The research remit of the BIAA covers Turkey and the Black Sea. BIAA research engages with Turkey as a crossroads, Turkey’s interactions with the Black Sea region and its other neighbours, and Turkey as a distinctive creative and cultural hub in a global and neighbourhood perspective. The overall focus of applications should be on History, Society and Culture. The BIAA has primary experience and resources as an archaeological and historical research centre, including a first-class library in Ankara. Priority is given to research projects with a historical dimension, even when the prime focus is on contemporary Turkey or climate issues. In line with the mission of the BIAA as a centre of excellence for archaeological research, substantial funds will be set aside for selected field projects running over a number of years. Currently three or four projects of this type are supported.
Applications for funding should fit within the five Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) which define the current shape of BIAA research policy:
• Climate and its historical and current impact
• Migration, Minorities and regional identities
• Religion and politics in historical perspective
• Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and environmental perspective
• Cultural heritage, society and the economy
Proposals may relate to all historical periods up to contemporary Turkey. The BIAA is especially interested in supporting projects that employ comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches, and to establish collaborations with other institutions with a view to generating larger overall project funding. A single applicant (e.g. an excavation project director) may only apply for funding under one of these headings. The organizers of potentially diverse and multifarious projects should identify the main strand of their investigation and the main research questions that the BIAA is asked to fund.
Applications for research that involves archaeological field work or museum-based research are welcome, but applicants should be aware of the need to hold official permits from the General Directorate of Monuments and Museums of the Turkish Ministry of Culture for such projects, and are advised to consult the BIAA if they need guidance about these permits.
Current research based at the BIAA within the above SRI’s:
‘Images and Identities in Western Anatolia from the Persian Conquest to the Persian Wars’
‘Bodies of evidence at first and second millennium Çatalhöyük; Identity, Memory and Knowledge’
Previous 5K Grants:
‘Quaternary environments in the upper catchment of the Kura River, North-Eastern Turkey: A context for early human occupation and migration’
‘Effects of Being Ignored vs. Humiliated as Forms of Social Exclusion: Evidence from the Black Sea Region’
‘Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey’
Previous 2K Grants:
‘Ottoman Costume Albums in Turkish Collections’
‘Legal Culture in the Black Sea: politics and religion in international law, 1772-1832’
‘Osteological Assessment of the Human Skeletal Remains from the Late Period Burials in the 4040 area at Çatalhöyük’