RAI Biological Anthropology Small Grant Scheme

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The Royal Anthropological Institute administers a fund which provides grants for research in biological anthropology.

Preference will be given to those applications which lie within human population biology, human genetics, human ethology and palaeoanthropology.

The closing date for applications is 31 March each year.


  • There are no restrictions on age, sex, religion, ethnic origin or nationality.
  • Grants will not be made for undergraduate fieldwork projects.
  • Individuals already in possession of a doctorate are not eligible.
  • Grants are not made for library research, for University fees or for subsistence in the applicant’s home institution.
  • Funds cannot be awarded for a joint research project, but individuals who are members of such a project can apply for a grant, provided that its leader holds a PhD or is similarly qualified
  • Permission to undertake field research must be cleared with the relevant authorities and communities before an application is submitted.

Nature of the Awards

Each year the Trustees will make awards of up to £1500.

All award holders are required to submit an interim report on their fieldwork and at the conclusion of their period of research a full report of their findings.  These final reports are taken very seriously by the Trustees and should be well presented.  The Trustees may request repayment of the award if an adequate report is not submitted at the end of the research period.

The closing date for applications is 31 March each year.  The application must be submitted electronically as a PDF to admin@therai.org.uk, with the reference sent separately as a PDF by the referee, direct to the Assistant Director (Administration).  Grants to successful candidates will be paid at the start of their fieldwork.

Letter to applicants, notes for applicants, application format and referee forms are obtainable online, or can be obtained from the Assistant Director (Administration).

Final Reports