2021-22 (round two)

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 total value of the Award will be in the region of £5,000 per round. This sum will be divided among several applicants in each round, and the maximum any single project will be allocated is unlikely to exceed £2,500.

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.

Two rounds of Centenary Awards will be offered in 2021-22 to expand support for projects as the world recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

First round – applications have now closed for the first round

Second round – applications open 1st October 2021:

The closing date for applications is 17:00 (GMT) on Friday 14 January 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 2022 and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than 31 March 2022. All applications, together with the required references, must be submitted electronically to: [email protected].

In recognising the 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
  • Heritage at risk
  • 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 2023 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 note: Application forms and reference request forms, as well as the criteria, have changed since previous Centenary Awards, please check carefully to ensure that you are eligible before applying. Download the latest forms (available from 1st October 2021) for your application to be considered. We strongly recommend that you attend a guidance session (see below) before completing your application. 

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.

Further support

The Society is committed to supporting researchers through all aspects of their project, including applying for funding. If you feel like you would benefit from some general guidance in completing our Centenary Award application form, then you can register to attend one of the following free online sessions. Each session will include 30 minutes of general guidance and half an hour of questions. Please note that project specific questions will not be addressed. 

Round two
Wednesday 20th October, 16:00-17:00 (UK) – register here
Thursday 21st October, 09:00-10:00 (UK) – register here