VARI opportunities

The V&A Research Institute (VARI) is nestled within the V&A Research Department — the first of its kind in the UK and home to the world's leading postgraduate programme in the history of design and material culture. VARI was launched in 2016 with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

VARI has the current opportunities available:

Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professorships at VARI
Open call for nominations and applications


Length of tenure: 3 – 12 months (held in one academic year or spread over longer time periods as appropriate to the agreed research programme).

Remuneration: Non-stipendiary, but comes with support funds to cover: travel to/from and within the UK; central London accommodation; research expenses; workshop and event costs; and a modest monthly emolument.

Deadline: Rolling. Nominations and applications are welcome at any time, but please expect a two-month evaluation period.

The V&A Research Institute (VARI) is seeking rolling nominations for Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professorships for periods of tenure from 3-12 months to be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Nominations/applications are welcome from applicants locally, nationally and internationally. Nominations are solicited from researchers of any age and nationality working in any areas, creative practices and research disciplines relevant to the V&A’s collections and core aims and activities, and who meet the criteria of the Visiting Professorship as defined below – you do not need to be a Professor already to be eligible to apply. Applicants will be evaluated based as much on an outline of the proposed research and teaching programme as on their track record. Areas of practice can include, but are in no way limited to: architecture, engineering, design, making, history, social science, education, museology, conservation, information science, digital humanities, exhibition practice, and beyond.

Nominators will be asked to submit a joint application with the nominated professor.

Completed applications and further enquiries regarding the Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professorships should be sent to:

VARI Offsite International Residency in Collaboration with Create at the Rabbits Road Institute

Open Call for Nominations


Residency dates: 15 October 2018 to 15 January 2019
Residency Stipend: £6,500
Production/Research/Public Engagement Budget: £3,000
Deadline for applications: Sunday 1st July 2018 at midnight
Interview date: Friday 20 July 2018

The V&A Research Institute and Create are seeking nominations for a three-month residency based at Create’s Rabbits Road Institute in East London. Nominations can be from social practice artists or designers who are interested in drawing on the V&A’s collections to work within the vibrant community setting of the Rabbits Road Institute.

We welcome applicants of any nationality based outside of the United Kingdom that meet the criteria of the residency brief outlined in the document below.

Nominators will be asked to submit a joint application with the nominated practitioner.

For more information and to apply, see the following link: