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Skyscape Archaeology Research Grants

Research in skyscape archaeology is often prohibitive for students and early career researchers, either due to the costs of travelling far away in order to survey a particular archaeological site or owing to the high cost of specialised equipment. The Skyscape Archaeology Research Grants are meant to support, promote and nurture future research projects by students and early career researchers in the field of skyscape archaeology. Projects may be part of their studies (if this is allowed by their programme or unit), completely independent pieces of research or pilot projects for further studies.

At the end of the research project, award-winners should submit their results to JSA for publication as either a Research Note or a Research Article (depending on length). Awardees also commit to give one talk or lecture to the Sophia Centre (for example during a lecture series or annual conference).


Each grant will consist of £500 to be used towards the execution of a research project.


Applications are welcome from:
(a) postgraduate university students of an archaeology, anthropology, cultural astronomy or related field; as well as
(b) early career researchers who received a postgraduate qualification within the last seven years.

Evidence of current student status or date of qualification will be required.

Applicants must have a coherent research project in mind, and provide sufficient detail on it (see below) including how the grant money will be spent.


Applicants should download and fill in the application form which asks for details about their research project. These details include title; scholarly background; research question, aims and objectives; methodology; timetable and a full breakdown of how the grant will be spent. In addition, applicants should submit the following documents:

  • a CV of no more than 2 pages, including a list of relevant publications;
  • proof of current student status or date of qualification.
  • Accepted proof of current student status or date of qualification includes university or supervisor letter, photograph of student card provided that the name of the university, degree programme and start/end dates are clearly stated and visible, or photograph/scan of diploma/certificate.

    All filenames should follow the same format, beginning with the initial of the first name, followed by the last name in full and an underscore separating it from a short description of the file in question. For example, an applicant named John Smith should submit the following files:

  • JSmith_application.docx
  • JSmith_CV.pdf
  • JSmith_proof.jpg
  • Applicants that are students of the Sophia Centre will automatically qualify for the Sophia Centre-only grant, whereas all other applicants will qualify for the other grant.

    Applications should be sent to Dr Fabio Silva at

    Applications are received on a rolling basis - you can apply at any time. Grants will be awarded while funds are available. To enquire whether funds are still available contact Dr Fabio Silva ahead of submitting an application.

    Decision Process

    The Awards Committee (see below for details) will assess applications as they arrive on the basis of the project’s impact on the field, employed methodology and feasibility. Following discussion, the Committee will agree on whether to award a grant by simple majority. The deliberations of the Committee will remain confidential, and the Committee reserves the right not to attribute any grants if no submissions are of sufficient merit. All Awards Committee decisions are final.

    Applicants will be notified a maximum of 8 weeks after submission.

    The Journal of Skyscape Archaeology is the only academic journal in the world to explore the relationship between archaeolgical sites and the sky, stars and planets, including archaeoastronomy. The journal’s advisory board includes senior academics and researchers from across the field.

    The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture is a research and teaching centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. It examines the relationships between cosmology and culture through history, anthropology philosophy and archaeology. and teaches the Master’s degrees in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology and Ecology and Spirituality.

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