Grant Programmes

The Society is charged by its Royal Charter of 1751 to support the furtherance of the study and understanding of antiquities in this and other countries. As a registered charity (207237) the Society has an obligation to promote and support conservation, research and dissemination among its Fellowship and the wider public. One way in which we meet these charitable objectives is through our grant programmes.

Applications for Church Conservation Grants are considered by the Society's Morris Committee, which is composed of Officers of the Society and Fellows with relevant expertise Applications for Research and Travel Grants are considered by the Society’s Research Committee.

Church Conservation Grants: William and Jane Morris Fund

Grants are awarded to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not structural repairs.

Deadlines: 31 March and 31 August each year

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Research Grants

  • Research Grants — grants of £500 to £5,000 for research into the human past through its material culture or material remains.
  • Janet Arnold Awards — grants of £350 to £5,000 for research on the history of dress and the materials of which it is made.
  • Beatrice de Cardi Awards — grants of up to £15,000 for archaeological research on the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the Pakistan province of Balochistan.
  • Margaret and Tom Jones Awards — grants of up to £10,500 for fieldwork and research in landscape archaeology.

Travel Grants

Schedule for Research and Travel Grants

Deadline: 15 January each year

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that references arrive by the deadline. Late applications or those missing references will not be considered.

Applications for research and travel grants are reviewed and evaluated by the Society's Research Committee in February and its recommendations considered and approved by Council in March.

Research on the Society's Collections

The Society welcomes enquiries about the study of any aspect of its collections and library holdings but does not give grants for the study of its own holdings except in cases where these are to be used as essential resources for a project addressing broader research questions.

Anyone wishing to research the Society’s collections and library holdings, or any elements of these, in their own right should as a first step contact the Head of Library and Collections ( who will advise on feasibility and the options for taking forward the work.


The Society does not fund work that will be submitted as part of an undergraduate or post graduate degree. Students studying archaeology at UK universities are however encouraged to apply for the Tessa and Mortimer Wheeler Memorial Travel Awards which are specifically intended to help them gain fieldwork experience beyond that required for their degree.


Here at the Society of Antiquaries of London we take your privacy seriously and if you make an application for a grant or award, we will only use your personal information to assess that application, to process any award that we make to you, and to ensure the effective management of our grant giving programme.

We may contact you in connection with your application using the contact details that you have provided to us, but we will not use that information for any other purpose. We will not pass your information on to anyone outside the Society and its Research Committee. For further information, please see our privacy policy.