The BIAA offers a number of different funding opportunities, grants and awards to support academics at all stages of their career.
Each year the BIAA offers grants of up to 2000, 5000, and 20000 GBP to support UK-based academics to carry out research in Türkiye and the Black Sea regionFurther information
The BIAA annually awards research scholarship and research assistant positions to students with a masters degree, and post-doctoral fellowships to recently completed PhD studentsFurther information
The BIAA offers a number of small awards for UK-based graduate students and academics to visit Türkiye and for graduate students and academics based in Türkiye to visit the UK to carry out researchFurther information
The BIAA can host externally funded researchers based at UK higher education institutions and awards honorary fellowships to scholars who have previously collaborated with the InstituteFurther information
Please find below currently open calls for applications with details, eligibility criteria and application instructions for each call.
Support is intended for researchers wishing to operate within the Strategic Research Initiatives currently sponsored by the Institute. Proposals may relate to all historical periods up to and including contemporary Turkey. The BIAA is especially interested in supporting projects that employ comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches, as well as those that seek to establish collaborations with other institutions with a view to generating larger overall project funding. Organisers of potentially diverse and collaborative projects should identify the main strand of their investigation and the main research questions for which BIAA funding is being sought.Find out more
A grant of up to £400 is available to enable an undergraduate or postgraduate student to participate in a fieldwork project (excavation, survey, study season) that relates to Hellenic studies (in its widest sense).Find out more
BIAA Study Grants of up to £2,000
Support is intended for researchers to carry out periods of study abroad in the fields of the arts, humanities and the social sciences. Projects should be related to and/or undertaken in Türkiye and the Black Sea region, and should fit within one of the Strategic Research Initiatives currently sponsored by the Institute.Find out more
Two grants of up to £1,000 each are available to support postgraduate students in any field of the arts, humanities and social sciences to participate in fieldwork or other research activity in Türkiye. In addition to the grant, the BIAA will offer successful applicants free accommodation at the BIAA hostel in Ankara.Find out more
The BIAA has established a scholarship of £1,000 in memory of David Edwin Jameson, who worked in Türkiye with the support of the Institute in 1961, and was greatly impacted by the country and its people. Thanks to generous funds donated by his sister Shelagh, this scholarship will support doctoral candidates who wish to undertake fieldwork in Türkiye.
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In memory of archaeologist Dr David French, Director of the British Institute at Ankara from 1968 to 1994 and indefatigable explorer of Türkiye ancient and modern, his family have established two scholarships to be administered by the Institute.Find out more
Turkish and Black Sea Scholars’ Fund grants are awarded to researchers wishing to travel to the UK to visit a recognised 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). Grants are also awarded to researchers intending to travel to the Institute’s premises in Ankara to further their research interests by using the collections held at the BIAA’s centre for research excellence. This year, four grants of up to £2000 each are being offered.Find out more
BIAA Large Research Grants of up to £20,000
Support is intended for primary Directors of large-scale research projects that address one or more of the Institute’s current Strategic Research Initiatives. Proposals may relate to all historical periods up to and including contemporary Türkiye.Find out more
The Assistant Director supports and reports to the Director. Responsibilities include the management and facilitation of Ottoman/Contemporary Türkiye-related aspects of the BIAA’s research programme and public events and outreach, managing the library staff and the daily running of the library. The Assistant Director also collaborates with the BIAA IT Manager to further develop BIAA’s IT digital framework.
The post of Assistant Director is key to the daily organisation and smooth running of the Institute’s research activities with potential to shape the future research agenda whilst undertaking their own research for which they are eligible to apply to the BIAA for research grants.
The successful candidate will be based in Ankara for three years with the possibility of a fourth year extension. The Assistant Director is required to be resident in Ankara for most of the year, except for absences agreed with the Director for the purposes of research, and will be responsible to the Director, who will be the Assistant Director’s line manager.Find out more
The Institute welcomes applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship with research that fits within one of the Strategic Research Initiatives. Details about the Strategic Research Initiatives can be found here.
The Fellowship will be tenable for 12 months from September 2023. The Fellow will be based at the Institute in Ankara and will be required to spend at least two-thirds of the Fellowship period at the Institute. The remaining one-third can be spent outside Ankara for research purposes after consultation with the director.Find out more
Grant assessment is a valuable part of the BIAA Research Grant process and critical to the successful outcome of projects across Türkiye and the Black Sea region.
We are interested in prospective grant assessors from various academic backgrounds with a focus on Türkiye and/or the Black Sea region. Assessors would have established expertise in one or more of (but not limited to) the following disciplines:
BIAA Research Committee assesses research grant applications biannually, in May and November of each year. Once assessors have agreed to undertake the review, we would ask them to have time to carry out the assessment in the four weeks prior to the Research Committee meetings. There would be a two-week turnaround for your assessment.
What to expect
Each grant assessor must commit to providing objective, constructive, detailed, and timely written assessments for each application, along with an overall numerical score. The reviews will be anonymised. Along with the proposal’s referees, these assessments will be used to recommend applications for funding.
It is expected that integrity, confidentiality and anonymity will guide your grant assessments for the BIAA. You will also ensure that there is no conflict of interest.Find out more