Grants & Opportunities

The BIAA offers a number of different funding opportunities, grants and awards to support academics at all stages of their career.

General information about BIAA grants and fellowships


Research Project Funding

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 region

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Research Positions at the BIAA

The BIAA annually awards research scholarship and research assistant positions to students with a masters degree, and post-doctoral fellowships to recently completed PhD students

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Support for academic visits

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 research

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Facilitation Support

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 Institute

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Open calls for applications

Please find below currently open calls for applications with details, eligibility criteria and application instructions for each call.

BIAA-University of Oxford Martin Harrison Memorial Fellowship

Application ends Wednesday 31 May 2023

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 to come to the United Kingdom and Oxford for a period of research. The Fellowships are open to Turkish citizens resident in Turkey who are working in any area of the material and visual culture of Anatolia, from the Prehistoric to the Ottoman period.

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BIAA Assistant Director (Contemporary/ Ottoman Türkiye)

Application ends Thursday 15 June 2023

The Assistant Director supports and reports to the Director. Responsibilities include the management and facilitation of Contemporary/ Ottoman 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.

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BIAA Grant Assessor: Expression of interest

Application ends Tuesday 31 December 2024

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:

  • Archaeology and related disciplines
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • History: Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman or early Republican
  • Social and Political Science, including conflict, peace, migration, minorities and regional identities
  • Climate change and environment

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.

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