Beatrice de Cardi undertook pioneering fieldwork and research in the Arabian Gulf and Pakistan. Over the course of a long and distinguished career she was President of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia, the first Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology, and a recipient of the Society’s Gold Medal. The awards are for the furtherance of archaeological research by field survey, excavation and the publication of the fieldwork in the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the Pakistan province of Balochistan.

Applications will be accepted for:

  • projects where the Society will be the main or a significant financial contributor
  • support for definable objectives with specific, measurable outcomes within larger projects funded from a range of sources (but not simply ‘topping up’ applications to major funding bodies)
    The images of Beatrice de Cardi above are reproduced by courtesy of The British Council for Archaeology.

Timing and Duration of Funding

Awards are made on an annual basis with possible renewal for up to two further years. A new application is required each year and no project will be funded for more than three years.

Award Amount

£5,000 to £15,000

Deadline for Applications

15 January annually


  • Applications must be from the project director or principal investigator.
  • Awards will not be made for work contributing to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
  • Retrospective applications will not be considered.

Eligible project costs include:

  • travel & subsistence for members of the project team
  • the costs of specialist or scientific investigation, and of technical services such as imaging and illustration, where these have to be commissioned
  • the hire of plant and site accommodation
  • materials and consumables
  • the hire of specialist equipment to which the applicant cannot reasonably be expected to have access

Please note that the following costs are not eligible and will not be considered:

  • personal remuneration
  • salaries of staff holding current appointments
  • institutional overheads
  • internal hire charges within the applicant’s institution or between project partners
  • publication subventions and publication grants (including costs of digital dissemination)
  • contingency estimates


The awards scheme is competitive and we are not always able to award grants to all applicants. In reaching its decisions the Research Committee will put weight on the quality of the research proposal and its viability, both financial and practical. All decisions by the Committee are final.

Application Requirements

Applications must be made on the form provided and should not exceed four (4) A4 pages with the font size no smaller than 10 point. A summary of your research proposal is also required (see application form) which should be a maximum of 2,000 words and no more than five (5) A4 pages. Both of these documents must be less than 10MB to upload successfully. Applications will be assessed solely on the basis of the information provided on the application form and accompanying proposal.

Applicants must:

  • present a clear and detailed articulation of their research aims and how these will be achieved, with costings and the proposed duration of research; this must include a clear statement of the contribution of the proposed research to scholarship
  • present a clear plan for the timely publication/dissemination of the results of their research; applicants are encouraged to consider submission to the Society’s journal and the Society may invite grant recipients to give lectures on their projects
  • request a specific sum from the Society and declare all applications to other funding bodies
  • provide a statement of the minimum sum needed to make the project viable in the event of full funding not being obtained

Projects should not start before 1 April in the year of application and grants should be taken up by 31 December of the year in which they are awarded.

Successful applicants must demonstrate that they have received all relevant permissions to undertake their project before the funds can be released.

Where this is the second (or subsequent) application for a grant from the Society relating to the same project, applicants are requested to submit a brief summary of their results to date and a statement of their expenditure covered by the previous grant.

Should any part of an award remain unspent, it is to be returned to the Society of Antiquaries of London for reinvestment in the De Cardi Grants Fund.

Reporting and Acknowledgement

Successful applicants will be expected to submit by email in electronic format:

  • a satisfactory report, of no more than 1,000 words, setting out how the research objectives were met (Word document)
  • a financial statement detailing how the Society’s money was spent (Word document or Excel spreadsheet)
  • two or three digital images illustrating the project that the Society may use in its reporting and publicity (.jpg or .tiff with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi)

Reports and images must be received no later than 30 June of the year following the award of the grant (thus if the grant is awarded in March 2019, the reports should be submitted no later than 30 June 2020). No further grant will be made to any applicant who fails to meet this requirement.

In addition, the Society may request short reports suitable for inclusion in its newsletter, Fellowship News; its e-newsletter, SALON; or on its website.

Acknowledgement of the Research Grant should be made in any publication or practical use of the research.

Applying for a De Cardi Grant

  • Please read the eligibility criteria above.
  • You will be required to upload a completed form and your research proposal when you submit your application. Please read the requirements for completing the form carefully and follow the instructions.
  • Two references are required; please make sure you arrange your references in advance.
  • All applications must be submitted using our online application tool. When you are ready to make your application, click “Apply now” below.

Past Awards

De Cardi grants will be awarded from 2019 onwards.