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Pilot Project Grants

BISI’s pilot project grant scheme is designed to support a short period of preliminary research  – up to one year – that has the potential to grow into a longer-term, larger-scale project supported by a Research Council or other large funding body. Only one project annually will be funded under this scheme

Amount available:

up to a total of £10,000

Annual Deadline:

1 April


Applicants should normally be employed by, or have an official connection with, a UK Higher Education Institution.


Subject Matter

We welcome applications in support of research on Iraq, in all fields of the arts, humanities or social sciences, concerned with any time period from prehistory to the medieval era to the present day. 

Funding Available

BISI can only fund direct costs such as equipment, travel expenses, and consultancy fees, up to a total of £10,000. It cannot pay institutional overheads, salary costs, PhD studentships, or other normal living costs.

Annual Deadline

1 April


Under this scheme, applicants should normally be employed by, or have an official connection with, a UK Higher Education Institution. Proof of the applicant’s affiliation may be requested.

Application Procedure

Please study the  application form and guidance notes carefully before applying. Completed applications must be sent to BISI by email (word documents preferred) at [email protected], in time for the deadline. Decisions will be announced in June.


Two letters of recommendation must be submitted in support of each application and should be sent to [email protected] by the deadline above.

Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants will need to agree to BISI’s terms and conditions.

Grants are awarded to individuals and institutions by the BISI Council after assessment by the Fieldwork and Research Committee. Decisions are based on the quality and practicality of the proposed research, the costing of the work, the qualifications of the applicant to conduct the work, and the reports of referees.

Recent Projects

BISI works to advance research and public education about Iraq in all of the arts, humanities and social sciences subjects, and enables exchange and collaboration between UK and Iraqi academics. Our grants and scholarships have helped the fund the following research projects.