The Egypt Exploration Society, the leading UK organisation carrying out archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt today, invites applications for grants from its Centenary Fund. The EES seeks to allocate a total of £4500 in this round. While an application of up to this amount will be considered, the EES will aim to maximise the number of projects it can support. Discrete activities within larger projects will be considered, as will complete projects. The EES normally supports 1-3 projects in each round of this scheme.

The Centenary Awards are intended to encourage early-career researchers: applicants must be current postgraduate research students (i.e. MRes, MPhil, PhD) or within five years* of having been awarded their PhD.

The closing date for applications is 17:00 (GMT) on Friday 9 December 2022. No application received after that date will be considered. Interviews will not be held; applications will be considered by the Society’s Research Committee in January 2023 and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than 31 March 2023. All applications, together with the required references, must be submitted electronically to: [email protected].

In recognising the ongoing impact of the global health crisis, the Society welcomes applications to support archaeological fieldwork, museum/archive-based research, publication/dissemination or engagement activities. Any proposed activity should follow local laws and guidelines with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications will be graded against the following criteria in this order:

  • Knowledge exchange and/or community engagement
  • Innovative methodology
  • Clear and achievable project based on resources requested
  • Environmental awareness (i.e. to better understand the impact of climate change, or reduce the impact of research actvities on climate change)
  • Link to previous/current work of the Egypt Exploration Society


  • Applicants need not be members of the Egypt Exploration Society.
  • The Award may be used to support PhD research activities but cannot be used to supplement university tuition fees. See budget section below for further information. 
  • The Society expects that the successful candidate(s) will undertake their work before October 2024 unless they indicate otherwise. Save in exceptional circumstances, and then only with the consent of the EES Trustees, an award which is not taken up by the date specified shall lapse.
  • The Society does not necessarily undertake to publish the results of work completed by the award-holder. However, the Society will expect award-holders to disseminate the results of their funded research as quickly as possible and by all available appropriate means - online reports/blogs, presentations to EES members and/or donors and/or partner institutions, articles for Egyptian Archaeology, etc
  • The award will not normally be given more than once to the same person.
  • *The five year limit given above does not include leave taken for maternity/paternity, medical, or care leave, etc.

Download our terms and conditions for grant holders


Please check carefully to ensure that you are eligible before applying.

Download the application form

If you require a basic budget template then you can download a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet here.

Please submit the completed form to [email protected], together with your budget (if on a separate sheet) and two references; you can download the reference form here.