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Fellowship and Internship Programme

Fellow at work
Our Fellowship and Internship programme helps to increase the number of individuals who have skills and knowledge of built heritage in Scotland by allowing appropriately experienced individuals the opportunity to work with an experienced mentor or institution.

Our programme has been running for over a decade and has an international reputation.

Many past participants have gone on to become an integral part of the built heritage conservation, repair and maintenance community in Scotland.

Current Opportunities

Stonemasonry Teaching Fellow Placement

We are currently advertising a Stonemasonry Teaching Fellow bursary placement. This post is full time and for duration of 12 months with an option of possible extension for a further 12 months. The Teaching Fellow would be expected to cover delivery of SQA qualifications in stone masonry and other traditional skills, application and use of traditional materials, and working with students in a learning environment.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a high level of craft potential and will have completed formal vocational training in stonemasonry. Hosted by Historic Scotland and based at Forth Valley College in Stirling, the Teaching Fellow may have the opportunity to undertake placements or training with other relevant organisations.

A completed application form and full CV, should be received by 4pm on the closing date of Thursday 18th September 2014. The successful candidate will be expected to be free to take up the post as soon as possible.

Documents relating to this position are available for download below.

PDF icon Teaching Fellow Description and Person Specification [PDF, 137KB]
PDF icon General Information for Applicants [PDF, 152KB]
Word document Teaching Fellow Application Form [doc, 158KB]
Word document Equal Opportunities Form [doc, 148KB]

For further information on any of the above please send your enquiry to

Available programmes

Craft Fellowship
Craft fellowships are based around the built heritage and are directly related to Historic Scotland’s core business. This might typically involve masonry, carpentry or lime working.

Who is eligible?
The Craft Fellowship is tailored to suit specific disciplines but generally takes participants from a recognised conservation background or tradesmen and women who have the potential to extend their existing skill base.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for their field and a high level of craft potential.

The duration is normally two years.

Teaching Fellowship
Teaching fellowships provide experienced practitioners the opportunity to further develop their experience in a particular area, and develop their teaching skills with a building orientated training facility or an organisation with education at the heart of its operational activity.

Who is eligible?
Capacity building in the education (specialism) sector is a primary driver. Fellows will also normally have significant demonstrable experience or knowledge from which to build upon.

The duration is normally two years.

Research Fellowship
Research fellowships are aimed at undertaking research projects in a mentored situation to provide a beneficial learning experience, whilst undertaking work which is in itself valuable to the built heritage.

The Fellow will normally be awarded grant to undertake a specific task or subset of tasks against a common theme.

Who is eligible?
The background of the Fellow will be dictated on a project by project basis but they are likely to have some experience of research at postgraduate level.

The duration is normally two years.

Research Internships/Studentships
These studentships are mentored by the the Technical Conservation Group Conservation Centre in the specialist conservation field, focusing on stone, paint and in the preventative conservation – science fields, often with an external academic partner.

Who is eligible?
Interns will have some specialist knowledge appropriate to the discipline on which to conduct an active piece of research. Studentships will also require appropriate discipline - specific learning.


Duration is one to two years depending on the specific research topic.


Adverts for Fellowships and Internships are placed locally in newspapers, discipline-specific websites, training colleges and appropriate journals throughout the year. The Historic Scotland Conservation Bureau handles applications and initial enquiries.


Grants are made via the Conservation Group. The level of the bursary is re-assessed annually, and in relation to the discipline, type of Fellowship and specific circumstances.

Contact us

Ian Walker
Historic Scotland
Conservation Group
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: + 44 (0) 131 668 8626

Case Studies

Read about the experiences of previous fellows and interns.

Case studies