Applications are now invited for five Understanding British Portraits bursaries

We’re pleased to announce that five Bursaries are now available to early career professionals to assist them in developing their portrait specialism.


Four Bursaries are available to staff working in Accredited collections, and one is sponsored by National Trust and available only to National Trust staff.


Bursaries are valued at £500 each, and can support a wide range of proposed projects such as the research of an individual or group of portraits, the formation of a collection, technical investigations, gallery display and interpretation, or museum-based learning programmes. Synopses of past Bursaries can be found here.


The successful candidates will devote five working days to their chosen project over a period of six months (October 2013 to March 2014 inclusive). Expenses incurred, such as travel and accommodation, will be reimbursed to the candidate up to the value of the Bursary.


Applications should take the form of a concise outline of the project (max. 500 words), including:

  • A description of the methodology and objective(s)
  • Related activity (e.g. visits to specific collections, archives, etc)
  • Proposed use of budget
  • Whether the project is one element of a larger project (e.g. developing a learning programme to accompany an exhibition or redisplay)
  • Desired outcomes and the expected beneficiaries
  • CPD benefits


Please email applications and nominations to [email protected] by 12 noon on Tuesday 3 September. ALL applications must be accompanied by a brief nomination from line managers. This must also be received by the deadline.

Guidelines for applicants

  • Past applicants for UBP Bursaries who have not been successful are welcome to apply again
  • Please begin your application with your full contact details, and those of your nominator
  • The project should be realistically achievable in the limited budget and timescale
  • Applications will be judged by the UBP Steering Group using the criteria listed above, so applicants are advised to respond to each point
  • The budget cannot be spent on conference fees, training courses, or salaries
  • Volunteers are not eligible to apply