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Application Form and Procedure   

The following forms and notes are available to download here.

PEF grant form (Google Document)

PEF reference request form

PEF reference request form.pdf

Grant Notes 2018

Grant Notes 2018.pdf

Follow our grants researchers in the field by visiting our blog at:

In 2016 & 2017, 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.

In 2018, reports will be published in PEQ, and blogs will be posted on the PEF blog. Click on the link above to see these 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)
  • David Gurevich: Analysis of Water Systems in Light of Warren's and Schick's Excavations in Jerusalem (2014)
  • 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

Grant Notes 2018.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 Chief Exectuive,
Palestine Exploration Fund,
2 Hinde Mews,
Marylebone Lane,
London W1U 2AA

Alternatively, you can e-mail the form as an attachment to the Chief Exectuive 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

From 2018, Grant recipients will be required to submit a report for publication in PEQ, and a blog piece. Recipients should also submit a budget outlining the project’s expenditure to the PEF within one month of the project’s completion.This should be accompanied by original receipts or photocopies of original receipts.

PEQ Report

A summary report of the research project should be submitted to PEQ.This report should be up to 1000 words long, and with 2-3 supporting illustrations. It should include details of the recipient and the name of the project. The report should also include:


 •   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 (, field work support etc.)

•   A few specific findings with supporting data (images, tables, maps, that are different from what's on the blog)

•   General conclusions and next steps for research


 This report should be submitted to the Chief Executive at who will forward it to the Grants chair and the Editor of PEQ.


Some projects (e.g. those for which the PEF is providing full funding) may merit fuller publication in  PEQ as a proper peer-reviewed  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. Research articles for PEQ should be submitted through the Taylor & Francis article submission system.


Blog Reports

All grantees must submit an informal blog to be posted on the PEF's 'In the Field' blog. Blogs should be short, snappy and publicly accessible and feature highlights and  personal experience from the work conducted. Blogs should be submitted either during or directly after fieldwork.  They should feature text (up to 700 words), images, audio or video showing work in progress or recently completed. Images should be at least 150 dpi, sent as separate image files with captions in the text where they should go. Please provide image credits for all images used, including your own.

The blog post and the PEQ summary report are reviewed by the Grants Chair. Please submit your PEQ report within 1 month of completion of fieldwork


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 For 2016 and 2017 website reports will be available as downloadable pdfs. Go to the year below and click on the link.

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