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Research Grants

The Society's Research Committee has limited funds with which to support archaeological and historical research relating to the historic counties of Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne. Recent awards include grants towards the cost of post-excavation work on an Anglo-Saxon water mill, radio carbon dating of vegetable matter from a mesolithic site, and the production of a book of traditional North East songs. Applications for the following year must be submitted by 30th November each year.

You can download a copy of the application form here, or write to The Honorary Secretary, The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT, or by email at

Grants will be awarded to projects that are clearly defined and which are time-limited with an achievable completion date. 
Applicants for grants for help with excavations should list the destination of any artefacts and archives resulting from the excavation and a realistic assessment of post- excavation costs, including the costs of publication of the excavation report. 
Applicants should seek funding from other grant-giving organisations in addition to the Society whenever possible.
Completed grant application forms should contain all the necessary information for the initial assessment of the project.
The Society emphasises the importance of the publication of research projects.  Therefore if the results of a project are not to be published and if the grant application is successful the applicant will be asked to provide a brief report of your work for possible inclusion in the Society’s News Bulletin.
There is no set level of funding set aside for grants; this will depend on the financial state of the Society in a given year.  The Society cannot guarantee that it will be in a position to award a research grant or grants in a given year. 

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