Grants for Travel and Research

Palestine Exploration Fund

Grant amount: £450 - £2,000

Deadline: Feb 23, 2019 8:00am PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Cyprus; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon Expand all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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The Palestine Exploration Fund awards annual grants to current members of the Fund to support research into topics of direct interest to the Fund’s stated aims and objectives to promote research into the archaeology and history, manners and customs and culture, topography, geology and natural sciences of biblical Palestine and the Levant.

The Fund is able to award some more substantial research grants as well as travel grants for students.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Although grants are open to all members of the PEF, they have been specifically created to cater for the needs of academics and scholars at an early stage of their career, as well as graduate students.
  • They are designed to support individual, small-scale studies leading to the completion of a set piece of work, such as an article or thesis.
  • There are no restrictions on the basis of nationality. 
  • PEF grants are intended to support direct costs of travel and maintenance to enable scholars to conduct research in the modern countries of the Levant.
  • Limited expenditures for inexpensive equipment, such as stationery, may also be considered.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants must be current members of the PEF.


  • NOTE: In 2018 the PEF is moving to Greenwich. Grant projects requesting access to PEF collections and library should be postponed until 2019.
  • Grants are not intended to cover any of the following costs:
    • computer hardware, specialist software, books
    • costs of interpreters or government representatives in the field
    • charges made by local government agencies
    • research assistance or short-term costs for specialist staff such as conservators or illustrators
    • costs of preparing illustrative material and fees for reproduction rights
    • publication costs
    • institutional overheads
    • permanent resources or equipment, such as vehicles
    • payment in lieu of salary, or for personal maintenance at home
    • replacement teaching costs
    • expenses for lecture tours or attendance at conferences
  • PEF grants will not be awarded to individuals seeking to join training excavations or to supplement individual travel costs to join existing projects with funding from other sources, unless the proposed research has clearly defined and largely separate research aims and objectives.