British Council

Approximately 70 Fellows will be supported with a grant to cover their travel, accommodation and living costs in Venice for one month, which is funded by participating institutions. 

What are the benefits for Fellows? 

Fellows will have the chance to: 

  • Spend a month in Venice during a major international cultural event 
  • Conduct independent research in and around Venice, enhancing current studies and professional practice 
  • Receive training on invigilation and public engagement in exhibitions
  • Be empowered to communicate ideas to a diverse, international audience 
  • Develop a creative and professional network across the UK and internationally

To apply for the Fellowships: 

To apply for a place in the Architecture or Art Biennales:

Find out if your institution is already a partner or interested in participating.

Ask your institution internally and direct them to the Become a Partner section.

If your university or organisation becomes a partner, you should contact your head of school, dean or international office to find out how to apply for the Fellowships

The selection process

Candidates are shortlisted via a competitive application process through their institution and then by video submission with the British Council. Successful candidates will be awarded the Fellowship and will attend the induction school to prepare for their trip. 


What our Fellows say

“My time in Venice provided a fantastic platform from which to develop specific research a personal approach to practice and fruitful collaborations with new acquaintances. The opportunity was a truly formative experience.”

Ed Crooks, Venice Fellow 2016, Royal College of Art

“As an artist whose work involved research around the subject of water, I was thrilled to be awarded the Venice Fellowship. The opportunity to live work and research in Venice was wonderful! It was reassuring to receive training and support from the British Council in relation to my research project both prior to the trip and whilst in Venice. The experience has left a long legacy and continues to contribute to both my academic and professional artistic pursuits. I now feel very confident in explaining exhibitions concepts to international visitors. The Fellowships has enriched my personal research, artistic practice and provided plenty of material for a new body of work. I would thoroughly recommend this opportunity - go on apply!” 

- Fiona Haines, Venice Fellow, artist

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