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 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 two-week internships for 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 2019. An award of £250 will be given to students at the end of the two week internship and travel expenses will be provided.

This year we will be offering the following internship projects:

National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

National Life Stories (NLS), based at the British Library, was founded in 1987, its brief being to create oral history recordings with a broad spread of the British population. Artists’ Lives was initiated by NLS in 1990 and enables British artists to create a record of their experiences in their own words to complement, enlarge and sometimes challenge accounts by other commentators. From the outset, NLS has collaborated with HMI to develop the recordings with sculptors. This Internship will involve engaging with this important resource with the aim of enabling us to improve public knowledge of and access to the collection.

Books and Sculpture

This year we initiated a new strand to our Research Programme, a series of discussion-based events, held in our Research Library, exploring the rich relationship between books and sculpture. This internship will involve undertaking research into this subject to help us think about how we might develop this side of our programme in the future.

Yorkshire Sculpture International

A celebration of sculpture in all its forms, Yorkshire Sculpture International (22 June – 29 September 2019) is presented by four world-renowned cultural institutions based in Leeds and Wakefield – the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Two internships will carry out focused research projects into the curatorial theme of the festival put forward by British artist Phyllida Barlow that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the artforms’.

To apply for any of these internships, please email a cover letter stating why an internship with the Henry Moore Institute would be suited to your research interests, and a CV to Kirstie Gregory, Research Co-ordinator, kirstie.gregory@henry-moore.org.

Deadline: Monday 12 November 2018.

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 has now passed.