Travel Grants Available – The 2023 call for applications to the Diamond Jubilee Travel Grant from the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society

We are a small cultural and non-political charity, embracing all peoples and religions. Our mission is to make accessible the rich and fascinating archaeology of Israel and the Levant in all periods and in its historical geographical, religious and intellectual context. We focus especially on supporting, promoting and raising awareness of recent research and discovery through lectures and other events, and through our academic journal Strata.

To mark the society’s Diamond Jubilee, we are offering a number of studentships worth £3,000 each to support a student’s participation for four weeks (16 July – 11 August 2023) on the excavation of Tel Azekah : The excavation is directed by Professor Oded Lipschits (Tel Aviv University), Professor Manfred Oeming (Heidelberg University) and Professor Sabine Kleinman (Tübingen University).

The studentship will cover travel to Israel, board and lodging, including all costs associated with registration for the excavation. Students will have the opportunity to work on the dig and attend lectures on archaeology while staying on Kibbutz Netiv Ha-Lamed-He close to the site, as well as free time at the weekends to travel within Israel or to stay in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

Applications are welcome from undergraduate and postgraduate students, including PhD students, in the fields of archaeology, ancient history, theology and religious studies and other relevant disciplines.

I should be very grateful if you could encourage suitable students to consider these grants and also if you would pass on the information and the attached flier to other colleagues.

The application forms are on our website (

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With best wishes,

Sarah Pearce (Professor)

Chair, AIAS


Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

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