BIAA Funding Opportunities 2017/18

British Institute at Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, one of the foreign schools and institutes supported by the British Academy, invites funding applications for project grants (up to £5000 per year), study grants (up to £2000 per year), Turkish Scholar Fund and SPHS Fieldwork grant  to be carried out in 2017/18. 

The research remit of the BIAA covers Turkey and the Black Sea.  BIAA research engages with Turkey as a crossroads, Turkey’s interactions with the Black Sea region and its other neighbours, and Turkey as a distinctive creative and cultural hub in a global and neighbourhood perspective. The overall focus of applications should be on History, Society and Culture.  The BIAA has primary experience and resources as an archaeological and historical research centre, including a first-class library in Ankara.  Priority is given to research projects with a historical dimension, even when the prime focus is on contemporary Turkey or climate issues.

Applications for funding should fit within the five Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) which define the current shape of BIAA research policy:

  1. Cultural heritage, society and economy in Turkey
  2. Migration, minorities and regional identities
  3. Interconnections of peace and conflict: culture, politics institutions in national, regional and international perspectives
  4. Anglo-Turkish relations in the twentieth century
  5. Climate, changes and the environment
  6. Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and contemporary perspectives
  7. Legacy data: using the past for the future

Proposals may relate to all historical periods up to contemporary Turkey.  The BIAA is especially interested in supporting projects that employ comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches, and to establish collaborations with other institutions with a view to generating larger overall project funding.  An individual applicant may only apply for funding under one of these headings.  The organisers of potentially diverse and collaborative projects should identify the main strand of their investigation and the main research questions that the BIAA is asked to fund.

With regards to Archaeological projects, currently, no new permits are being issued to British researchers by the Turkish authorities. However, the BIAA is prepared to offer support to applications to carry out archaeological research as part of Turkish or non-Turkish directed projects which already hold permits.

Current research based at the BIAA within the above SRI’s:

Examples of previous 5K Grants – see further examples at

  • ‘Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project (KRASP): Phase 1. Integrating Legacy Data in Current Regional Analysis’
  • ‘Monumental architecture, cultural heritage management and local perceptions in and on Aspendos’
  • ‘Murder in Mesopotamia: Understanding radical burial practice in the Uruk Collapse’

Examples of previous 2K Grants – see further examples at

  • ‘Sakçegözü in context: Garstang’s 1908-1911 excavations revisited’
  •  ‘From mines to graves: metallurgy and metal exchange in north-western Anatolia between the Late Chalcolithic and the Late Bronze Age, ca 3700-1500 BC’
  • ‘Armenian architect monopolies and the remaking of local identities in eastern Anatolian border towns in the Hamidian’
  • ‘Ottoman Urbanism In Bulgaria; an archaeological perspective’

Please visit our website at for information and the online application system.

The closing date for all applications is 28 April 2017. 

Please email the London Manager, for more information.

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