British Council. Photographer: James Gifford Mead

The British Council works in partnership with art and architecture schools and organisations throughout the UK to support their students, graduates and researchers to embark on a one-month fellowship at the Venice Biennale. 

The benefits for partner institutions

Institutions will have: 

  • The opportunity to become active participants at the British Pavilion in the Architecture Biennale 2020
  • The chance to send some of their brightest students and practitioners on a unique professional development experience 
  • The possibility of incorporating Biennale themes into their own programmes 
  • The potential to use the British Pavilion for tours, seminars and workshops when taking groups to Venice.

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What our partners say

"Although our trip was a short collaborative exercise, it was such a great opportunity and pleasure to have time to display, share and reflect upon the content that the students had collected on their trip with the British Council Fellows. The British Pavilion basement is an ideal space for projection and discussion. From a teaching perspective, it brings vitality to a project and an opportunity to focus on the research and its potential whilst actually in Venice." 
- Diane Cochrane, Tutor, Kent School of Architecture

Our partners 

The Fellowship programme has been made possible through partnerships with universities and arts and architecture organisations.

See which partners we are currently working with during Venice Art Biennale 2019

How do Partners apply? 

For Fellowship places in the Architecture Biennale 2020 the process is: 

  1. Sharing the opportunity: 7th October – 5th November 2019. Partners should share the opportunity with students or artists you work with, who you think should apply and who you would be able to support a grant for (a grant for 1 fellow is £1,600). Advertise the opportunity to your students or researchers to apply with the application below. The application form includes the criteria the British Council is looking for, you are also welcome to shortlist based on your own access and inclusion priorities. 
  2. The selection process - Part 1: 5th November – 13th December 2019. Interested candidates should apply directly to you by 29th November. Please shortlist to a maximum of 7 potential fellows – we can select up to 5 fellows from each organisation. Please also submit the partner application form, enclosing the candidates’ applications by 13th Dec.
  3. The selection process - Part 2: 13th December – 20th January 2020. The British Council will then contact potential fellows, to create a video application. Successful candidates will be awarded the Fellowship and will attend the induction school to prepare for their trip. 


The following timeline applies:

5 Nov 2019    Deadline for queries to British Council from UK partners interested in the Fellowship programme 
29 Nov 2019 Deadline for eligible candidates from UK partners to complete application forms for their supporting institute to review.
13 Dec 2019 Deadline for shortlisted candidate applications to British Council and letter confirming max number of places the partner can support (max number of grant contributions.) Please note no CVs – just applications with a short reference as to why the candidates (max 7) have been put forward. The British Council will contact candidates with the brief for the video application. 
13 Jan 2020 Deadline for video submissions from candidates
20 Jan 2020 Final confirmation of Fellowship places and group allocations
20 Jan - Feb 2020 Fellows begin work on proposals with their institution
Mar 2020 Induction school in London
23 May 2020 British Pavilion opens to the public
29 Nov 2020 Architecture Biennale 2020 ends

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