage 1 - applications
Deadline 9am on Thursday 27 February 2020 (late applications are not accepted)
Applications are shortlisted in March 2020
20-30 applications will go through to Stage 2
Stage 2 - applications by shortlist
We invite the shortlist to attend a briefing in March 2020. They then submit a longer, more detailed application (deadline early May 2020). About 9 applicants are selected to go through to the final stage of the process – the Mead Fellowships pitch.
Stage 3 - the Mead Fellowships pitch
The Mead Fellowships pitch is in June 2020. Finalists give a short presentation about their project. This is followed by a brief Q&A session with the Mead Awards judges.
Fellowship finalists will be informed of the results by the end of June 2020.
What can Mead Awards be used for?
All costs must be related specifically to the project.
For example, your project may require purchases such as:
- Art materials and making costs (including fees for engaging extra artists/makers)
- Professional development and training
- Specialist expertise and advice
- Software, web hosting, web design costs
- Licences and permissions
- Small items of equipment
- Promotional and marketing costs, printing
- Exhibition space, venue hire
- Language-related costs (e.g. translation services)
- Travel and related costs (note: overnight accommodation is only permitted where absolutely necessary)
- Essential books and publications
Fellowships (but not Final Project Awards) might be used for:
- Work space/studio rental
- Subsistence allowances (you will have to prove that this is absolutely essential to the completion of the project)
The awards cannot be used to pay for:
- Tuition fees*
- Living expenses*
- Capital purchases (e.g. major equipment, vehicles, property ownership)
- Elective study, degree placements and/or internships.
Applicants are required to provide a strong case for their whole budget.
Winners will have to provide evidence of where the award has been spent.
* For information about fees and grants, please visit: Student Fees and Funding.
- 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. However, applicants can be named as part of a team in another submission.
- Proposals may only be submitted for 1 award each academic year, either a Final Project Award or a Fellowship (you may not apply to both).
- All applicants for the Final Project Award in 2018 will be eligible to apply in January 2020 for a Fellowship award (if applying as a 2019 graduate).
- Fellowships are not offered for the completion of a project which was started during study at UAL (though the proposal may be for a totally new project which is a development on previous projects)
- At each stage, the judges’ decision is final and correspondence will not be entered into.
- Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
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