Annual Research Grants 2021

Because the coronavirus pandemic has made much fieldwork impossible for the near future, we are changing our focus for this year towards post-field work and publication costs. This can include lab costs, illustration costs, and image license costs. In every other respect the aims of the grants remain the same, to promote research into the archaeology and history, ethnography, anthropology and culture, topography, geology and natural sciences of Palestine and the Levant. 


Grant applications are accepted from December 14th 2020 to February 26th 2021, and awards are announced in mid-March. The Committee welcomes interdisciplinary applications relating to the Fund’s aims, as well as those relating to the PEF’s archival collections. Projects must avoid political, religious, or ideological bias, and must respect International laws relating to antiquities and archaeological activity in the Occupied Territories. Grant awards range from about £450 to £2,000.

2020 Field Research Grant Awards

Angelos Papadopoulos, College Year in Athens

“Cypriot and Mycenaean pottery at Tel el Hesi – a Comparative Study” 


Claudine Dauphin, Independent

“Sacred Landscapes”: The Ummayyad Syro-Jordanian Hajj Roads to Mecca and their Pilgrim Camps 


Chris Wilson, University of East Anglia  

“Palestinian Psychiatric Patients in Lebanon during the Mandate Period” 


Diederik Halbertsma, University of Liverpool                             

“Episodic Labour Mobilisation During the Levant’s ‘Dark Ages’: The View from Khirbet al-Mudayna al-‘Aliya”  


Emanuel Pfoh, IMHICIHU-CONICET Buenos Aires              

“The Ethnographic Construction of Palestine in the Works of Claude Reignier Conder” 


James Fraser, University of Sydney                                                

“The Khirbet Ghozlan Excavation Project: Investigating Bronze Age horticulture in the Jordan Valley escarpment.” 


Mahmoud Hawari, University of Bethlehem

“Khirbat al-Mafjar Archaeological Project, Jericho” 


Omar Joseph Nasser-Khoury, Independent

“Phase III: Documentation of the British Museum’s Palestine Textile Collection: A Knowledge Exchange Fellowship 2018-2019″ 


Will. M. Kennedy, Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg

“The Petra Hinterland Social Landscapes Project” 


TOTAL AWARDED IN 2020:  £11,844

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Previous grants awards

£12,000 was available for grant awards in 2019

The following awards were made:

James Fraser:

The Khirbet Ghozlan Excavation Project: Investigating Bronze Age horticulture in the Jordan Valley escarpment. £2,000

Yorke Rowan: 

Eastern Badia Archaeological Project: Wisad Pools £3,500

Omar J Nasser Khoury:
Phase II: Documentation of the British Museum’s Palestine Textile Collection: A Knowledge Exchange Fellowship. £2,000

Pascal Flohr:
More than Meets the Eye: Locating Late Neolithic sites on the Kerak Plateau, Jordan. £1,060

Jeffrey Auerbach:                                                                                                                                                                        

Exploring Palestine, 1865-1885: Public-Private Partnership and the origins of the British Mandate in Palestine. £2,000

£12,000 was available for grant awards in 2018

The following awards were made:

Charlotte Kelsted:
British Women’s Perceptions of Arab and Jewish Child-Rearing Practices and Family Relationships in Mandate Palestine: An Initial Research Trip £450

Yorke Rowan:
Eastern Badia Archaeological Project: Wisad Pools £4,325

Omar J Nasser Khoury:
Documentation of the British Museum’s Palestine Textile Collection: A Knowledge Exchange Fellowship £2,000

Micaela Sinibaldi:
Islamic Bayda Project £2,730

£12,000 was available for grant awards in 2017

The following awards were made:

Crispin Paine:
Religion, Modernity & the Material: Reception of the Holy Land £3,000

Gregory Bilotto:
A study of Fatimid metal Objects in the Keir Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art £500

Alexandra Ariotti:
‘Umm at Tawabin’: A Nabataean/Roman Military Camp, Ghor as-Safi, Jordan £3,000

Bruce Routledge:
Food production and consumption in times of change: the case of Tall Dhiban, Jordan £1,980

Monika Wanis:
Differences in Traditional Health Seeking Practices Between Rural and Urban Negev Bedouin Populations £500

Micaela Sinibaldi:
The Islamic Bayda Project £3,000

The Routledge Philip R. Davies Early Career Publication Award

Deadline: 11th December 17:00 GMT

The Palestine Exploration Fund, in conjunction with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, is pleased to open the call for entries for the 2020 Davies Early Career Researcher Award.

This award honours the memory of Professor Philip R. Davies, prior Chair of the Fund, who died suddenly and before his time in May 2018. The Award recognises his unique contribution to scholarship, his enthusiasm for academic publishing, and his desire to develop younger scholars.  The award encourages early career scholars in producing original, high quality research articles. To this end, rather than a single prize, the Fund offers prizes to the winner and up to two runners up, as well as the chance to publish their articles in the PEF’s own peer-reviewed journal, the Palestine Exploration Quarterly (PEQ). The PEQ focuses on the study of the Levant in the areas of archaeology, history, anthropology, geography, art, and languages. 

Philip R. Davies. Photo by Birgit Manze-Davies.

Who can apply?

The award is open to scholars of all nationalities who have completed their Ph.D within 10 years of the submission deadline.

What is required?

Entries of original, unpublished research up to 6,000 words in length (including footnotes, but not bibliography) in areas covered by the PEQ will be considered for this award. Papers should be of publishable quality, but must not have been previously published or submitted for review in another location. 

How to enter?

Entries should be sent in an email that indicates the entrants name, contact details, and date of PhD award. Please attach to the email an anonymised PDF version of the article including a 250 word abstract, the article, any supplementary material (illustrations, figures, etc…), and a complete bibliography to the Palestine Exploration Fund at chair.pef@gmail.comThe deadline for submissions is Friday, 11 December 2020 at 17:00 GMT.

What is the Prize?

The winner will receive a cash prize of £750, with the first runner up awarded £350 and the second runner up £100. All three winning pieces will be considered for publication in PEQ, subject to the normal peer review process.

The Palestine Exploration Fund/Albright Institute Fellowship

London and Jerusalem.

Deadline: 15th October 2020

An award of £3,000 to support research that requires access to the PEF archives and collection and also time spent in residence at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. The Fellowship requires a minimum of 10 working days at the PEF in Greenwich, London, and a 1 month minimum stay at AIAR in Jerusalem. The room and half-board at the Institute ($1,200 per month) will come from the award, with the rest a flexible stipend for the other activities. This Fellowship is open to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers of all nationalities. This Fellowship is for a residential period between 1 September 2020 and 31 May 2021. The working days at the PEF may be completed anytime from the granting of the award until 31 May 2021.


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