Opportunities

Henry Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowships

Each year we offer a number of Fellowships to enable researchers of different backgrounds and disciplines to develop their work.

Visiting Research Fellowships are intended for artists, academics and curators working on historic and contemporary sculpture who can make particular use of the Institute’s resources: our Research Library, Archive of Sculptors’ Papers and the Leeds Sculpture Collections. Up to four Research Fellows will be given the opportunity to spend a month in Leeds.

In addition we will support up to two six-week Senior Fellowships, which are intended to give established scholars time and space to develop a research project free from usual work commitments. Both Fellowships include accommodation, travel expenses and a per diem.

The deadline to apply for our 2018-19 Visiting Research Fellowships has now passed.

Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

The Institute invites applications for a two-year fellowship, beginning in Spring 2018. Based at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, the Post-doctoral Fellow’s research focus should be pre-twentieth-century, paying particular attention to the ways in which history is engaged with in the present.

The Post-doctoral Research Fellowship is funded by The Henry Moore Foundation’s Grants Programme. The successful Fellow will receive a grant of £21,000 per annum, for two years, payable quarterly. This grant is to cover living and all research associated expenses.    

Details for applicants can be downloaded from the 'Resources' section on this page.

The deadline to apply for our 2018 Post-doctoral Research Fellowships has now passed.

Henry Moore Institute Internships

Each year we invite applications for four funded internships from students across MA programmes at UK universities. The internships are aimed at students who have an interest in sculpture and are intended to provide practical experience of working in a museum environment. Internships involve students working with our resources under the supervision of members of our curatorial team.

The internships should be completed between January and July 2018. Travel expenses and, if necessary, accommodation will be provided. An award of £250 will be given to students at the end of the two week internship.

This year the focus of the internship projects will be on the Leeds Sculpture Collections. Together, the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Museums and Galleries have built one of the strongest public collections of British sculpture in the UK. The collections are on display next door to us in Leeds Art Gallery, where the Institute curates the sculpture displays, and in 2018 the collections will also be the focus of exhibitions in the Institute’s galleries.

The Leeds Sculpture Collections comprise over 800 objects and 400 works on paper, as well as our outstanding Archive of Sculptor’s Papers. They narrate the development of sculpture being made in Britain as broadly as possible, representing neglected practitioners as well as established ones. In recent years there has been a particular focus on conceptual, performance, photographic and other expanded sculptural forms from the 1960s and 1970s, which are underrepresented in museum collections of sculpture.

The deadline to apply for our 2017-18 internships has now passed.

Henry Moore Institute Dissertation Prize

As part of the Institute's research programme, in 2018 two prizes will be awarded for extended pieces of writing on contemporary, modern or historical sculpture. At the Institute we understand the study of sculpture to encompass a wide range of approaches, mediums, disciplines and theories and we are open to receiving submissions relating to sculpture in the broadest possible sense. The Henry Moore Institute Dissertation Prizes are open to BA and MA students of all disciplines.

BA Dissertation: £200 cash prize
MA Dissertation: £300 cash prize

In addition both will receive:

  • Henry Moore Institute selected publications to the cover price value of £50.
  • Free entry to all Henry Moore Institute conferences for one year.
  • Publication of dissertation abstracts in the Henry Moore Institute newsletter.
  • Bound copies of dissertations published and entered into the Henry Moore Institute Research Library.

This Prize is for a dissertation, submitted as part of course work within the past academic year at a UK university. Dissertations should not have previously been published or be in publication.

Applicants should include a letter from their academic organisation to indicate their course and place of study as well as a letter of support from an academic tutor or supervisor.

The deadline to apply for our 2018 prize is Monday 1 October. Please email your submissions to Kirstie Gregory, Research Coordinator.