Research and Travel Grants

These grants are awarded to support research into any area of the material past.

The Society’s investments, including a number of bequests, are used to support a wide range of research covering the Fellowships’ interests. Applications are welcomed for:

  • Projects that entail new initiatives and/or create interdisciplinary interest
  • Projects of definable scale or duration to which the Society will be a significant contributor
  • Projects based on funds derived from a number of sources to which the Society will be one contributor (but not those which simply ‘top up’ applications to major funding bodies). Although part of a larger project, the Society’s grants should be used to support a definable objective with specific, measurable outcomes
  • Projects must have clearly defined objectives that lead to publication
  • Awards are not made for work contributing to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree


The usual amount of awards is between £500 and £5,000 awarded on an annual basis with possible renewal for up to two further years for the same project; a new application is required for each year.

Among the grants awarded annually, the Committee will decide to make a number of named awards to commemorate various 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.


£500 to £5,000.


15 January annually.


  • This is not a grant for students.
  • Grants will not be awarded for the salaries of those holding current appointments, but the cost of additional staff (e.g., a temporary research assistant for new projects) may be considered in exceptional cases, but only for named individuals.
  • Grants will not be awarded to pay overheads.
  • Grants will not be awarded for research that is part of work for a degree.


  • The Research Committee will put weight on the reasons for the application, its viability (practical and financial).
  • Applications should include a clear and detailed summary of the research aims and design, including a clear statement of the contribution of the proposed research to scholarship, with costings and proposed duration
  • Plans for publications should be stated. The applicant is encouraged to consider submission to the Society’s journal. The dissemination of the results of research is fundamental, and applicants are expected to be clear how this will be done in their applications. In addition, the Society may request short reports suitable for inclusion in its newsletter, Fellowship News; its e-newsletter, SALON; or on its website. The Society may invite grant recipients to give lectures on their projects.
  • It is essential to give full details of all applications to other bodies and to request a specific sum when applying to the Society. There should be a statement of the minimum sum needed to make the project viable in the event of total funding not being obtained by grants from either the Society or other bodies.
  • Applicants awarded a grant will be expected to submit (electronically) a satisfactory report, of no more than 1,000 words, setting out how the research objectives were met. There should also be a separate financial statement detailing how the Society's money was spent. Both reports must be submitted no later than 28 February of the year following the award of the grant (e.g., if the grant is awarded in March 2015, the reports should be submitted no later than 28 February 2016). No further grant will be made to any applicant who fails to meet this requirement.
  • Projects should not start before 1 April in the year of application.
  • Retrospective applications cannot be considered.
  • Grants should be taken up by 31 December of the year in which they are awarded.
  • Applicants who require funds primarily for travelling should consider applying to the Lambarde Travel Award.
  • Successful applicants need to demonstrate that they have received all relevant permissions to undertake their project before the funds are released.
  • Your application must be made on the form provided and should not exceed four A4 pages; the font size should be no smaller than 10 point. Your application will be considered solely on the basis of the information you provide on your application form.


  • Please read the eligibility criteria and application requirements above.
  • Please read about the 'Grant Application Process' before beginning your application.
  • Download the Research Grant application form; you will be required to upload this form when you submit your application. Your application must be submitted using this form and must not exceed four (4) A4 pages. Your application will be considered solely on the basis of the information you provide on your application form and accompanying sheet. Before submitting your application, remember to rename your application document so that it begins with your surname (ex: 'Surname_Research_application.doc'). Remember to also rename any additional documents to do the same (ex: 'Surname_photo1.jpg').
  • One reference is required. Be sure to speak with your referee before submitting your application (in submitting your application online, you will trigger an automated email to your referee from our website). You will want to alert him or her of the application deadline and the information that will be necessary for completing the reference (see the 'Grant Application Process' webpage).
  • Apply for a grant online. All applications must be submitted using this online application tool.


Our Research Grants are competitive, and we are not always able to award grants to all applicants.

Examples of projects that have received awards are available from 'Recent Awards'.