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Archaeology Research Excavation Grant

The Royal Irish Academy, together with the National Monuments Service runs an annual grant scheme for  for Archaeological Research Excavations.  This is the only fund in Ireland which supports independent research excavations on the island of Ireland and welcomes applications for new excavations, continuing excavations and post excavation work. This longstanding fund has financed more than 90 excavations in Ireland, thus enabling scholars to make a substantial contribution to our knowledge of the past.

The RIA issued ‘guidelines for applicants’ during this year’s call for applications, which can be viewed here

The deadline for applications for this grant was Monday 26 November 2018 and assessment is taking place.

Funding available

€64,850 is available for Archaeology Research Excavation grants in this round of funding. The scheme will be competitive, and the average grant awarded has previously been in the region of €5,000 - €10,000. No one grant will exceed 25% of the total grant funding for the year.

Submission deadline

The Archaeology Research Excavation Grant Scheme is closed for 2019.  

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