British Institute for the Study of Iraq Pilot Project Grants 2018

Publish Date: Dec 14, 2017

Deadline: Feb 01, 2018

Pilot Project Grants

BISI’s pilot project grant scheme is designed to support a short period of preliminary research  - up to one year - that has the potential to grow into a longer-term, larger-scale project supported by a Research Council or other large funding body. Only one project annually will be funded under this scheme

Subject Matter

We welcome applications in support of research on Iraq, in all fields of the arts, humanities or social sciences, concerned with any time period from prehistory to the medieval era to the present day. 

Funding Available

BISI can only fund direct costs such as equipment, travel expenses, and consultancy fees, up to a total of £8,000. It cannot pay institutional overheads, salary costs, PhD studentships, or other normal living costs.


Under this scheme, applicants should normally be employed by, or have an official connection with, a UK Higher Education Institution. Proof of the applicant’s affiliation may be requested.

Application Procedure

Please study the application form and guidance notes  carefully before applying. Completed applications must be sent to BISI by email (word documents preferred) at, in time for the deadline. Decisions will be announced in March.


Two letters of recommendation must be submitted in support of each application and should be sent to by the deadline above.

Grants are awarded to individuals and institutions by the BISI Council after assessment by the Fieldwork and Research Committee. Decisions are based on the quality and practicality of the proposed research, the costing of the work, the qualifications of the applicant to conduct the work, and the reports of referees.

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