The EES is delighted to announce a new annual award scheme for students needing to carry out part of their doctoral research in Egypt.  Two awards of £1,000 each will be made each year, to fund a one-month stay in Egypt. 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, undertaking research which requires or would benefit from time to be spent in Egypt.  They should not be resident in Egypt and should be members of the EES.

Successful applicants will be expected to stay in Egypt for between 4 and 5 weeks. They will be required to make their own insurance, travel and accommodation arrangements, and to give details of these to the EES before travelling. Personal travel insurance is compulsory. 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 and also for museum/archive/library-based research, particularly where this has arisen from, or can be related to, present or past EES fieldwork. Applications that enrich the work of the Society’s current research projects and relate to its scientific programme are particularly encouraged.  

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a 500-word outline of a clearly defined research project for the stay, and be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor and a short video presentation (not more than 2 minutes) briefly describing the project and the reasons why the applicant thinks they should be selected to receive the award.

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Applications should be sent to the Director of the EES by email at [email protected].  

Applications should be received by 31st July 2018 for stays in Egypt before 30 September 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 15th September 2018.  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 travel and stay in Egypt. 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 Patrons’ Award should be acknowledged in any publications.  

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