The Mediterranean Archaeological Trust invites applications for  grants, made on a competitive basis, for expenses in 2021 – 2022, in the preparation for final publication of material from archaeological excavation or fieldwork in the Mediterranean world, excluding:

  • subventions to publishers,
  • publication of material not from a specific excavation, and
  • publication of material presented in symposia.

Within the terms of the Trust, priority may be given to publication of Mediterranean sites but the trust funds research from a diversity of sites and eras (for examples of recently funded work, please see the Featured work section). Grants for any amount, however small, will be considered, provided they expedite publication. The grants do not normally exceed £2,500 (please note the increase in the maximum grant allocation from 2020 onwards).


Applications should be submitted via completing this Microsoft Word document: MAT_Grant_Application_Form_2021.

Please provide all the information requested on the form and send it by e-mail attachment no later than 23h59 GMT on 30 July 2021, to:

Dr Jai Clifford-Holmes – medarchtr@gmail.com
(in case of difficulty, please contact him on: jai.clifford.holmes@gmail.com). 

Please note the adjusted timeline for the 2021 grant cycle and the associated conditions (detailed on page 2 of the application and reproduced at the bottom of this page).

Please follow the instructions on the form, taking care to indicate the importance of the site, your qualifications, other sources of support, and the present or planned status and place of publication. The references (which are essential) should be sent directly by the referees to the same e-mail address and must meet the deadline of 30th July 2021.

Successful applicants will be informed in mid-August 2021, and it is essential that a report on the use of the grant is submitted by the appropriate deadline. Failure to do so will mean that grant applications for the following three years will not be considered.

Additional guidelines for applicants and referees are available on the application form and are summarised below.


Applicants and their referees are encouraged to:

  1. Be succinct.
  2. Explain the importance of the material.
  3. Record any existing publication.
  4. Give a detailed breakdown of necessary costs; economical programmes will be favoured – e.g., not expensive ‘inking-ins’ or unjustified photography and analyses.
  5. Mention any sources of grants received for the project, past and current.
  6. Give a brief account of the applicant’s credentials.
  7. Give a realistic programme for publication.
  8. Ensure that referees respond with comment on the importance of the project and qualifications of the applicant.

Additional information on the adjusted timeline for the 2021 grant cycle

Please note the following adjustments to MAT’s normal timeline and the associated conditions:

    • Given the uncertainty around Covid-19, the trust recognises that grantees applying in 2021 may only be able to begin work in 2022. Successful applicants for the 2021 grants can therefore choose to receive their grant either in September 2021 or in April 2022.
    • In order to receive the grant in 2021, grantees must outline what work they expect to be able to achieve between September 2021 and late February 2022.
    • Grantees who receive a grant in 2021, and who report satisfactorily on their progress by the deadline of 28thFebruary 2022, may apply for either a grant renewal or a new grant in the 2022 grant cycle.
    • The application period for the 2022 grant cycle is planned for 3rd January – 20th March 2022.
    • Successful 2021 grantees who defer their grants to 2022 will not be eligible for an additional grant under the 2022 grant cycle.
    • Successful 2021 grantees who defer receiving their grant until 2022 will need to submit a progress report to the trust by 31st December 2022.
    • Applicants who are unsuccessful in their applications for a 2021 grant will be welcome to re-apply for the 2022 grant cycle, as per normal.