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Area Studies: Asia & the Near and Middle East

Research funding

This page aims to provide an overview of grant opportunities available to researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

General funding

KNAW Early Career Partnerships

An Academy Early Career Partnership enables early career researchers to organise a meeting with participants from different scientific disciplines to jointly explore unconventional, innovative ideas or methods for fundamental research. A maximum of ten Partnerships are allocated annually. The allocation consists of a maximum of € 10,000 for organising a meeting at the Academy or at a location of choice, such as the Lorentz Center.

Gerda Henkel Foundation

The Gerda Henkel Foundation concentrates its support on the historical humanities. In some of the programmes the Foundation furthermore addresses issues of great relevance to contemporary life and the future, above all as part of its special programme “Security, Society and the State”. As part of the Lisa Maskell Fellowship programme, the Foundation supports young scholars in the humanities in both Africa and Southeast Asia.

Leiden University Fund

Leiden University researchers can apply to the Leiden University Fund (LUF) for various grants, such as funding for academic projects, fieldwork or study trips overseas. For an overview of their funding instruments for researchers in the humanities, please see here.

Juynboll Foundation

The Juynboll Foundation aims to promote the study of Arabic and Islam within the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University, by offering financial support to (young) scholars.

LIAS Small Research Grants

The LIAS Small Research Grant scheme was introduced in 2020 for travel funding, aimed at strengthening the research profile of LIAS members. Starting in January 2021, and initially for three semesters, we will make available six grants of up to 2500 Euros each semester to help fund fieldwork, archival work or library visits. In order to be eligible, applications have to show how the research visit will contribute to the publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal. For more information, please contact the LIAS secretariat.

Middle East and Ancient Near East

International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA)

The IASA grants are intended to support research in any academic area covered by the IASA’s aims, which are to promote research relating to the Arabian Peninsula, in particular, its archaeology, art, culture, epigraphy, ethnography, geography, geology, history, languages, literature and natural history. Grants may be used to fund fieldwork, library or laboratory-based research or research support.

American Schools for Oriental Research (ASOR)

ASOR offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships. ASOR supports for dig scholarships, excavation grants for the ASOR-affiliated projects, scholarships for participation in the ASOR Annual Meeting, a Mesopotamian Fellowship, and study of collections fellowships for ASOR members.

Council for British Research in the Levant

CBRL offers funded fellowships, project awards and travel grants. CBRL also offers unfunded honorary fellowships and project affiliations. Please note that only CBRL members are eligible to apply for funding.

South and Southeast Asia

J. Gonda Foundation Fund

The J. Gonda Foundation Fund supports scientific research into Sanskrit, other classical Indian languages, Indian literature and cultural history.


Canon Foundation in Europe

The objective of the Canon Foundation in Europe is the promotion of science, culture, know-how and mutual understanding between Europe and Japan. This aim should be reached by annually providing up to 15 Canon Foundation Research Fellowships to postgraduate students and researchers. Europeans receive the Fellowship for long term periods of research in Japan and, similarly, Japanese to undertake research in Europe.




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