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Durham University

Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial) was established as the British School of Archaeology in Iraq on 14 January 1932 to promote, support and undertake research in Iraq and neighbouring countries. In 2007 it changed its name to The British Institute for the Study of Iraq to reflect the widening remit of its work.

The Institute was funded in part by grant-in-aid from the British Academy until 2009. It continues to receive British Academy administrative support and the use of Academy premises for the BISI office and events. The Institute receives an income from its own resources and endowment, and currently has over 700 subscribing members to its Journal IRAQ.

The BISI offers a range of grants to support public events and academic work on Iraq and neighbouring countries that are not covered by BASIS-sponsored institutions. Our coverage includes anthropology, archaeology, geography, history, language and related disciplines within the arts, humanities, and social sciences from the earliest times until the present day.

We offer three types of grant, normally for residents of the United Kingdom:

  • Academic grants for research projects and conferences, usually for UK-based scholars: annual deadline 1 February
  • Grants to Iraqi Visiting Scholars: annual deadline 1 February
  • Outreach grants for public events and activities, usually in the UK and/or Iraq: annual deadline 1 October

All applications and references must be sent by email as pdf documents. We will consider out-of-cycle applications on an exceptional basis.

Tel. +44 (0)20 7969 5274. Fax: +44 (0)20 7069 5401