The Royal Anthropological Institute administers a Fund, set up by the late Professor R. Ruggles-Gates and recently augmented by his widow Mrs L. Ruggles-Gates (now deceased), which provides grants for research in biological anthropology.

Preference will be given to those applications which lie within human population biology, human genetics, human ethology and palaeoanthropology.


  • There are no restrictions on age, sex, religion, ethnic origin or nationality.
  • Grants will not be made for undergraduate fieldwork projects.
  • Individuals already in possession of a doctorate are not eligible.
  • Preference will be given to those who propose to do fieldwork outside the United Kingdom.
  • Grants are not made for library research, for University fees or for subsistence in the applicant's home institution.
  • Funds cannot be awarded for a joint research project, but individuals who are members of such a project can apply for a grant, provided that its leader holds a PhD or is similarly qualified.
  • Permission to undertake field research must be cleared with the relevant authorities and communities before an application is submitted.
  • The Fund will not normally support those returning home to undertake fieldwork.

Nature of the Awards

Each year the Trustees will make awards of not more than about £1000.

All award holders are required to submit interim and final reports on their fieldwork and research findings.  The Trustees pay particular attention to these reports which are an important component of the award.  Repayment of awards may be requested in the case of inadequate reporting, or if the fieldwork has not been carried out in accordance with the plans approved by the Trustees.  All final reports will be posted on the RAI website.

The closing date for applications is 31 March each year and seven copies of each application with supporting references must be submitted. Grants to successful candidates will be paid at the start of their fieldwork.

All applications must be made using the official application form which is available from our website or from the Office Manager, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT, Tel: 020 7387 0455.

June 2009