The Emslie Horniman Fund was established in 1944 to ‘promote the study of the growth of civilisations, habits and customs, religious and physical characteristics of the non-European peoples and of prehistoric and non-industrial man in Europe’. It therefore includes anthropological research in its widest sense, including ethnography and all branches of human and social science relating to the physical and natural development of ‘people in society’.

The major aim of the Fund is to encourage recent graduates to pursue fieldwork, and so to develop their careers as Anthropologists and make significant contributions to the discipline.


1. Applicants must be Nationals of the UK, the Irish Republic or Commonwealth citizens.
2. There are no restrictions on age, sex, religion or ethnic origin.
3. Grants are normally made for research that will contribute to the award of an Mphil/PhD degree. Those already in possession of a doctorate, or studying for a Masters, are not eligible.
4. Preference will be given to those who propose to do fieldwork outside the UK.
5. Grants are not made for library research, for University fees or for subsistence in the applicant’s home institution.
6. Permission to undertake field research must be cleared with the relevant authorities and communities before an application is submitted.
7. The Fund will not normally support those returning home to undertake fieldwork.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

The closing date for applications is 31 March each year and seven copies of each application with supporting references must be submitted. Short-listed candidates will normally be required to attend an interview in London in late-May/early-June. Grants to successful candidates will be paid at the start of their fieldwork.

Letter to applicants, notes for applicants, application and referee forms are obtainable on-line, or can be obtained from the Office Manager, RAI, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5BT

Funding Notes

Applicants must be Nationals of the United Kingdom, the Irish Republic or Commonwealth citizens.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

31 March each year

Please see our website for how to apply:
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