Annual Research Grant

The Society for Church Archaeology invites applicants for its annual research grant. The amount should not exceed £1,000, and application is open to members of the Society proposing a project involving fieldwork and/or research in any area of church archaeology, or related topics.

The grant will cover research expenses, travel related to research, fieldwork, or the sundries of fieldwork. The Society is pleased to accept applications for pilot project funding to help attract larger grants, or for a discrete project (with its own aims, objectives and outputs) within the framework of a larger project. We welcome applications from academics, professionals, amateurs and particularly from early career scholars and postgraduate students (although we will not cover the costs of a course of study.) The research should be original and we require the successful applicant to submit a short note to the Society Newsletter in the year following award of the grant (deadline end of Feb), and also write up an article for consideration in our journal, Church Archaeology, within six months of completion of the project.

How to Apply

Please use the application form provided below and email that document to Dr Kristján Ahronson at by November 15th each year; paper applications cannot unfortunately be considered, unless by prior arrangement. Each referee should email his or her report to the same address. Decisions are assessed by the Research Grants subcommittee, and announced in January of the following year.

Previous awards

  • 2018: Joanna Caruth,  Suffolk Archaeology, 'Research and scientific analysis into late Saxon polychrome tiles recovered during community excavations at Court Knoll in Suffolk'

  • 2017: Solange Bohling, University of Bradford, 'Physical impairment and disability in later Anglo-Saxon England: Investigating differential mortuary treatment and the influence of the church'

  • 2016: Bernadette McCarthy, University College Cork, 'Children in early medieval Irish ecclesiastical settlement: An archaeological perspective'

  • 2015: Chantal Bielmann, University of Leicester, 'Surveying the Late Antique and Medieval Churches of Southern Ticino, Switzerland'

  • 2014: Cat Jarman, Bristol University, 'Isotopic analysis of burials at Repton'

  • 2013: Ben Russell, University of Edinburgh and Corisande Fenwick, University of Leicester, 'Tunisian-British Bulla Regia Project'; Kori Lea Filipek-Ogden, Durham University, 'Assessing leprosy stigma in medieval England'

  • 2012: Christina Welch, University of Winchester, 'Cadaver tombs at St Leonard's, Woollaton (Notts)'; Matilde Grimaldi, 'Sculptural decoration in Tortosa, Spain'

  • 2011: Emma Wells, Durham University, 'Synaesthesia in medieval pilgrimage'

  • 2010: Brent Fortenberry, Boston University, 'Excavation of the grave of Sir Jacob Wheate, St Peter's Church, Bermuda'

  • 2009: David Petts, Durham University, 'Mapping Early Christianity in Western Normandy'

  • 2009: Kimberley Thornhurst, Bangor University, 'Cross sculpture in south-east Ireland, c.400-1200'

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