Deadlines for research grants fast approaching

Last chance to apply for the Ancient & Modern Prize and the Research Scholarship at the British Institute at Ankara

By Emma Harper | October 26, 2016

Researchers, take note. There’s only a week or so left to apply for two grants awarded to individuals undertaking Turkey-related research.

First up is the Ancient & Modern Prize, which is sponsored by Cornucopia magazine, HALI magazine and the three major London auction houses: Bonhams, Christies and Sothebys. The aim of the prize, established in 2000, is to provide support for scholars who miss out on funding because they are either too young or too old. As a result, candidates must be aged under 26 or over 60 at the time of application. All that’s needed to apply is a statement of age and a brief summary of the project in no more than 500 words. The winner will awarded a grant of £1,000 and the runner-up will receive £500.

The topic should be related to any of the subject areas covered by Cornucopia and HALI, which is quite a large umbrella that includes Turkish and Ottoman arts, culture, history, travel and cuisine, as well as textile design and arts more broadly. Past winners have used their funds to retrace the footsteps of Gertrude Bell across Anatolia, examine and record Indian tents, research the 17th-century botanist Francis Vernon’s trip through Turkey, and much more. Priority will be given to projects that display originality and would not easily find funding. The award can be used for travel, material expenses and sustenance whilst the research is underway. Applications are due by October 31, and can be sent by e-mail to For more information on the prize and how to apply, visit the Ancient & Modern website.

Next is the 2017 Research Scholarship at the British Institute at Ankara. The closing date for applications has been extended until November 4. The position, which is tenable for seven months beginning January 2, is based at the institute in Ankara. The scholar will be required to spend at least two-thirds of their time on institute-related work, such as enriching the extensive digital archive of BIAA projects and updating the library’s digital records. A third of their time will be spent on their own research relating to Turkey and/or the Black Sea littoral, which may fall within any of the academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. (Candidates should have recently completed or be about to complete a Masters degree, with the intention of ultimately pursuing a PhD).

Applicants must be normally resident in the UK and must have a demonstrable connection with a UK academic institution. Basic knowledge of database building, a good command of Excel, basic to moderate skills of image and video processing, and good communication skills are essential criteria for this post. The salary for the position will be £800 per month, and BIAA will pay the cost of one return flight between the UK and Turkey. The scholar will be expected to reside at the BIAA residential accommodation at a discounted fee.

To apply, interested parties must send a full CV and a letter of application, including details of their relevant experience, a research proposal and two written references. All materials should be sent electronically to the London office of the BIAA ( For more information, visit the BIAA website.

Best of luck to those applying!

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