Project Awards & Affiliation

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Centennial Awards

In 2019 the CBRL celebrates 100 years since the founding of our active research community, initially centring on the BSAJ and now incorporating the BIA, the KI and wider Levantine research areas.

To commemorate the anniversary, the CBRL will be offering a number of Centennial Awards for research or events focusing on the history of British scholarship in the area and early Mandate history, society and politics. We are particularly seeking creative grant applications for either archival research projects, outreach activity, or networking events that lead to new synergies, and which aim to engage new audiences for the CBRL with innovative and stimulating new perspectives. 

We will offer small grants of up to £2,000 each, for research or activities undertaken by an individual; and larger awards of up to £5000 each, for group or team-based events.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018/19 Centennial Awards. If you're interetsed in this award scheme please contact CBRL. 

Centennial Awards guidelines (PDF)

Pilot Study Awards:

Project Awards

These enable postdoctoral scholars to undertake initial exploratory work or a feasibility study prior to making applications for major funding to a Research Council, the British Academy or another body.  Awards may be used to cover travel, round tables, seminars, or initial exploratory fieldwork and research. In addition, CBRL may assist such feasibility studies through the provision of its facilities and in establishing local contacts. To be eligible under this scheme, a project must involve an element of travel to (or from) the Middle East. Number of awards vary, offered annually; value up to £7,500.  Applicants must be postdoctoral scholars ordinarily resident in the UK.

Pilot Study Award Guidance Notes (PDF)

Pilot Study Award Conditions (PDF)

Pilot Study Application form (Word Doc)

Application deadline 11 December 2017

Project awards

Team-based Fieldwork Research Awards: 

The Council for British Research in the Levant is inviting applications for proposals related to team-based fieldwork within the Levant. CBRL has a strong record of team-based fieldwork research and wishes to maintain UK engagement and expertise. Applications should be for strategic projects that will enhance the profile of UK research in the Levant, and which offer the support and commitment of the applicant’s own institution. We also encourage applicants to work to develop sustainable collaborations with local institutions. Projects should provide research/publication opportunities for developing researchers and therefore help to develop the regional knowledge and skills-base required to allow research in the region to continue beyond the current generation. Awards will normally be up to £5,000 per year for two or three years of fieldwork, with an absolute maximum of £7,500 per year. 

CBRL has a policy of assisting the completion of research projects, including a small number of projects inherited from its predecessors, the BSAJ and BIAAH. In some cases this includes support for additional analytical work, in others for support to produce final publication manuscripts, to complete project archives, or to repatriate research materials to the appropriate authorities in the region. CBRL has limited funds available to help such work. 

Application deadline 11 December 2017

Project Affiliation: 

Project awardsProject affiliation provides a formal link with CBRL for projects that are not CBRL funded, but where our institutional support may be beneficial, or where affiliation may enhance the academic and research role of the project and CBRL. CBRL invites applications for project affiliation for postdoctoral research in the humanities and social sciences to be undertaken in the countries of the Levant. All applications should clearly demonstrate that CBRL affiliation is sought for a clearly defined piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion. Projects with funding from AHRC, ESRC, Leverhulme, or the British Academy may apply through a fast track system.