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Mead Fellowships & Final Project Awards

Celine Marie Weninger - Mead Scholarship winner

The Mead Awards have been generously supported by Scott Mead 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 10 subject areas, and across all UAL Colleges:

  • 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.

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.

  • Application for the 2019 award is now closed. The 2020 Final Project Awards will open in October 2019.

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.

Please note: the Mead Final Project Award replaces the Mead Scholarship award.

Mead Fellowships

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 2018.

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 2019 to July 2020 (after graduation).

There is a 3-stage applications process:

Stage #1 applications

1. Download and complete the Mead Fellowship application form (Word 868KB)

2. Upload your application online

  • Deadline: 9am on Monday 25 February 2019
  • Applications are shortlisted in March 2019
  • 30-40 applications go through to Stage #2

Stage #2 applications

We invite the shortlist to attend another Briefing in March. They then submit a longer, more detailed application (deadline: 7 May 2019). About 9 applicants are selected to go through to the final stage of the process – the Mead pitch.

Stage #3 - the Mead Fellowships pitch

The Mead Fellowships pitch is on Friday 14 June 2019. 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 2019.

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:

  • Workspace/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: Students Fees and Funding.

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. 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).
  • 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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