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Centenary Awards

The EES Centenary Awards were established with funds raised by an appeal in the year of our centenary, 1982, to encourage students to undertake their first research projects, either in Egypt or in museum and archive collections.  The first award was made in 1983 and many of the grant-holders, then in the early stages of their careers, have since become established Egyptologists, some now directing their own fieldwork projects in Egypt (click here for a full list).

The Centenary Awards, now aimed at "early career researchers", are advertised annually and successful candidates often have articles on their work published in the Society's internationally renowned Egyptian Archaeology magazine.  The Society welcomes applications for fieldwork and also for museum/archive-based research, particularly where this has arisen from, or can be related to, present or past EES fieldwork.

Centenary Award Holders 2012

For the 2012 round of the Awards we received a significantly greater number of applications than in previous years, and standards were generally extremely high. The Society’s Fieldwork and Research Committee met to consider the applications towards the end of January and was very impressed with, and interested in, the projects proposed, and strongly encouraged by the calibre of the applicants. unfortunately, the available funds were not sufficient for the Society to support as many of the projects as it would have liked. The Committee’s decision was approved by the Board of Trustees a short while afterwards and we are delighted to announce that two awards will be made to two early-career scholars for the following projects:

Hany el-Tayeb Ahmed, ‘The Rashepses Project. Excavation, conservation and publication of the Mastaba of Rashepses LS 16 at Saqqara

UPDATE March 2014: Hany's work has now been published in Egyptian Archaeology 44 (Spring 2014) as 'The burial chamber of Rashepses at Saqqara'.

Kathryn Howley, ‘The Royal Tombs of Nuri: Cultural Interaction between Nubia and Egypt in the Middle Napatan Period’

Further information on the 2012 awards is available here.

Centenary Award Holders 2011

In 2011, the EES awarded two grants from the field of applicants. The 2011 awards were announced in EA 41. The award holders were: Heba Abd el-Gawad for her Survey of Ptolemais-Hermou and Timothy Sandiford for his excavation of a Ptolemaic settlement at Abydos.

Centenary Award Holders 2010

The EES awarded three grants from a strong field of applicants during 2010.  These awards were made to Jennifer Cromwell for a study of unpublished non-literary Coptic documents at the University of Copenhagen, Kenneth Griffin for his work on The Book of the Dead from the Tomb of Karakamun (TT 223) and Hélène Virenque for a study of "Édouard Naville and the Egypt Exploration Fund through his correspondence".  To find out more about these projects click the relevant link above.

Centenary Award Holders 2009

In 2009 the EES awarded five grants to a broad range of projects.  Awards were given to William Carruthers to enable a research visit to Cairo to study the life of WB Emery, Maria Correas-Amador for a study of mud-brick buildings in Qena Governorate, Kei Yamamoto to support his research in museums on objects from Cemetery F at Abydos and projects by Jacqueline Hyman (Research on medieval Egyptian children’s clothing) and Veronica Morriss (Hire of drilling equipment for fieldwork at Mendes).  To find out more about these projects click the relevant link above.


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