Launch of the Isis Prize

6 February 2014

Isis figurine (UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: UC 60100)

The newly-launched Isis Prize is available to Institute students to fund research projects on Ancient Egypt. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2014.

The Isis Prize is awarded by the Isis Lodge to fund research projects on Ancient Egypt. The Prize is open to undergraduate and postgraduate UCL students of Egyptian Archaeology and Egyptology. Funding requests of up to £500 will be considered for covering research expenses, such as, for example, travel and subsistence costs during fieldwork in Egypt or museum visits, equipment necessary for a research project, group trips to Egypt or museums, conference fees, or guest speakers.


Applicants are required to:

  • Submit a short summary of the project, including its context and expected results (not more than one side of A4)
  • Provide a brief CV (not more than one side of A4)
  • Provide one academic reference
  • Provide a statement detailing how the money will be spent

Projects requiring travel to Egypt and interaction with modern Egypt are welcomed, subject to travel being considered safe by the Foreign and Commmonwealth Office (FCO). Plans for publication of the project results will be encouraged and supported.

Applications will be reviewed by two members of Institute of Archaeology staff with relevant expertise in the subject area and a recommendation will be made to the panel of the Isis Lodge.

Applications must be submitted electronically to Richard Bussmann (r.bussmann@ucl.ac.uk) by no later than 28 February 2014. The successful applicant(s) will be notified via email by 30 April 2014.


Please note that should a number of excellent applications be received the reviewing panel reserves the right to split the Prize in order to benefit the most number of applicants.

The successful applicant(s) must spend the money within twelve months of the award being made. A written report of no more than two pages, including a brief financial summary is required within three months of the project completion. The successful applicant(s) will also be invited to meet with the donors.

Isis Lodge

Isis Lodge is a small, friendly masonic lodge based in London operating under the auspices of the United Grand Lodge of England. A key part of masonic activity is to raise money for worthy causes. Isis Lodge have formed a relationship with the UCL Institute of Archaeology in order to provide financial support for students who wish to realize small funded research projects at an early stage in their career.