Grants & Opportunities


As part of its commitment to supporting young scholars and early career academics, the BIAA provides a number of different funding opportunities, grants and awards which include:

1. Research project funding

2. Research positions at the BIAA

​The institute also awards non-stipendiary honorary fellowships

3. Support for academic-purpose trips to UK or Turkey

4. Facilitation Support

The institute also offers facilitation support to non-BIAA funded projects



Eligibility criteria may differ for each different opportunity. See detailed description of the different opportunities below or

 see currently open calls for applications 


 


Details of funding schemes and opportunities
Please note that these are not necessarily opened every year. Consult the above link to see currently open calls

Project Grants up to 5K per year for a maximum of one year

Purpose | Support is intended for researchers who wish to operate within one of the Strategic Research Initiatives currently sponsored by the Institute.  Proposals may relate to all historical periods up to contemporary Turkey.  The BIAA is especially interested in supporting projects that employ comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches, and to establish collaborations with other institutions with a view to generating larger overall project funding.   The organisers of potentially diverse and collaborative projects should identify the main strand of their investigation and the main research questions that the BIAA is asked to fund.

Eligibility |  Advanced research at post-doctoral to senior academic level in the fields of the arts, humanities and the social sciences that is related to and/or undertaken in Turkey and/or the Black Sea littoral is eligible. Applicants must be linked to a UK Higher Education Institution. In accordance with the regulations of the British Academy, applicants may not apply for funding to both the British Academy and the British Institute at Ankara.

Application period | Call for applications usually announced in February. Check currently open calls for applications.

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Study grants up to 2K for fieldwork or other research in Turkey and the Black Sea Region

Purpose | Support is intended for researchers to carry out periods of study abroad in the fields of the arts, humanities and the social sciences that is related to and/or undertaken in Turkey and the Black Sea littoral and fit within one of the Strategic Research Initiatives currently sponsored by the Institute.

Eligibility | Applicants must be linked to a UK Higher Education Institution. In accordance with the regulations of the British Academy, applicants may not make applications for funding to both the British Academy and the British Institute at Ankara

Application period | Call for applications usually announced in February. Check currently open calls for applications.

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As one of the British International Research Institutes (BIRI). The BIAA can be a hosting institution in Turkey for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships, Mid-Career Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships. Applicants may include time spent at a BIRI institution.  Details of the grant schemes may be found at http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding-opportunities

The BIRI network includes the British School at Athens, British School at Rome, British Institute in Eastern Africa, British Institute of Persian Studies, British Institute at Ankara and the Council for British Research in the Levant; see http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-international-research-institutes for further details.

Details | The primary base may be in a UK University or at the BIRI institute.  In the event that the primary base is a University, there should be specific arrangements for the award-holder to spend regular periods of time during the Fellowship in association with the BIRI Institute. The institutions involved would need to agree a cost-sharing package to cover direct and indirect costs; the total cost should not exceed the normal total for the grant. Candidates or institutions wishing to discuss the possibility of connecting a Fellowship with one the BIAA should contact the BIAA Director.

Eligibility | Please see http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding-opportunities.

Application period | Please see http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding-opportunities.

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Post-doctoral & Research Fellowships 

Purpose | A number of post-doctoral fellowship schemes become available upon call for applications by the Institute. These include a 1-year or 2-year BIAA post-doctoral fellow post, and/or project-related post-doctoral researcher’s positions. The Fellows are based at the Institute in Ankara and will be required to spend at least two-thirds of the period of the Fellowship at the institute. The remaining one-third can be spent outside Ankara for research purposes after consultation with the director.

Eligibility | Applicants must be holders of a PhD from a UK higher education institution, awarder at most two years before their application unless the call for applications specifies otherwise. Applicants for the BIAA post-doctoral fellowship may be holders of a PhD from any of the academic disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences. Project-related post-doctoral applicants must present expertise in the specific field of the call.

Application period | Call for applications for the BIAA Post-doctoral fellowships are usually announced in February. Project-related posts can be announced any time throughout the year. Please check currently open calls for applications.

