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.

To apply for either Fellowship please forward a letter of application, a 750-word research proposal, that also indicates how you will use our resources, and a CV by Monday 5 March 2018 to Kirstie Gregory, Research Co-ordinator.

Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

Henry Moore Grants supports up to three two-year Post-doctoral Research Fellowships in the field of sculpture studies.

Managed by the Henry Moore Institute, the Fellowships assist scholars who have recently completed doctoral studies to prepare a substantial publication or similar research output. The Foundation awards a grant of £21,000 per annum towards the Fellowship.

Applicants must have an affiliation with a British university department, who will act as the host to the Fellow. Fellowships run for two years and Fellows will be expected to present their work to the Henry Moore Institute on a quarterly basis.

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

The deadline to apply for our 2017-19 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.

To apply, please email a cover letter stating why an internship with the Henry Moore Institute would be suited to your research interests and complementary to your academic focus, and a CV by Monday 4 December 2017 to Kirstie Gregory, Research Co-ordinator.

Henry Moore Institute Dissertation Prize

As part of the Institute's research programme, in 2017 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 2017 prize has now passed.