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Directed Archaeological Research For World Heritage Sites

The Royal Irish Academy, together with the National Monuments Service welcomes applications for Directed Archaeological Research for World Heritage Sites. This grant offers an opportunity for those working on the archaeology of the Brú na Bóinne and Sceilig Mhichíl World Heritage Sites.

This year the Royal Irish Academy welcomes ambitious projects, which will aid in the management of the archaeological resource within the core areas of World Heritage properties or maintain, and where possible enhance, the Outstanding Universal Value of these internationally important sites.


Who can apply?

This scheme is open to archaeological researchers/archaeologists for work in the Republic of Ireland. It is not open to undergraduate or postgraduate students, or PhD candidates.

Costs and activities which are ineligible

  • Applications for projects directly connected to postgraduate studies in a third level institution are excluded
  • Successful applicants are not allowed to claim a salary from funds awarded. The grant, upon the submission of vouched expenses, may be used to pay out of pocket directorial expenses accrued as a result of working on the project
  • The grant does not fund institutional overheads, and the grant cannot be used to cover any element that should be properly ascribed to institutional overheads.
  • The purchase of items of equipment (e.g. cameras or survey equipment) that researchers would normally be expected to have are ineligible.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit a detailed application form online, including:

  • Where relevant, a letter from the landowner stating that the applicant has discussed the application with him/her and that there is permission in principle for the work.
  • A letter from the NMS stating that the applicant has discussed the application and that there is permission in principle for the proposed work.

In order to make an application for funding you will need to familiarise yourself with the ‘Guidelines for applicants’ document which you can view here

Please click here to access the online application form.

Funding available

€20,000 is available for Directed Archaeological Research for World Heritage Sites in this round of funding. The projects below were funded in the previous round.

Applicant Title of project County
Gary Dempsey Rathcroghan Field System Survey Roscommon
James O’Driscoll Western Stone Forts 3D Project Kerry and Galway
Roseanne Schot Hill of Uisneach, Co. Westmeath Westmeath

Submission deadline

The Directed Research for World Heritage Sites Scheme opens on 19th October and will remain open until 26th November 2018.

Any application received after 17:00 (GMT), Monday 26th November 2018 will be deemed ineligible and returned to the applicant.

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