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Commemorations Bursary

In honour of the late Dr. Éamon Phoenix

The Academy is delighted to welcome applications under a new Commemorations Bursary scheme, with the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Logo for the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and MediaThe aim of this scheme is to encourage new local research and local history studies (local, national and regional) as a means of recognising the significant contribution of local historians in furthering fields of study relating to the Commemoration of events associated with the early years of the state as well as other significant historical anniversaries, events and themes.

  • The purpose of this grant is to provide support for the direct costs of research up to a maximum of €10,000
  • Applications are invited for amounts from €1,500 to €10,000
  • All projects must be completed, and all associated reports and invoices/financial details submitted by 31st October 2025

The Commemorations Bursary scheme opens to applications on 9 May 2024 and will close on 9 August 2024.

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Applicants are asked to read the guidelines for applicants carefully before submitting an application here.

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