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MA Grants

The Pasold Research Fund offers a limited number of grants for students on MA courses at UK universities, who are working in any field of textile history.

Grants of up to £500 may be awarded.

Since the Pasold Research Fund's remit is the history of textiles it is important that the focus of applications is in this area which includes: dress, fashion, conservation, economic, social and cultural history of textiles and clothing, history of textile technology.

Students may apply for support for such items as travel, photocopying or reproduction of illustrations to be used in their dissertation (if it is integral to the thesis), but not for the purchase of computer software or hardware or any artefacts or material and/or chemical analysis.

Please use the Application for MA Grant Form and submit your application and a brief CV by email to 

Applications must include the name and contact details of the applicant's supervisor (who should be asked to send a supporting letter by email) and, in addition, the name and contact details of one referee.

In preparing applications it is vital to provide:

An overview of the proposed research, showing how it relates to wider literature, research techniques to be used, and the significance of the proposed research.
A detailed breakdown of costings.



MA students researching the collections at the Museum of Costume and Fashion Research Centre in Bath should also consider:

K.G. Ponting Memorial Bursaries

Since 1984 the Pasold Research Fund has funded a number of bursaries in memory of the late Kenneth Ponting to enable students to study the collections at the Museum of Costume and Fashion Research Centre in Bath.

Kenneth Ponting, the founding Director of the Fund and an authority on the wool textile industry lived in Bath and took an active interest in the museum and its Research Centre. He was also eager to promote the serious study of both the history of textiles and the history of dress. It is felt that there are a number of students studying these subjects who would benefit from a short visit to Bath to use the collections but who may be unable to find the costs of travel and subsistence.

A number of bursaries up to a maximum of £250 each are available and applications are normally invited in the autumn of each year.

For further details and an application form contact:
The Curator, Museum of Costume & Fashion Research Centre, 4 Circus, BATH, Somerset BA1 2EW. Telephone: 01225 477752. Fax: 01225 444793