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Archaeology Research Grants

The Royal Irish Academy runs an annual Archaeology Research Grants Scheme. The objective of this scheme is fund research projects in Irish archaeology, excluding excavation, which provide a significant and original contribution to archaeological knowledge.

The small research grant is intended to focus on an innovative and standalone research question and standalone research answer. Geophysics which is intended to form the basis for a grant for excavation is not allowed under this scheme.

PhD students are welcome to apply under this scheme.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to submit a detailed proposal for their research project via an online submission to include:

  • The aims and scope of the project
  • The significance of the proposed project and probable contribution to knowledge
  • Plans for dissemination and publication of research results

Please note that the maximum that may be awarded to an individual application is €2,000.00.

All queries can be sent to

Click here to apply.

The Academy may contact applicants from time to time to seek clarification on elements of the application.

Submission deadline:

23:55 (GMT), Thursday 05 April 2018

All personal data collected will be used solely for the purpose of conducting a funding review assessment in line with General Data Protection Regulations. The RIA transparency statement can be found here.

Find Out More

You might also be interested in our Archaeology C14 Radiocarbon Dates Scheme 

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