Giles Worsley Fellowship

The Giles Worsley Fellowship is awarded for the study of architectural history. it’s hospitable architectural historians and designers whose research within the field or architectural or urban history would enjoy the chance to spend three months at the BSR experiencing the truth of buildings and spaces in and around Rome which are related directly or indirectly to their subject of study. While the research administered at the BSR could also be a part of a wider project, the intention is that it should be brought together and presented at the top of the Fellowship as a discrete piece of labor .

Selection for this Fellowship is by a panel formed of representatives of the RIBA, the British School at Rome and the Worsley family. Applications will also be reviewed by members of the BSR’s Architecture Advisory Committee.

Giles Worsley, the distinguished architectural historian and critic, died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 44. He was an enthusiastic visitor to Italy and an excellent believer within the importance of Italian architecture of all periods in understanding the event of Western architecture. He was concerned that universities don’t give adequate emphasis to the teaching of architectural history which architectural historians should be encouraged to experience the truth of influential Italian buildings.

The award was an unforgettable experience that gave me the chance to challenge my creative output. My time in Rome, exploring both scholarly and artistic processes, was really the stepping stone on behalf of me to check what this meant to me more specifically. Being surrounded by incredibly talented scholars and artists at the BSR, and having the chance to find out from them, I felt privileged to be somewhere in-between.

Mariam Gulamhussein (Giles Worsley Fellow 2019–20)

For: architectural historians and architects

Open to: those of British nationality, and those who have been living and studying for at least the last three years in the UK (i.e. since May 2018)

Duration: three months (January–March 2022) (these dates may be subject to change as we assess the ever-changing situation regarding COVID-19)

Research grant:  £700 per month

Further details are available by clicking here, and the application form here. Applicants should send a completed application form, a curriculum vitae, an equal opportunities monitoring form, a statement of 500–700 words indicating the subject of their proposal and their suitability for the Fellowship, and the names and addresses (including e-mail) of two referees to They should ask the two referees to send a reference in support of their application directly to the BSR.

Closing date for applications:  Friday 28 May 2021

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