Research grants

The Georgian Group/BSECS Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship in Architectural History and Material Culture

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The award, jointly funded by the Georgian Group and the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, is intended to facilitate a one-month research visit by a member of The Georgian Group to the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library in the University of Oxford. Applications will be considered from candidates seeking to research projects relating to the architecture or material culture (for example, sculpture) of the long eighteenth century (1660-1840).

The award (£1,500) is part-funded from the proceeds of the bequest from Mrs Armida Dunscombe Colt and is named in her honour.

Eligibility for the award

Members of The Georgian Group and BSECS in good standing at the time of application may apply. Non-EEA applicants are reminded that to take up fellowships they must hold an appropriate visa.


Fellowships must be taken up in the calendar year the fellowship is awarded.
Recipients are expected to be in residence in Oxford for one month and are encouraged to take part in the activities of the University of Oxford.

How to apply
Applications for 2024 are open from 1st September 2023. The deadline for applications is 1st February 2024. To apply, visit the Bodleian website.

Previous holders of the Fellowship:

2014 PETER LINDFIELD, School of Art History, University of St Andrews and Kunsthochschule, University of Kassel. Gothic Histories and Buildings of the Long Eighteenth Century

2015 DAVID MCKINSTRY, Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Interpreting Urban Italy: English Responses to Post-Antique Architecture in the Early 19th Century

2016 CAROLINE STANFORD, Historian and Head of Engagement, The Landmark Trust, London. Before Coade: The Origins of Artificial Stone in the Long Eighteenth Century

2018 JULIE PARK, Research Associate, Huntington Library, California. Extra-Illustrated Book Making and the Art of Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century

2019 ELIZABETH DEANS, History of Art Department, University of York. Architects' Books: Materiality of Practice in England, ca. 1660-1740