Submitting an application

Our grants and awards, with the exception of the Conference Fund, are open to members of the Prehistoric Society only. Details on how to join our Society can be found on the Join page. If you are not yet a member, please join before submitting your grant application.

Grants are made on an annual basis and application forms can be found on the website. Awards are competitive and based on merit and are assessed by a Grants committee comprising members of the Executive Committee, utilising a numerical score. Awards are then made in order of score, until all the available funds have been allocated. Where equal merit is achieved, consideration is given to distribute grants between early career and experienced researchers. Applications must detail the full nature of the costs and recipients of those costs. Awards must be reported on; these are checked and where work is not completed to a satisfactory standard grants will be reclaimed.

Grant application forms can be downloaded digitally from this website. Completed forms and references should be emailed to

Paper copies of all forms may also be requested from:

The Administrative Assistant
The Prehistoric Society
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY

The annual deadline for receipt of all applications and references is 31st January. All grants are awarded at the annual Awards Committee meeting in February. The Awards Committee comprises the President, Secretary and Vice Presidents. Successful applicants will be notified by the middle of March. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.


Late, incomplete or applications received without references will not be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure applications are received in full.

All grant recipients must complete a short report (around 800 words, with 1-2 images) suitable for publication in our newsletter PAST. Please see PAST online for suitable content, style, etc.

This report should be received by the Society within two months of the completion of the project for which the grant was received. All successful applicants will be contacted to confirm the status of this report. Recipients who fail to provide such a report will be barred from future grant applications.