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Society of Antiquaries of London


The Society of Antiquaries of London celebrates the tercentenary of its foundation in 2007. It is charged by its Royal Charter of 1751 with 'the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries'.

The Society’s 2,500 Fellows include many distinguished archaeologists and art and architectural historians holding positions of responsibility across the cultural heritage. The Fellowship is international in its reach and its interests are inclusive of all aspects of the material past.

As a registered charity, the Society's principal objectives are to foster public understanding of that heritage, to support research and communicate the results and to engage in the formulation of public policy on the care of our historic environment and cultural property. The Society of Antiquaries receives no direct support from public funds.

Grants and Awards


The Society administers a number of different funds, some of which are dedicated to specific areas of interest. Individuals may apply for more than one award. However, only one application will be accepted for each award.

The closing date for all funds is the Friday of the first full week in January in the year of application.

Applications for all awards are assessed by the Research Committee. The Committee meets in early March to consider the applications, and applicants are notified of the results by the end of March.

For an overview of all offered schemes see www.sal.org.uk/grants/.

Minor Research Grants


The Society of Antiquaries has a variety of funds for the support of archaeological, documentary and antiquarian research (Custom research papers). In recent years the total allocated has been approximately £30,000, in amounts varying from £500 to £5,000. The award of grants is not generally subject to any geographical or chronological considerations, although some funds do have constraints, and this may affect the pattern of grants made. Minor Grants are open to Fellows and other researchers who have links with the UK.

Minor Grants will normally be for sums up to £5,000 given on an annual basis with a possibility of renewal for up to three consecutive years. A new application is required for each year. In exceptional circumstances an additional grant for a further year may be given for work on a specific topic emanating from the original research programme, but there will be no automatic extension to a fourth year. Projects should not start before 1 April in the year of application and retrospective applications cannot be considered. The high level of research costs makes it essential that grants should be used to the best advantage.

For details see www.sal.org.uk/grants/minorresearchgrants.

Research Bursary


The Society of Antiquaries of London has received an extension to its funding stream from the Headley Trust in order to augment our research support for British archaeology. This Headley Trust Research Bursary will be awarded for 2007 and 2008. The Research Committee has decided that this funding can best be used to assist in the synthesis and communication of research or outputs from excavation or field work that will make an important contribution to British archaeology. In addition to supporting the analysis of results of research projects, the scheme aims to support those working in the independent and commercial sectors who wish to bring important new discoveries to full academic publication.

The total grant available for distribution is £30,000 over two years. The Research Committee will look to awarding a total of £15,000 in each year of the award. Depending on applications, one or multiple awards may be granted in each year.

For details see www.sal.org.uk/grants/researchbursary

William Lambarde (1536–1601) Memorial Fund


This Fund was established in 1968 as a result of a bequest to the Society by the late Mrs M M Lambarde, with additional funding from the Society. The income is to be applied for 'the provision of a travelling scholarship or travelling essay scholarships in archaeology or otherwise for the promotion of antiquarian studies.'

The Fund has a total of about £2,000 each year to award, the maximum grant being £500.

Applications are considered by the Research Committee. In making their decisions the committee will be putting weight on the reasons for the application, its viability (practical and financial) and its eventual contribution to scholarship. Preference will be given to those who have not already received a grant from this Fund.

For details see www.sal.org.uk/grants/williamlambarde.

Joan Pye Awards


The benefaction of Miss Joan Pye has been used to establish an award scheme to assist scholars who have completed their post-graduate degree within the last five years. The aim of the scheme is to assist research work in the fields of prehistoric and Roman archaeology in the United Kingdom.

  • Individuals may apply for more than one award. However, only one application will be accepted for each award.
  • The closing date for applications is the Friday of the first full week in January in the year of application.
  • Please write clearly at the top of the application form 'Joan Pye Award'.
  • You must submit twelve copies of your Application Form and Referee Form.
  • Applications for all awards are assessed by the Research Committee. The Committee meets in early March to consider the applications, and applicants are notified of the results by the end of March.

Direct webpage link: www.sal.org.uk/grants/joanpyeawards for application and referee forms.


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