Sir John Soane Museum Foundation

Graduate Level Fellowships

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation traveling fellowship



Application form
Fellowship Committee

A to Z roster of some of the collections and opportunities to be found at Sir John Soane's Museum for study of:


Architectural Plans and Layouts

Architectural Models

Architectural Drawings

Art History

Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire

Antoine Watteau

Bank of England



Building Fabric

C-L. Clérisseau


Chillington Hall, near Wolverhampton, Staffordshire


Chinese Porcelains

Churches (Holy Trinity of Marylebone, 1825; St Peter's of Liverpool Grove, Walworth, 1822

St John's of Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, 1826)

Churchyard Monuments | Colored and Stained Glass

Commercial Buildings of 18th & 19th Centuries

Conservation Country Houses of the 18th & 19th Centuries


Decorative Arts

Domes and Vaults

Domestic Interiors

Drawings by French architects and artists, 16th to 18th Centuries | Dulwich Picture Gallery

Edward Dodwell

Egyptian Objects


Furnishing Plans

George Dance the Elder

George Dance the Younger

Greek Antiquities

Historic Furnishing

Historic Interiors

Illuminated Manuscripts from the 13th to 16th Centuries (English, Flemish, Dutch, French, Italian)


J. M. Gandy / Joseph Michael Gandy

J. M. W. Turner

James Playfair

John Thorpe

John Flaxman

John Adams

London Life in 1800's


Medieval Antiquities

Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire

Mood Settings


Napoleonic Medals

Natural Light and Interiors

Nos. 10 & 11 Downing Street

Painting by Hogarth

Paintings by Caneletto

Pell Wall, Shropshire

Peruvian Pottery

Picture Frames


Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing


Reflective Surfaces

Renaissance Antiquities

Robert Adams

Roman Marbles

Sarcophagus of Pharaoh Seti I


Sir William Chambers

Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sir John Soane

Sir Christopher Wren's office

Small Spaces / Big Ideas


Teachings at the Royal Academy

The Royal Hospital, Chelsea

The Original Home Office

The Law Courts, Westminster

Thomas Sandby

Thomas Major


Tyringham Hall, Bucking-hamshire

Urban Household Issues


Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

Plus much more...

Deadline for submission: March 1


The purpose of the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation Traveling Fellowship is to enable students in graduate degree programs in the history of art, architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts to travel to London to pursue research projects related to any aspect of the work of Sir John Soane or Sir John Soane's Museum and its collections. Annually, the Foundation entertains and reviews proposals from qualified candidates from universities and institutions around the world. Two awards are presented - one to a student of architecture and the second open to all candidates. Recipients are selected by Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation Fellowship Advisory Committee.


The Traveling Fellowship was established to support research in art, architecture and the decorative arts, in the Soanean tradition, in accordance with Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation’s mission to foster the knowledge and appreciation of art and architecture in the United States and abroad.


In order to be eligible, an applicant must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in the history of art, architecture, the decorative arts, interior design or in a field appropriate to the Foundation’s purpose.

Criteria for Selection

All applications must include:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Submission of proof of enrollment in a qualified academic program.

To download the program application, choose the PDF version or Word document. The program application form can be sent by request - send an email to:

Note: There is not an online application format, just the PDF form for completing and mailing.

Award Conditions

  • The award provides a payment to the award recipient just prior to the beginning of the work and research period of the project and is to include any related travel expenses and housing for the period work is undertaken.
  • At the end of the research project the award recipient must submit a report on the results of the project. The report may be in the form of a written paper or a sketch book.
  • The recipient may be asked by Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation to deliver a talk, at a mutually agreeable time and venue, on a fellowship topic related to Sir John Soane, or Sir John Soane's Museum and its collection.

Housing and Budget

The grant of $5,000 is paid to the awardee and may be allocated as the graduate student sees fit within the scope of the approved project. Payments are made upon confirmation of study dates of the awardee for time to be spent in London or beyond. Typical airfare is between $850 and $1,000 round-trip; housing is available in small hotels or at places such as International House London (IHL, for example, can be from £225 per week and higher (approx. $370), therefore $750 for two weeks, and $1,500 for four weeks.)Based on those figures, the balance remaining after air travel and accommodations for food and expenses would be between $3,250 for two weeks to $2,500 for a month, which is approximately $100 to $150 per day for lunch/dinner, admissions, local transportation and other costs. Please note: Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation and Sir John Soane's Museum do not endorse or have any relationship with IHL or travel vendors. Information provided is purely for reference purposes as are the amounts provided in this "mock" budget.


There is no pre-set amount of time to be spent in London or at the Museum, nor is there a pre-set time period during the year as long as it is within a one year from the time the award is being made.

Fellowship Promotion Flyers

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All materials must be submitted BY MAIL by March 1. Scanned documents may be submitted, but original paper copies must be mailed to:

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation
1040 First Avenue, No. 311
New York, NY 10022 USA

T. 212-223-2012

Awards will be made without regard to race, creed, gender, or national origin.

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