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Nahrein Network Research Grant Awards

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These awards support interdisciplinary research on themes relating to one or more of the Nahrein Network’s five aims. There are two types of funding:

  • Small grants of up to £30,000 (FEC) for projects led by Iraqi researchers, or collaborations between Iraqi and UK researchers. 
  • Large grants of up to £100,000 (FEC) for collaborations between Iraqi and UK researchers. 

Projects may last up to 18 months. The next deadline for proposals is 15 November 2018

UNESCO initiative: Revive the Spirit of Mosul

Mosul, circa 1930
Old Mosul circa 1930. Source: DesertBloom/Flickr (copyright free)

With partners UNESCO Iraq, applications are encouraged that support “Revive the Spirit of Mosul”, a UNESCO initiative for the reconstruction of the Old City of Mosul. This will be UNESCO’s main contribution to the United Nations’ Response and Resilience programme, designed to help Iraq’s government fast-track the social dimensions of reconstruction. 

Particularly welcome are applications for projects that contribute to sustainable development through:

  • a fuller understanding of Mosul's social and/or intellectual history and heritage
  • reconciliation between communities through the documentation, safeguarding and enhancement of cultural heritage, broadly defined.

Please note that the Nahrein Network grants do not fund archaeological fieldwork or architectural projects, in Mosul or elsewhere.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 15/11/2018

There are two deadlines for proposals this year: 15 May and 15 November 2018

How to make an application

Download the application form, get further advice about your application and where to send it, from the call page on the UCL website.

Further Information


Applications are invited from postdoctoral researchers (or equivalent) who are employed by, or have an official connection with:

  • a UK or Iraqi Higher Education Institution (i.e., a university or similar organisation), or:
  • a non-academic organisation (e.g. cultural heritage organisation, NGO, community group) in the UK or Iraq, with a demonstrated capacity to conduct research.

Applications for small grants must be led by an Iraqi researcher and do not need UK collaborators.

Applications for large grants must be made jointly by researchers in the UK and Iraq who each fulfil these eligibility criteria. Large grants may also involve researchers from other countries.


Professor Eleanor Robson, Director of the Nahrein Network, History Department, University College London
T: +44 (0)20 7679 7960,  E:

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