Introduced in 2018, the Patron's Awards are an annual award scheme for current UK-based PhD students. Two awards of £500 each will be made to fund an activity related to their research. The awards have been made possible by the generous support of EES Patrons, who will also be involved in the process of selecting the recipients.


Applicants must be PhD/DPhil registered with a UK institution and a current member of the EES.

Successful applicants will be required to, where necessary, make their own insurance, travel and accommodation arrangements, and to give details of these to the EES before any travel. Personal travel insurance is compulsory for travel outside of the UK. The EES Cairo office may be able to assist with liaising with the Ministry of Antiquities should permissions or security clearance be required for any work to be done in Egypt, but the EES will not accept any administrative responsibility for the trip.


The EES welcomes applications for fieldwork but also for museum/archive/library-based research, particularly where this has arisen from, or can be related to, present or past EES fieldwork. The Society will also consider applications for event attendance where a benefit to the applicants’ research can be demonstrated.

Applications should include:

  • a curriculum vitae (including details of institutional affiliation);
  • a clearly defined 500-word case for support;
  • a short (max. 3 minutes) video; and
  • be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor.

The case for support and video should briefly describing the applicants current research project, how the funding will be used, and the reasons why the they think they should be selected to receive the award.

The video need not feature the applicant and you are encouraged to think outside the box. Guidance on making video applications can be found here

Applications should be sent to the Director of the EES by email at [email protected] by 17:00 on Friday 1st November 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 16th November 2019.  There will be no interviews.

Post award conditions

The awards will be paid in advance, but award holders will be required to submit receipts evidencing their expenditure. Successful applicants will also be required to submit a 1500-word report to the EES about their project for archiving and marketing purposes and to make a short presentation of their work at an event in London to which EES Patrons will be invited. Travel and, if necessary, accommodation costs for this will be reimbursed.

The EES does not undertake to publish reports of work completed by award-holders, but they will be expected to disseminate the results of their funded research as quickly as practicable, for example by social media, an article in Egyptian Archaeology, participation in conferences etc. Support from the EES should be acknowledged in any publications or presentations arising from the Award.  

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