Grants & Awards

The Society supports high-quality research and publication relating to Scotland’s past by making several grants and awards each year.

Grants are available on a competitive basis, to help cover the costs of archaeological and historical research relating to Scotland. Some of the previous projects which have received grant funding from the Society are listed here on the Society website.

There are now two annual closing dates for most of our grant funding applications. These are the 30th April and the 30th November each year.

The next main grant application deadline is the 30th April 2024.

Grants are made on the recommendation of the Grants and Awards Committee with the approval of the Society’s Council. You do not have to be a Fellow of the Society to apply for most of our grants. As well as supporting research through our main grant fund, there are also a variety of specific named awards with individual remits. This includes a grant award for our Young and Student Fellows.  Council warmly welcomes applications for grants and other awards as specified below.

The Regional Fund Buchan Lecture can still be applied for on a rolling basis and has no deadline.

The new Audrey Henshall Legacy Fund is now open for Expressions of Interest, and the deadline for the submission of these is the 29th February 2024.

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


Young and Student Fellow Grants

Supporting young or student Fellows of the Society specifically


Dr Euan MacKie Legacy Fund

To provide for scientific analyses relating to Neolithic or Iron Age Scotland


Audrey Henshall Legacy Fund

To develop and undertake impactful research on pre-Roman archaeology in Scotland


Angus Graham Grant

To assist with the preparation of additional data and the presentation of material for publication by the Society


Sir George MacDonald Grant

To support research that might throw light upon the Roman occupation of Scotland


Gunning Jubilee Gift

Grant to “enable experts to visit other museums, collections, or materials of archaeological science at home or abroad”


Murray Prize for History

Awarded biennially for the best paper on the history of Scotland in the medieval to early modern periods


Chalmers-Jervise Prize

Awarded biennially for the best paper on any subject in the prehistory or archaeology of Scotland before AD 1100


R B K Stevenson Award

Offered annually in recognition of a paper that best reflects R B K Stevenson’s high standards in scholarship


Regional Fund Buchan Lecture

The fund aims to support lectures in those parts of Scotland that are not currently served by the Society’s meetings


Dorothy Marshall Medal

Awarded every three years to an individual who, in a voluntary capacity, has made an outstanding contribution to Scottish archaeological or related work

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