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Grants for travel and research


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 From 2016, as they are received, website reports on field research will be available as downloadable pdfs. Scroll down the page and go to each year for a list of successful grant awards and the reports.

Each year the Palestine Exploration Fund offers grants for travel and research related to topics connected with its founding aims. 

“to promote research into the archaeology and history, manners and customs and culture, topography, geology and natural sciences of biblical Palestine and the Levant”

The Committee welcomes interdisciplinary applications relating to the Fund’s aims, as well as those relating to the PEF’s archival collections. Research projects must avoid political, religious, or ideological bias, and must respect International laws relating to antiquities and archaeolgical activity in the Ocupied Territories.Grant awards range from about £450 to £2,000. Full listings of previous grant awards can be seen towards the bottom of this page.

Previous grants: 

  • Food production and consumption in times of change: the case of Tall Dhiban, Jordan (Bruce Routledge 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Public Building Programmes at Iron IIB Dibhan: State initiatives and emergent structures (Bruce Routledge 2014)
  • ‘Umm at Tawabin’: A Nabataean/Roman Military Camp, Ghor as-Safi, Jordan (Alexandra Ariotti 2016, 2017)
  • Survey of Forts & Police Posts on the South-Eastern Shores of the Dead Sea (Alexandra Ariotti 2014)
  • The Islamic Bayda Project (Micaela Sinibaldi 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • An archaeological survey of Crusader settlements in Transjordan (Michaela Sinbaldi 2012)
  • An Investigation of Fatimid Metalwork from Tabariyya and Kaysariyya: Two Archaeological Findspots from Medieval Bilad al-Sham (Gregory Bilotto 2016)
  • A study of Fatimid metal Objects in the Keir Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art (Gregory Bilotto 2017)
  • The International Khubta Tombs Project, Petra, Jordan (Lucy Wadeson 2011, 2013)
  • The International Umm el-Biyara Project, Petra, Jordan (Piotr Bienkowsk, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Religion, Modernity & the Material: Reception of the Holy Land (Crispin Paine 2017)
  • Differences in Traditional Health Seeking Practices Between Rural and Urban Negev Bedouin Populations (Monika Wanis 2017)
  • Karimeh Abbud: Lady Photographer of Palestine (Mary Pelletier 2016)
  • In the Footsteps of Bliss and Dickie on Mount Zion (Yehiel Zelinger 2016)
  • Yusuf Kanaan: Local Agency and its Limitations in Nineteenth-century Palestinian Archaeology (Sarah Irving 2016)
  • On the Medieval and Ottoman Syro-Jordanian Hajj Roads to Mecca (Claudine Dauphin 2015)
  • Artas Wailing Songs in Hilma Granqvist's Legacy at the PEF: a diachronic study (Rosanna Sirignano 2015)
  • How are Artistic Skills and Sensibilities Constructed through Formal Art Education in Palestine (Helen Underhill, 2014)
  • In Search of Early Pilgrimage Eulogia of Jerusalem (Lucy O'Connor, 2014)
  • A study of the Petrie donation of Bronze Age pottery in the PEF collections (Roger Anderson, 2013)
  • Nabataean test excavations at Petra (Clive Vella, student research, 2013)
  • Aerial Archaeology workshops in the Middle East (Robert Bewley, 2013)
  • The final publication and study of the Woolley-Lawrence collections of Bronze Age pottery from Carchemish in the British Museum and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Paola Sconzo, 2012)
  • Experiments to assess the use of stable isotope analysis in plant remains in Near Eastern archaeology (Pascal Flohr, 2011)
  • C14 analysis for the Tell Hisban Project, Jordan (Kay Prag, 2011)
Responsibilities of successful applicants
All successful applicants must submit their receipts to the PEF office to show their expenditure. They are also required to report on their work (see Grant Reports and blogs below).

The Executive Committee of the Fund has decided that all future applicants for Fund grants should be or become subscribers to the Palestine Exploration Fund.  Find out more about becoming a PEF member from our membership page.


The deadline for grant applications is towards the end of Feburary and grants are awarded by the end of March in the same year. See below under 2017 Grant Awards for details of this year's successful projects


Application Form and Procedure   

The following forms and notes are available to download here.

PEF grant form (PDF | DOC)

PEF reference request form

PEF grants notes as of 2016.pdf

Please read the notes before filling out the application form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange for their application and references to be submitted to the PEF by the deadline. Those references which do not reach the PEF by this date (either by post, e-mail or fax), may not be considered by the committee.

Copies of the submitted form will be circulated to all members of the Executive Committee before the meeting at which the applications will be considered. If you wish, you may send with the summary a more detailed estimate of costs, the objectives of your project, and past seasons' work.

Please address your application to:

The Grants Manager,
Palestine Exploration Fund,
2 Hinde Mews,
Marylebone Lane,
London W1U 2AA

Alternatively, you can e-mail the form as an attachment to the Executive Secretary by the following address:  Referees may also send their reference forms by e-mail.

Grants are paid to successful applicants shortly before the money is to be used. The ultimate deadline for claiming a grant award is the end of the October of that year.  If the grant is taken up, but the recipient is unable to carry out the project as scheduled, recipients must contact the Grants Manager as soon as possible, and return the cheque.


Grant Reports and blogs

A new reporting system has been agreed for all grant reports effective from the 2015 round onwards.

PEQ Report
A brief report summary on all the grants reports will be compiled annually by the Grants Chair. This will take the form of a paragraph on each grant project, with details of the recipient and the name of the project. Details should include a summary of the aims of the research project, what was achieved, and any changes to the field work which were necessary during the course of the project. This report will be published annually in the spring - summer following the award of the grants. Those grants awarded in March 2015 will be reported in this manner in PEQ in either the March or the June issue of 2016.

Some grants projects (eg those for which the PEF is providing full funding) may merit fuller publication in PEQ as a proper research article, and the grants committee will make this recommendation or condition to an award where applicable. Publication of a research article in PEQ will be at the discretion of the Editor, and subject to peer review.

Website and Blog Reports

All grantees must submit an informal post to be posted on the PEF's 'In the Field' blog. Blogs should be short, snappy and publicly accessible. This should be submitted either during or directly after field work. Blogs should feature text (up to 400 words), images, audio or video showing work in progress or recently completed.  Images should be at least 150 dpi, sent with captions.  Text should be written in a publicly accessible style, and feature highlights and personal experience from the work conducted.
Images should be sent as separate files, with captions in the text where the images should  go. Please do not send blogs with the images embedded. Please provide  image credits for all images used, including your own.
Guidelines for website field reports
Longer field reports (c.750-2000 words) for the website  should contain:
•    a brief introduction to the area of research relevant to project, with relevant references in text and a bibliography
•    acknowledgement of the PEF's award, and an indication of how the money was spent (ie travel, fieldwork support etc)
•    a few specific findings with supporting data (images, tables, maps, audio video that are different from what's on the blog)
•    general conclusions and next steps for research
•    Images should be embedded in the text, with captions and credits indicated in the appropriate location so that we can upload the whole as a pdf document.

The blog post and the website report are reviewed by the Grants Chair.

Articles for the blog and website are submitted through the website manager who will forward them to the Grants Chair. Research articles for PEQ should be submitted through the Taylor and Francis article submission system.

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 From 2016 website reports will be available as downloadable pdfs. Go to the year below and click on the link.

The Palestine Exploration Fund, 2 Hinde Mews, Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2AA
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