The Emslie Horniman Fund was established in 1944 to 'promote the study of the growth of civilisations, habits and customs, religious and physical characteristics of the non-European peoples and of prehistoric and non-industrial man in Europe'. It therefore includes anthropological research in its widest sense.

The major aim of the Fund is to encourage postgraduates to pursue fieldwork, and so to develop their careers as Anthropologists and make significant contributions to the discipline. Amongst the former awardees are those who have gone on to the heights of the profession in academia and beyond.  It is normal practice for the trustees to provide mentoring for successful candidates. 


Nature of the Awards

Each year the Trustees will make awards in the range of £500 to £7,000, and in exceptional cases it may be possible for additional funds to be made available to enable work to be written up.

All award holders are required to submit an interim report on their fieldwork and at the conclusion of their period of research a full report of their findings. These final reports are taken very seriously by the Trustees and should be well presented. The Trustees may request repayment of the award if an adequate report is not submitted at the end of the research period.

The closing date for applications is 31 March each year and seven copies of each application with supporting references must be submitted. Short-listed candidates will normally be required to attend an interview in London in late-May/early-June. Grants to successful candidates will be paid at the start of their fieldwork.

Letter to applicants, notes for applicants, application format and referee forms are obtainable on-line, or can be obtained from the Office Manager.

Past Recipients

Final Reports

Horniman Day 25 October 2013