Grants are available to anyone wishing to undertake high quality research relating to Scotland’s past

Grants are made available annually on a competitive basis towards the costs of archaeological and historical research relating to Scotland.  There are specific grants for particular areas of interest, please ensure you note if these are applicable when completing this form. Information on the various grants is available here on the Society website, and some of the projects which have received grant funding from the Society in the past are listed here on the Society website. Applications are welcome from Fellows and non-Fellows.

Financial support is available to contribute to all aspects of archaeological and historical research within, or directly relating to Scotland, except rescue archaeological fieldwork.

Applications for direct publication costs or outreach activity will be considered where this is congruent with the Society’s Vision and Mission Statement. This can include Open Access costs, recognising the financial barrier some researchers face when trying to get material published.  Grant awards also reflect the Society’s lead role in delivering Aim 2 of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy where applicable.  In the case of historical projects, preference may be shown towards those incorporating an aspect directly related to material culture.

For grants relating to “the judicious restoration and repair of buildings of historical and antiquarian interest in Scotland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece but especially in Scotland” please apply to the The Dalrymple Donaldson Fund.

Grants are made on the recommendation of the Grants and Awards Committee and the approval of the Society’s Council.


Detailed Grant Guidelines are available – please ensure you read these thoroughly before applying for a Grant.


Grant applications should be addressed to the Director and arrive in the Society offices on or before the 30 November each year.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that supporting referees are agreeable to their nomination and able to respond to enquiries from the Society.

The Grants and Awards Committee usually meets by March and their recommendations are considered by Council by April, applicants can therefore expect to hear whether they have been successful or not either late in April or May each year.

Further deadlines regarding the use of grant money and reporting can be found in the guidelines.

Application Form

Grant Application Form 2022 (word doc)

Grant Application Guidance (PDF)

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