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

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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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Cultural Heritage

Application ends Monday 31 October 2022

The BIAA is seeking to appoint a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow focusing on cultural heritage. The duration of the Fellowship is 12 months, starting on 2nd January 2023.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 October 2022, 23:59 UK time. Members of the BIAA Research Committee will consider applications received before this date. Online interviews will take place by mid-November 2022.

The Fellow is expected to spend 50% of their time on the BIAA’s ongoing cultural heritage research programme in consultation with the BIAA Director, Dr Lutgarde Vandeput and the BIAA Cultural Heritage Assistant Director, Dr Işılay Gürsu. The Fellow will use the remaining time to work on their own cultural heritage-related research.

Fellows will be based at the Institute in Ankara and will be required to spend at least two-thirds of their Fellowship at the Institute. The remaining time can be spent outside Ankara for research purposes, following consultation with the BIAA Director. The Fellow is expected to take over some of the responsibilities of the current Cultural Heritage Assistant Director who will be on research leave to take up a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.

Main duties:

  • Be committed to expanding the BIAA’s reputation as an important and innovative centre for cultural heritage and public archaeology studies.
  • Strengthen the links between scholars from the UK and Türkiye, expand the research portfolio and disseminate the Institute’s cultural heritage programme to a wider audience.
  • Increase collaboration with other foreign institutes in Türkiye on cultural heritage-related topics.
  • Initiate the organisation of a Public Archaeology Conference that is planned to take place in 2024 (in coordination with the BIAA Cultural Heritage Assistant Director).
  • Contribute to monitoring cultural heritage-related funding calls and if possible, design projects which may lead to the extension of the Fellowship.
  • Support the BIAA Director in the organisation of cultural heritage related events for the celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of the BIAA in 2023 (the Fellow will be supported by existing research staff).
  • Contribute to the expansion of the BIAA David French Library collections by identifying new acquisitions for the cultural heritage section.
  • Network with leading scholars and practitioners, and lecture audiences in UK and Türkiye to attract a new generation of public archaeology specialists working on Türkiye.

Fellows will be awarded £20,000 stipend per annum, payable in monthly instalments as a non-taxable grant. They will receive 22 days of annual leave.  All costs including travel (to and from Türkiye as well as any academic travel, such as to attend conferences), health insurance, visas and accommodation need to be covered by this annual amount. Accommodation will be available at the Institute in Ankara, as required, at a rate of £10 per night or £250 per month. It is important to note that, due to new regulations regarding residence permits in Türkiye, Fellows will be obliged to obtain health insurance from a Turkish company for the duration of their stay. The BIAA will assist with organising this.

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BIAA Study Grants of up to £2,000

Application ends Thursday 3 November 2022

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.

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BIAA Research Grants of up to £5,000.

Application ends Thursday 3 November 2022

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.

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BIAA Large Research Grants of up to £20,000

Application ends Thursday 3 November 2022

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 Turkey.

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New Masters Dissertation Prize 

Application ends Thursday 1 December 2022

The British Institute at Ankara announces a new annual prize for excellence in Masters level work.

The BIAA Masters Dissertation Prize will be awarded for a dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of a taught Masters course (MA, MSt, MSc, MPhil, etc.) in a UK University or Higher Education Institution, on a topic relating to Turkey and/or the Black Sea, covering any period from prehistory to the present day. Topics may include, but are not restricted to: archaeology, history, politics, geography, language, art, music or science. The main language of all submissions must be English, and the dissertation must have been examined and graded as part of a Masters Degree awarded in 2021 or 2022.

The prize will amount to £500 plus three-years’ membership of the BIAA.  Judging will be undertaken by a panel nominated by the BIAA Council, with the assistance of subject experts. Consideration will be given to the depth and sophistication of the dissertation’s scholarly inquiry, the level of critical acumen and insights displayed, awareness of the research context and innovativeness of the dissertation, its coherence and the professionalism of presentation.

Applicants should send a short cover letter to explain the suitability of their dissertation for the prize, a letter of endorsement from their MA supervisor, proof that they have been awarded the Masters Degree, and an electronic copy of the dissertation, after it has been examined, to: biaa@britac.ac.uk or The British Institute at Ankara, 10/11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.

Closing date: 1st December 2022 at 23:59

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