Society Grants

Grant Applications

The Society for Libyan Studies offers a number of grants for research projects within its current scheme: ‘Social and Cultural Interactions Across North Africa’.

Applications for the current round must be received by the General Secretary of the Society by the end of Friday 13th January 2017 for consideration by the Society’s Research Grants Committee. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of February. Please note: it is anticipated that next year there will be two further rounds of grants, with deadlines at the ends of July and November, 2017.

Both SMALL and LARGER research grants – covering all forms of research, not just fieldwork – are allocated via bi-annual applications to the Society. Grant RENEWALS, for a subsequent instalment of an agreed multi-year research grant, are allocated via annual applications to the Society.

All projects should, in some way, have a relation to Libya as well as other countries within the region (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Mali, Chad, Sudan); interactions with Malta and Crete and other regions of Southern Europe will also be considered.

It is a requirement of the British Academy, the principal sponsor of the Society and its grants scheme, that all funded projects should ‘advance the UK research endeavour’. This is understood to mean that they must, in some sense, involve British nationals and/or British institutions.

The Society will consider applications within the broad range of Humanities and Social Sciences. Please note, the Society is unable to fund PhD fees or living costs, but we can fund specific elements of a PhD project such as fieldwork or visits to particular resources.

The Society’s Research Grants Committee, led by the Chairman, Prof. Kevin MacDonald, is responsible for considering grant applications. Dr Saul Kelly is the external assessor.

For more information and to apply for one of the Society’s grants, please download and read the notes for applicants and complete the relevant application form, below:

Form A (Small Grants): Application form and guidance notes for a (small) one-off research grant involving a single individual

Form B (Larger Grants): Application form and guidance notes for an initial research grant involving more than one person or a project of more than one year’s duration

Form C (Grant Renewals): Application form and guidance notes for a subsequent instalment of an agreed multi-year research grant

Grants Awarded

Below is a list of research grants awarded by the Society during 2014-2015. Further details about the latest grants awarded by the Society will be added here shortly.

For more information about individual Society-sponsored projects, in the first instance, please contact Pauline Graham.

October 2015

‘Libyan Antiquities at Risk’ – a six month pilot project to develop a reference website and database of tombs and their decoration in Cyrenaica and Tripolitania, with particular focus on the removable and portable elements of tomb decorations that are in danger of being illegally exported from Libya and sold on the art market
Dr Susan Walker, Prof. David Mattingly, Niccolò Mugnai and Dr Julia Nikolaus (University of Leicester)

‘Metal trade in the Pre-Islamic Sahara: Lead Isotopes Analysis of Garamantian copper’
Dr Aurélie Cuénod (University of Leicester)

‘Berbers and Borderlands in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages’ (two colloquia and a publication).
Dr Andrew Merrills (University of Leicester) and Dr Corisande Fenwick (UCL)
£1228 (for this year); £6568 (for the whole project).

February 2015

The Political and Cultural Identity of the Libyan Community in Malta
Dr Luisa Gandolfo

From Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea: exports of Upper Egypt fine wares in the Late Roman/Early Byzantine period. A case of Kom al-Ahmer as a passage town
Dr Cristina Mondin

Colonial Science” and the production of a comprehensible territory in Italian Libya
Professor David Atkinson
£13785 (over two years)

October 2014

Early human dispersals and the Chotts Megalake in southern Tunisia
Prof. Nicholas Barton

Recording, Managing and Preserving Heritage: Islamic Archaeology in Tripolitania
Anna Leone

Everyday Cultures of Internet Use in Arab Societies
Prof. Simeon Yates

Isotope analysis of glasses from Fezzan
Chloë N Duckworth

Architectural decoration in Mauretania Tingitana (Morocco) and North Africa: a comparative, inter-regional study across the Roman and late antique eras
Niccolo Mugnai

February 2014

Mobility, identity and community in Christian North Africa
Corisande Fenwick et al

Funerary Monuments of Tripolitania
Julia Nikolaus et al

Late Roman commerce in the Metelis region (Alexandria – Egypt): a study of North African Red Slip Ware
Cristina Mondin