The Yale Center for British Art oversees an active research program

The Yale Center for British Art oversees an active research program through which it promotes and fosters the scholarship of all aspects of British art and material culture. It is the Center’s aim to support and generate research that is both interdisciplinary in nature and international in scope.

Research Programs

The Department of Research stewards a wide-ranging scholarly programs that seeks to support the study and understanding of British art, through talks, lecturesconferencesfilmsconcerts, performancessymposia, and workshops. Encouraging the participation of scholars at all levels, from undergraduate, to graduate, post-doctoral and senior levels, the department seeks to create opportunities for dialogue and collaboration, fostering a network of scholarship that is both international and interdisciplinary in scope.

Residential Scholars Awards

The Center offers three types of short-term residential awards to scholars undertaking research related to British art. While in residence, scholars will have access to the Center’s rich holdings of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts, as well as primary and secondary reference materials. Scholars will have a dedicated working space, the opportunity to participate in the Center’s events and programs, and will be encouraged to engage with the scholarly community of the Center and the university.


The Center is also active in the publishing of research, and collaborates with Yale University Press on publications accompanying major exhibitions. In conjunction with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Yale Center is responsible for Studies in British Art, an ongoing series of essay volumes published by Yale University Press and the new online journal British Art Studies.

Yale Graduate Students

The Yale Center for British Art offers a number of opportunities that enable graduate students at Yale to become involved in its scholarly programs. These include project-based Research Assistantships, summer travel grants to the UK, an annual Graduate Student Symposium, and biennially, a week-long Graduate Student Summer SeminarEach fall, the Center also hosts an Open House for new graduate students, details of which are posted on the website during the summer.