Society Grants

Grant Applications

The Society for Libyan Studies offers a variety of different grant schemes to support primary research in Libya and the broader North African region (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Mali, Chad, Sudan) and to explore connections between North Africa and the Mediterranean or sub-Saharan Africa.  Research may take place within the region, or be UK-based, depending on its nature.

The next deadline is Thursday 10 January, 2019.

The Society currently offers the following types of awards:

  1. Travel Grants (up to £800): for exploratory research visits. This award is open to PhD applicants at UK universities, as well as applicants who hold a doctorate and are ordinarily resident in the UK.
  2. Pilot Project Awards (up to £3000): This award is open to scholars who hold a doctorate and are ordinarily resident in the UK.
  3. Team-based research awards (up to £7500): This award is open to scholars who hold a doctorate and are ordinarily resident in the UK.
  4. Project Affiliation Applications.

For more information about each of these award and to download an application form, see below

Preference will be given to Humanities and Social Sciences projects which fit within the Society’s current research schemes:

  • Society And Environment Across North Africa, From Deep Prehistory To The Present.
  • Migration, Diaspora And Identity In North Africa
  • Governance, Security And Conflict In North Africa

Special calls for other research themes may be issued at other points in the year.

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 contact Pauline Graham, the Society’s General Secretary: 


Types of Awards and Grant Application Forms

Travel Grant (up to £800)

Travel Grants are for individual applicants making visits to the region or to North African archives to undertake self-contained projects or discrete elements of larger projects. These cover costs of travel and subsistence up to £800 for PhD students, academics and researchers undertaking reconnaissance tours or smaller research projects in North Africa. The Society particularly welcomes applications to support research in its archives at the University of Leicester. Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK, or registered for a degree at a UK university.

Click here to download the Travel Grant Application Form

Pilot Project Award (up to £3000)

The Society for Libyan Studies is able to offer a number of research grants, up to £3000 in value, as small grants for a discrete piece of publishable research or as seed funding for larger research projects. These are intended to support the publication of research as well as to enable undertake initial exploratory work or a feasibility study prior to making applications for major funding to a Research Council, the British Academy or another body.  Awards may be used to cover travel, analytic work, or exploratory fieldwork and research. Applicants must be postdoctoral scholars ordinarily resident in the UK.

Click here to download the Pilot (Smaller) Grants Application Form

Team-based Research Award (up to £7500)

The Society for Libyan Studies is able to offer a number of grants, up to £7,500 in value, which can be renewed. These grants are intended for projects involving a group of researchers and/or projects that are planned to continue for more than one year. Research may take place within the region, or be UK-based, depending on its nature. Grant applications may form a contribution to a larger project fund, in which case it should be clear which element is being funded. Grants may be dependent on the applicant’s success with other funding bodies. Applicants must be postdoctoral scholars ordinarily resident in the UK.

Click here to download the Team-Based Research (Larger) Awards Application Form 

Project Affiliation

Project affiliation provides a formal link with the Society for Libyan Studies for projects that are not SLS funded, but where our institutional support may be beneficial, or where affiliation may enhance the academic and research role of the project and the Society. The Society for Libyan Studies invites applications for project affiliation for postdoctoral research in the humanities and social sciences to be undertaken in North Africa. All applications should clearly demonstrate that SLS affiliation is sought for a clearly defined piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion.

Please contact Pauline Graham, the Society’s General Secretary: for more information.

Urgent Award Procedures

Under exceptional circumstances the Society for Libyan Studies Council will consider applications outside the normal procedures and timetables detailed above. Please click here to read more about the conditions that may warrant such applications.

Grants Awarded

Below is a list of the most recent research grants awarded by the Society (latest round of grants awarded October, 2017).

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

March 2018

‘Women in Roman Cyrenaica: Female Images from Cyrene held at the British Museum.’
Katelin McCullough (UNC-Chapel Hill)

‘Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica: proof state’
Prof. Charlotte Roueché (KCL/ ICS)

‘Photogrammetry and Rapid Documentation at Volubilis Archaeological Project Morocco
Leila Araar (UCL)

‘Mobility, Identity and Community in Christian North Africa’
Dr. Corisande Fenwick (UCL)
£7,500 (renewal of grant from the 2017-18 budget)

October 2017

‘Cultural use of molluscs at Haua Fteah (NE Libya) during the last Interglacial, 135,000 to 115,000 years ago.’
Dr Evan Hill (Belfast)

Click here to read a report related to this research

‘Kingship and Kinship in Moorish North Africa.’
Dr Andy Merrills (Leicester)

Click here to read a report related to this research (Nov 2017)

‘The origins and spread of the Neolithic in North Africa.’
Dr Katie Manning (KCL)

‘Communities, economies and exchange networks along the medieval caravan routes of the pre-Sahara: investigation of the oases centre of Tamdult, southern Morocco.’
Dr Sam Nixon (UEA): 

January 2017

Outside the Walls: the nature of sites and activity present to the suburbs of the Cyrenaican cities in Greek and Roman times.’ 
Mohamed Abdrbba (University of Leicester)

‘The Afterlives of Journeys: Legacies of Libya and Migrants’ Decision-making‘.
Marthe Achtnich (University of Oxford)

Pottery Production and Trade in Roman Libya: a new archaeological and archaeometric examination of ceramics from the Libyan Valleys and Fazzan‘.
Dr Victoria Leitch (University of Leicester)

UCL-UoK Expedition to the Southern Gezira (Sudan): ‘Mobility, identity and interaction of pastoral peoples within the Nile Valley’.
Dr Michael Jonathan Brass (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

Click here to read Dr Brass’s end-of-season Project Report, Oct 2017

‘The Western Nile Delta as seen within a broader North African perspective’
Dr Joanne Rowland (University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology)

‘Mobility, Identity and Community in Christian North Africa’
Dr Corisande Fenwick (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

£7500.00 (for 2017)

February 2016

‘Ambassador Hassuna D’Ghies: A Tripoline Notable in Europe, 1821–1826’
Sara ElGaddari

‘Food ways in three Libyan Communities: history, cultural identity and concepts of well-being’
O Tashani

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)

Click here to read a report related to this research project (Jan 2018). 

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