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Research Scholarships / Research Assistant ​

Purpose | The positions of the Research Scholar and/or the Research Assistant are tenable for 7-12 months (according to the call for applications) and based at the Institute in Ankara.  Candidates should have recently completed or be about to complete a Masters degree, and are expected subsequently to conduct research at doctoral level.  The Research Scholar / Assistant works with the Director and Assistant Director on enriching the extensive BIAA digital archives, updates list of BIAA projects and events, and joins the library team in updating the library’s digital records (reorganisation of subject headings and keywords, content information, etc.). The Research Scholar is expected to spend 2/3 of the time on the position working for the BIAA, whereas 1/3 can be spent on personal research. The Research Assistant normally works full-time for the BIAA.

Eligibility | Candidates should have recently completed or be about to complete a Masters degree in the fields related to the BIAA's remit, and are expected subsequently to conduct research at doctoral level.  The research undertaken at the BIAA should normally be preparatory and designed to underpin a funding application for a PhD. Applicants must be normally resident in the UK and must have a demonstrable connection with a UK academic institution. The position will be based at the Institute in Ankara.

Application period | Call for applications usually announced in October every year. Check currently open calls for applications.

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The Turkey and Black Sea region Fund

Purpose | The fund offers support for scholars of post-graduate status and above from countries bordering the Black Sea to travel to the UK in order to visit a recognized UK Higher Education Institution and further their research interests (e.g. studying a museum collection, using a university library and/or presenting papers at conferences/workshops). Support for scholars of post-graduate status and above from countries bordering the Black Sea to travel to the Institute’s premises in Ankara in order to further their research interests by using the collections held at the BIAA’s centre for research excellence is also possible. Applicants wishing to visit the UK are expected to have provisionally organised their visit to the UK prior to applying for BIAA financial support, and are asked to confirm the participation of the host institution in the UK.Applicants wishing to visit the Institute in Ankara are encouraged to apply to visit during the winter months (when accommodation at the Institute’s hostel in Ankara is more readily available). Awards of a maximum of £500 will be offered.

Eligibility | Support is available to support scholars of post-graduate status and above from countries bordering the Black Sea. The funds must be taken up within one year of award. Applications will be considered by the BIAA Research Committee.

Application period | Call for applications usually announced in February. Check currently open calls for applications.

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The Martin Harrison Fellowship 

Offered in in conjunction with Oxford University

Purpose | With funds donated in memory of the late Professor Martin Harrison, the University of Oxford has instituted a scheme of short-term Fellowships to enable Turkish scholars working in any area of the material and visual culture of Anatolia, from the Prehistoric to the Ottoman period  to come to the United Kingdom and Oxford Univeristy for a period of research. The Fellowship is to support a stay of between four and thirteen weeks, and has a maximum value of £1,500. The fellowship is offered on a bi-annual time schedule. The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) provides a return airfare to London.

Eligibility | The Fellowships are open to Turkish citizens, resident in Turkey holding a degree in Archaeology or related fields such as epigraphy, numismatics, ancient history, and art history. Applicants should have completed two years of postgraduate research and should be no older than forty-five years of age. The Fellowships are intended for doctoral students as well as for assistant and associate professors. Competence in speaking and writing English is necessary. 

Application period | When call for applications is announced. Check currently open calls for applications.

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Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies Fieldwork award

Sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.

Purpose | A grant of up to £400 is available to enable an undergraduate or postgraduate student to participate in a fieldwork project that relates to Hellenic studies (in its widest sense).

Eligibility | Support is available to enable an undergraduate or postgraduate student to participate in a fieldwork project, in Turkey or the region of the Black Sea littoral, that relates to Hellenic studies (in its widest sense). Participation in the project must take place between May and March. Applicants must be undergraduate or postgraduate students based in a British Higher Education Institution.

Application period | When call for applications is announced. Check currently open calls for applications.

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Facilitation Support

The BIAA offers facilitation services to non-BIAA funded projects conducted by scholars from UK HEIs. Please note that all research work conducted in Turkey must be carried out under the remit of a research permit. For further information on the BIAA's facilitation services please contact the BIAA London Manager

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BIAA Honorary Fellowships 

BIAA Honorary Fellowships may be awarded on application to individuals who have held the position of Assistant Director or Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and maintain a collaborative link to the Institute in their research activities.  The award of Honorary Research Fellowships is at the discretion of the  Research Committee and is granted for a period up to tow years.

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