British Institute for the Study of Iraq Research and Conference Grants 2018

Publish Date: Dec 14, 2017

Deadline: Feb 01, 2018

Research and Conference Grants

BISI provides funding to support research and conferences that focus principally on the lands and peoples of Iraq. We welcome applications from the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences subjects, and topics may cover any time period from prehistory to the medieval period to the present. 

Funding Available

BISI can only fund direct costs such as equipment, travel expenses, and consultancy fees, normally up to a total of £4,000 - although more substantial awards may exceptionally be made. BISI cannot pay institutional overheads, salary costs, PhD studentships, or other normal living costs.

Annual Deadline 1 February


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 for a Research Grant or Conference Grant. Completed applications must be emailed to 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.

Use of the Award

The award is to support the proposed project described in the application. If the resulting project is expected to vary in any significant way, prior approval must be sought from BISI’s Fieldwork and Research Committee

Expenditure should be made in accordance with the items originally set out in the application. Expenditure may be varied between budget heads, within reason. Small adjustments may be made without recourse to BISI, but if any significant adjustment to the proposed expenditure is envisaged, prior permission should be sought from BISI’s Fieldwork and Research Committee. 

Research Ethics

BISI attaches considerable importance to the maintenance of high ethical standards in the development, conduct and reporting of the research it supports and to ensure that it is conducted in a professional manner and will not give rise to distress or annoyance to individuals. 

It is the responsibility of the award-holder to ensure that research is organised and undertaken within a framework of best practice and BISI expects research to be conducted in accordance with the highest standards of integrity and research methodology. Ethical issues should be interpreted broadly and may encompass, among other things, relevant codes of practice, the involvement of human participants, tissue or data in research, research that may result in damage to the environment and the use of sensitive economic, social or personal data.

BISI has a zero tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption and is committed to acting fairly and with integrity in all of its business dealings and relationships and implementing and enforcing effective systems to counter bribery. 

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