Jerwood Bursaries

What do you need to progress your practice and/or career?

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. W

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, receive mentoring or take 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. They want you to suggest activities that will help you to learn and take control of the development of your artistic practice and career.

Due to the high level of competition for the Jerwood Bursaries, they will not fund anyone who has been working as an artist, curator or producer for less than a year and who has not had at least one piece of work professionally produced, presented, published or exhibited.

If funding is awarded, all activity must begin after 4 November 2019 and be completed by December 2020.


What kind of activities can you apply for?

  • mentoring, coaching, critical feedback
  • professional and/or specialised training
  • taking part in conferences or workshops
  • self-initiated residencies
  • networking and/or membership of artistic networks
  • learning specific skills and knowledge
  • undertaking early-stage research and first tests


  • They expect all applicants to include a fee for themselves and fees can be up to 100% of the budget.
  • In line with their commitments to fair pay, and to access and inclusion, applicants should not use their own funds or make a personal contribution towards the activity.
  • They can cover the costs of travel in the UK, but not outside the UK.
  • If required, additional financial support can be requested for access costs and/or to cover caring responsibilities.
  • Please read  Jerwood Bursaries FAQ for further information.
  • You can apply for any amount between £250 and £1,250.
  • For this fund, they expect to be the sole funder of the activity.
  • You may also want to show small in-kind contributions, for example, where you have been offered a space or a mentor (who has a salary from another source) has agreed to give their time for free.
  • There is no requirement to show any other confirmed financial support.


 You cannot apply if you

  • are an organisation, or on behalf of an organisation
  • are in, or want funding for, formal education courses, including tuition fees, living costs and associated materials
  • applied to the first round of the Jerwood Bursaries 2019
  • want funding to work or travel internationally
  • want project funding to make or present work

Fund opens for applications: 15 July 2019
Applications must be received by: 5pm, 9 September 2019
Decisions will be communicated by: 25 October 2019

If successful, your professional development activity can begin on or after 4 November 2019.


Selection and decision-making process

Based on our experience, we anticipate we will receive around 500 applications for this round of the Jerwood Bursaries and will be able to make between 20-25 awards.

Eligibility check and longlist: all applications will be reviewed by Jerwood Arts staff members who will meet to decide on a longlist of eligible applications.

Artist Adviser assessment: each application on the longlist will be reviewed and scored by at least two Artist Adviserswith expertise relevant to the proposed activity. They will assess: the quality of the applicants’ practices; how well the professional development activity has been chosen and planned; and the potential impact of the activity on the applicants’ practices.

Panel: the Artist Advisers and Jerwood Arts staff scoring and comments are combined and discussed at a panel meeting including at least two Artist Advisers and Jerwood Arts staff members.

Published on:
2 Aug 2019


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