The Prehistoric Society

Research Fund

Grants from this fund are to assist research into prehistory in any part of the world. In conjunction with the general fund, the Prehistoric Society administers the Bob Smith Fund (established by Dr. G Wainwright to commemorate the late Dr. R W Smith) and the Leslie Grinsell Award. Both the above named awards are selected from applications to the general fund and are offered to projects closest to the research interests of Bob Smith and Leslie Grinsell. Separate applications are not necessary.

The Research Grant aims to offer small 'pump-primer' grants to projects in their early stages. A further aim is to give preference to projects showing innovation in the field of prehistory research and to those scholars in the earliest stages of their research careers. However, although the above guidelines apply, all applications will be judged primarily on their academic quality.

The Society usually makes several awards from this fund within the range of £100-£1500 per award. Preference is likely to be given to small-scale projects less likely to attract significant funding from other major sources. Grants will not usually be given for work directly related to a higher degree or to students in receipt of Research Studentships (student travel grants are offered from the John and Bryony Coles award). 

The Prehistoric Society cannot accept applications for salaries or student funding. Post-excavation work relating to excavations not originally sponsored by the Society will only be considered in situations of exceptional research potential that exceed reasonable, initial planning expectations. Where applications are being made to help fund an excavation, the Society will only consider funding the project to assessment stage. The society may, however, consider an application to fund post-excavation work in the following year.

All applications and references must be received by 31st January.

To join please see Joining the Society.

Applications and references should be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Should you wish to apply, you can download the application form below: