Grants & Opportunities


The BIAA provides a number of different funding opportunities, grants and awards to support academics at all stages of the career.  These include:

1. Research project funding

2. Research positions at the BIAA

​The institute also awards non-stipendiary Honorary Fellowships

3. Support for academic visits to the UK and Turkey

4. Facilitation support

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



Eligibility criteria may differ between opportunities. See the detailed descriptions of the different opportunities below or

 see currently open calls for applications 


 


Details of funding schemes and opportunities
Please note that not all schemes will be accepting applications every year. Consult the above link to see currently open calls

Research Grants of up to £5,000 per year for a maximum of one year

Purpose | 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. 

Eligibility |  Advanced research at postdoctoral 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 region is eligible. Applicants must be linked to a UK Higher Education Institution. In accordance with British Academy regulations, 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 of up to £2,000 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. Projects should be related to and/or undertaken in Turkey and the Black Sea region, and should 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 British Academy regulations, 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 is able to act as a hosting institution for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships, Mid-Career Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships. Applicants may include time spent at a BIRI institution.  Details of available 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, Society for Libyan Studies and the Council for British Research in the Levant. See http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-international-research-institutes for further information.

Details | The primary base for a co-hosted British Academy Research Fellowship may be a UK University or a BIRI.  In the event that the primary base is a University, there should be specific arrangements in place for the award-holder to spend regular periods of time during the Fellowship working in association with the BIRI. 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 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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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 

Purpose | A number of postdoctoral research fellowship opportunities are periodically available. These include BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellowships of up to 24 months, as well as occassional project-related Postdoctoral Researcher positions.  Fellows are based at the Institute in Ankara and are required to spend at least two-thirds of the period of their Fellowship at the Institute. The remaining one-third can be spent outside Ankara for research purposes, following consultation with the BIAA Director.

Eligibility | Unless otherwise stated in the specific call for applications, applicants must have gained a PhD from a UK Higher Education Institution no more than two years prior to their application. Applications may also be accepted from candidates with an active link to a UK Higher Education Institution who gained their PhD within the last 10 years.  Applicants for BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellowships may hold a PhD from any of the academic disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences. Project-related postdoctoral applicants must demonstrate expertise in the specific field of the call.

Application period | Call for applications for BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellowships usually announced in February. Project-related posts can be announced at any time throughout the year. Please check currently open calls for applications.

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Research Scholar / Research Assistant positions

Purpose | The positions of Research Scholar and/or Research Assistant are based at the Institute in Ankara and are tenable for 7-12 months, as specified in the call for applications.  The Research Scholar / Assistant works with the Director and Assistant Director on enriching the extensive BIAA digital archives, updates lists of BIAA projects and events, and assists the library team in updating the library’s digital records (e.g. reorganisation of subject headings and keywords, compiling content information, etc.). The Research Scholar is expected to spend two-thirds of their time working for the BIAA and one-third of their time 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 Master's degree in a field within the BIAA's remit, and are expected to go on 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. 

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

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The Turkish and Black Sea Scholars' Fund

Purpose | Support is available for scholars of postgraduate status and above from countries bordering the Black Sea to travel to the UK in order to visit a recognised UK Higher Education Institution and further their research interests (e.g. by studying a museum collection, using a university library and/or presenting papers at conferences/workshops).

Support is also available for scholars  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. 

Applicants wishing to visit the UK are expected to have provisionally organised their research trip 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 up to a maximum of £500 are available.

Eligibility | Support is available to support scholars of postgraduate 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 conjunction with Oxford University

Purpose | With funds donated in memory of the late Professor Martin Harrison, the University of Oxford has instituted a programme 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 UK and visit 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 bi-annually. The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) provides a return airfare to London.

Eligibility | 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. Fellowships are intended for doctoral students as well as for assistant and associate professors. Competence in speaking and writing English is necessary. 

Application period | 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.  Applicants must be undergraduate or postgraduate students based in a UK Higher Education Institution.

Application period | 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 

Non-stipendiary BIAA Honorary Fellowships may be awarded to individuals who have held the position of Assistant Director or Postdoctoral Research Fellow and who 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 two years.

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