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: