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Trust Bursaries

The Ancient India & Iran Trust offers small grants to scholars wishing to come to Cambridge and use the Trust’s library. Successful applicants receive up to £250 per week up to a maximum of £500 towards their travel and accommodation costs. Note that the Trust does not contribute towards first or business class travel, taxis or meals (except where the latter form part of a package, as in the case of “bed and breakfast” accommodation) and expects all applicants to be as economical as possible.

How to Apply

Applications should be made on the designated application form and be accompanied by a CV, briefly outlining the nature and purpose of the research you wish to carry out and any foreseeable outcomes of this work, the proposed dates of your stay and a detailed estimate of your costs. Your application and CV should each be no longer than two sides. Contact details for two referees should also be provided.

To avoid unnecessary delays in processing applications, please ensure that you have provided all the required information. Your estimate of costs should be as specific as possible, including details of any other funding you have or are seeking. Note that payment of grants will only be made on production of receipts.

Application Form


Please submit your application at least two months before your proposed visit. Applications should be received by one of the following deadlines:

  • 15th February (for visits between August and October)
  • 15th May (for visits between November and March)
  • 15th October (for visits between April and July)

If funding is available, late applications may be considered at the Trustees’ discretion. Please send your application or address any further queries by email or by post to:

  • The Administrator
    Ancient India and Iran Trust
    23 Brooklands Avenue
    Cambridge CB2 2BG