The Royal Anthropological Institute administers a Fund, set up by the late Professor R. Ruggles-Gates and augmented by his widow Mrs L. Ruggles-Gates, 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.

The closing date for applications is 31 March each year.


Nature of the Awards

Each year the Trustees will make awards of up to £1500.

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.  The application must be submitted electronically as a PDF to, with the references sent separately as a PDF by the referees, direct to the Assistant Director (Administration).  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 Assistant Director (Administration) at the RAI, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5BT.

Past Awards