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. 


  • Applicants must be Nationals of the United Kingdom, the Irish Republic or Commonwealth citizens.
  • There are no restrictions on age, sex, religion or ethnic origin.
  • Grants will not be made for undergraduate or Masters-level fieldwork projects.
  • Grants are normally made for research that will contribute to the award of an MPhil/PhD degree. Those 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 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