Research Opportunities

Research posts

Details of currently available research posts are given below. These posts may be funded by external grant-giving bodies or created in partnership with other institutions.

Work with Tate’s collection of works on paper by J.M.W. Turner

Tate’s holdings of Turner’s works on paper, formed largely by the artist’s bequest to the nation, comprise c.37,500 works. Approximately 12,000 entries have been published to date in J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours. Divided into five sections covering different phases in Turner’s career, the online catalogue consists of thematic groupings of works, arranged chronologically and by subject. Entries on the groupings and individual works provide detailed commentaries, exhibition and publication histories, and information about the media and materials used. The entries are written according to well-developed project guidelines and fit with Tate’s online publishing templates.

Over the coming years Tate will need a number of authors to contribute to the project, working on different sketchbooks or groupings of works within the collection. Contributors would be contracted on a freelance basis, with fees agreed in relation to the numbers of entries to be written. The writers would need to be able to come to the Prints and Drawings Study Room at Tate Britain to inspect the works in question.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate in-depth art historical knowledge of the period (at post-graduate level), aptitude for object-based scholarship, and excellent writing skills. They should be available to undertake a substantial amount of work, typically over a period of several months (or longer).

If you are interested in contributing to this project, please send an email to Jennifer Mundy, Head of Art Historical Research ( setting out your qualifications, interest in the project, and your availability. Please attach your CV and relevant examples of scholarly writing.

Recruitment of freelance contributors to the J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours project will be undertaken periodically on an ongoing basis.

Research Fellowships

Tate Research Fellows are senior or mid-career researchers who wish to further their research and/or develop their professional expertise through a period of close association with Tate. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate the value to them of this association and also show how their research will benefit Tate. The awards are non-stipendiary.

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Research placements

The Research Development department welcomes applications from course leaders in universities for short-term research placements for individual students. The placements need to form part of and fulfil the requirements of an academic course and are distinct from internships. The department will consider each application on its merits and will be able to consider offering a range of tasks relating to research and its publication. For further details email