Research Grants

The Board of Management for the Wainwright Fund operates in the making of grants under the terms of the University of Oxford Statute IX.I.273:6: 'at its absolute discretion for the furtherance of the study of the archaeology of the Near East'. In the donor's memorandum (1952), through which this summary definition is interpreted, there is the following relevant passage:

'to encourage the study... of the non-classical archaeology and general history as deduced from comparative archaeology (archaeology being taken to mean the study of the objects as a science in itself, hence excluding language, literature or philology) of the following countries (hereinafter called the Near East): Asia Minor, Armenia, Caucasia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Arabia, Abyssinia, the Sudan to West Africa, the Sahara, Cyrenaica, Tripoli, Tunisia and its islands, Algeria, Morocco, with preference being given to the first nine'.

In modern conditions, the Board considers this to mean: any country or countries of Northern Africa and the Near East (from Morocco to Afghanistan).

Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK, or affiliated to a UK institution.

Members of the Board of Management of the Wainwright Fund are eligible to apply for grants, but must take no part in the decision making process concerning their application.

Applicants will also need to download the Application Form. The deadlines for all applications are strictly 15th April and 1st October. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

To download a Research Grant Application Form in Microsoft Word format, please click here

Some useful Hints and Tips for applicants for the Research Grant are available here

Please note that with immediate effect the Board has decided to raise the maximum application amount to £4000. The Board reserves the right to amend this figure at any time.