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Louise Orwin, CRY CRY KILL KILL, 2019. Photo: Ludo de Cognets

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. 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.

Applications to this round of the Jerwood Bursaries have now closed.

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

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
  • research to develop your practice

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.

We expect all applicants to include a fee for themselves and fees can be up to 100% of the budget. In line with our commitments to fair pay, and to access and inclusion, applicants should not use their own funds or make a personal contribution towards the activity. We 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 our Jerwood Bursaries FAQ for further information.

You can apply for any amount between £250 and £1,250. For this fund, we 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.

Due to the high level of competition for the Jerwood Bursaries, we 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.

Jerwood Bursaries 2019 round two: for applicants with one to five years’ professional experience

For individuals whose first professional experience will have been between 2014 and 2018, unless they have had a career change or break.

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.


As well as the guidance on this page, we have created a Jerwood Bursaries FAQ and General FAQ. These cover the most common questions arising and are updated regularly, so please read them.

Once you have read these, if you have a specific question please send it by email to We will acknowledge your email within three working days and aim to answer your question within 10 working days.

Please note that the advice we give on making an application is on the eligibility and suitability of the activity for the Jerwood Bursaries only, and will have no bearing on its assessment. You do not need to have spoken to a Jerwood Arts member of staff before making an application. 

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applications

  • from practising artists, curators and/or producers
  • from those willing to be bold and take risks
  • from those with and without formal education or qualifications
  • from those who have one to five years’ professional experience (first working between 2014 and 2018)
  • if you work in any discipline and/or across disciplines
  • if your situation, background and/or identity is currently under-supported across the art sector, including but not limited to under-represented BAME backgrounds, LGBTQ+ identities, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities and those with caring responsibilities

We are committed to making our funding accessible to all and supporting applicants facing barriers to apply. Please email and tell us what you need to enable you to apply.

 You cannot apply if you

  • are an organisation, or on behalf of an organisation
  • want project funding to make or present work
  • 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

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 Advisers with 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.

What you can expect from us

If you are successful, you can expect us to:

  • meet you and connect you with other recipients of our funding through our networks and events
  • profile you on our website and social media (with your permission)
  • be available throughout the delivery of your programme for advice
  • engage with the events and activities you run wherever we can

If your application is unsuccessful, you can request written feedback on your application within six weeks of the outcome.

What we expect from you

If you are successful, we expect you to:

  • inform us of the progress of the project and any significant changes before they happen
  • credit Jerwood Arts as a supporter of the project on all digital and print materials
  • contribute to our research on support for artists, curators and/or producers
  • submit a report at the end of the project telling us how it went against your original plan

You will also be invited to participate in the Jerwood Arts network of artists and organisations. We are committed to making fees and expenses available where appropriate.

Other Useful Pages

Jerwood Arts Blog: Jerwood Bursaries, what we’ve improved

Jerwood Bursaries FAQ

Jerwood Arts General FAQ

Our Principles

This fund is being piloted in 2019 and we are keen to hear feedback of all kinds. Please share your comments at