Tessa and Mortimer Wheeler Memorial Travel Award

This Fund was established in memory of Sir Mortimer Wheeler (1890-1976) and Tessa Verney (1893 -1936) Wheeler as the result of an appeal by the British Academy, the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) and the Society of Antiquaries of London.

The purpose of the Fund is to assist undergraduate and first-year postgraduate students of archaeology to gain experience in the field, away from their home base and ideally abroad. Grants will be made toward travel and other travel-related expenses. Grants will not normally be made toward any work being submitted for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. A total of £1,000 is available each year, with successful applicants receiving up to £500 each.

Usual amount of award

Up to £500.


15 January annually.


Only undergraduates and first-year post-graduates are eligible.

Application Requirements

  • One reference is required.
  • The reference must be from a supervisor of recognised status and position who has agreed to supervise the grant if it is awarded. Your supervisor's reference must indicate agreement to be responsible for overseeing this work, comment on the quality and viability of your proposal and demonstrate an assessment of any risks involved.
  • The Research Committee will put weight on the reasons for the application, its viability (practical and financial).
  • Preference will be given to those who have not already received grants from this fund.
  • If you are awarded a grant you will be expected to submit a short report on your work.
  • Grants should be taken up by 31 December of the year in which they are awarded.

Apply for a Wheeler Travel Award

  • Please read the eligibility criteria and application requirements above.
  • Please read about the 'Grant Application Process' before beginning your application.
  • Download the Wheeler application form; you will be required to upload this form when you submit your application. Your application must not exceed the application form, plus one A4 sheet of supporting information if you wish. 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_Wheeler_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 the Wheeler Travel Award online. All applications must be submitted using this online application tool.

Past Grant Awards

The Wheeler Fund travel grant programme is competitive, and we are not always able to award grants to all applicants. Examples of projects that have received awards are available on 'Case Studies'.