The Society makes annual project grants of £500 to £5,000 to support research into the human past through its material culture or material remains. Within this there are no period, geographic or disciplinary restrictions and applications are encouraged across the full range of the Society’s remit and interests: archaeology, art history, architectural and buildings history, studies of material culture items and assemblages (including books and manuscripts), the history of collecting and collections, and the development of intellectual enquiry into the human past through its material remains.

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)

We welcome applications from early career researchers, and for projects that are innovative in their approach, entail new initiatives, and/or create interdisciplinary interest.

Applicants who require funds primarily for their own research travel should consider applying for a Lambarde Travel Award.

Timing and Duration of Funding

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

Amount of Award

£500 to £5,000

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

Among successful applications, Research Committee will make a number of named awards in commemoration of benefactors:

  • The Marion Wilson Awards for research projects in southern Britain
  • The Joan Pye Awards for early-career researchers (within five-years of completing their PhD), in the fields of prehistoric and Roman archaeology in the United Kingdom
  • The Hugh Chapman Memorial Awards for research projects on the Western Roman Empire or antiquarian matters in London and its environs

Application Requirements

Applications must be made on the form provided and should not exceed five (5) A4 pages with the font size no smaller than 10 point. The completed document must be less than 10MB to upload successfully. Applications will be assessed solely on the basis of the information provided on the application form.

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 required 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 Research 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 28 February of the year following the award of the grant (thus if the grant is awarded in March 2018, the reports should be submitted no later than 28 February 2019). 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 Research Grant

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

Please note: Members of the Society’s Research Committee cannot act as referees for Janet Arnold applications.

Past Awards

Details of all successful applications since 2017 are available from Recent Awards.