Jerwood Bursaries

Jerwood Bursaries provide funding of up to £1,250 to help you explore and develop your practice by enabling you to gain new skills and knowledge. We want you to have the opportunity to pursue your interests independently and on your own terms.

A Jerwood Bursary can support your development by funding meaningful opportunities to reflect on and grow your creative practice. This might include new partners for collaboration, receiving mentoring or taking part in training, conferences and workshops. It can support development of your creative practice by covering the costs of self-initiated residencies and by supporting early-stage research and testing of brand new ideas. We want you to suggest activities that will help you to learn and take control of the development of your artistic practice and career.

We particularly welcome applications for:

  • mentoring, coaching, critical feedback
  • professional and/or specialised training
  • taking part in conferences or workshops
  • self-initiated residencies
  • networking and membership of artistic networks
  • learning specific skills and knowledge
  • research to develop your practice

In 2020 we will run two rounds of the Jerwood Bursaries.

For examples of what previous recipients have applied for, you can read about the Jerwood Bursaries awarded over two rounds in 2019.

A strong application will say how the activity you want us to fund will affect how you work and how you think about your creative practice. We want you to carefully consider what you can realistically achieve with the amount of funding we are offering.

  • Fund opens for applications: 22 January 2020
  • Application deadline: 5pm, 9 March 2020
  • Decisions will be communicated to applicants by: 24 April 2020

Funded activity must begin after 4 May 2020 and we cannot support activity that has taken place before this date. We expect activity to take place within 12 months of funds being awarded.

We expect to receive around 400 applications for each round of Jerwood Bursaries in 2020 and have the resources to fund 20-25 projects per round. Due to this high level of competition, it is highly unlikely we will fund anyone with less than a year of commitment to their professional practice and/or has not had at least one piece of work professionally produced, presented, published or exhibited.

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Start Date

12th December 2019

Closing Date

22nd January 2020