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The Barakat Trust’s Grant Programme 2023

The Grants Awards will open on 1 January 2023 and close at midnight GMT on 31 March 2023.

No applications received after that date will be considered.

Only consider applying if you meet the criteria in the Scope of Awards.

Grant Types 2023

The Barakat Trust has various grant categories. Each category has its own separate application form and specific guidelines. If you are applying to more than one category of award you will need to submit the appropriate application for each category. We regret that we can only consider applications submitted using the correct application form.

To download the application from for a specific grant category, go to the Grant Application Forms webpage.

To submit your application and supporting documents, go to the “Apply Now” webpage and submit the documents by the deadline (no later than midnight GMT on 31 March 2023).

Before making an application, please read carefully the pages Who Can Apply and How to Apply’. If you have any questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If still in doubt, you can attend one of our upcoming online Q&A sessions in both English and Arabic (dates to be confirmed in January 2023).


Types of Grants

A1. Barakat International Studentship

One scholarship of up to £25,000 to a Muslim student from the Islamic world who has already been accepted on a taught Masters courses in a subject relevant to the history of Islamic art and architecture and/or the study of Islamic archaeology, material culture and/or heritage. Students MUST demonstrate a clear focus on at least one of the above subjects in order to be considered for this award. Prospective applicants who are unsure about the relevance of their proposed course of study are strongly advised to contact the Barakat Trust before applying.

Applicants must provide evidence of acceptance before any award can be made.

Notes on Finances: The grant may be spent on fees or living expenses or a combination of both. Where a student has been accepted on a two-year course, the grant may be awarded or renewed for the second year of the course, on the condition that the student demonstrates outstanding performance during the first year of the course.

Applicants are advised that awards may no longer be paid directly to individuals. Awards can be paid to the institution which an applicant belongs or the institution at which an applicant is applying to conduct research or to study. Whichever is the case, a representative of the institution, to which the payment will be made, will be required to affirm the cooperation and support of the institution on the application form.

The A1 Application Form for this category will be available to download on our Grant Application Forms webpage on the 1st of January 2023.

Correspondence:

  • For more information on the application process contact us at applications@barakat.org

A2. Barakat Postgraduate Student & Early Career Award

Postgraduate students, early career professionals, and early career scholars who were awarded a doctorate after 30 June 2018, may apply for grants with an upper limit of £1,500 towards the costs of travel for fieldwork, research and study relating to:

  1. the history of the art, architecture and material culture of the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE;
  2. the archaeological investigation of Islamic world;
  3. the conservation of artefacts, buildings and material culture produced in or for the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE;
  4. libraries, museums and other public institutions exhibiting the art and material culture of the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE;
  5. education and training associated with (1) to (4) above;
  6. conferences, exhibitions and publications associated with (1) to (4) above.

Notes on Finances: Applicants are advised that awards may no longer be paid directly to individuals. Awards can be paid to the institution which an applicant belongs or the institution at which an applicant is applying to conduct research or to study. Whichever is the case, a representative of the institution, to which the payment will be made, will be required to affirm the cooperation and support of the institution on the application form.

The A2 Application Form (2023) will be available to download on our webpage ‘Grant Application Form’ on the 1st of January 2023.

Correspondence:

  • For more information on the application process contact us at applications@barakat.org

A3. Barakat Major Awards (Including Digital Projects, Conservation, and Conservation Training )

Established scholars attached to research institutions, curators, and heritage professionals may apply for awards with an upper limit of £10,000 for fieldwork, research, study, exhibitions, conservation and documentation projects, and training of professionals in fields associated with history, heritage, conservation and archaeology relating to:

1) History of the art, architecture, and material culture of the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE

2) Archaeological investigation of the Islamic world.

Please note: Awards for archaeology projects are normally awarded for a) the first year of an archaeological project, as a start-up grant, or b) for a clearly-defined component or sub-project within a larger archaeological investigation. The Trust will not normally support the same archaeological project for a number of consecutive seasons.”

3) Conservation of artefacts, buildings and material culture produced in or for the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE

4) Digital and Digitisation Projects that focus on disseminating or making the heritage and material culture of the Islamic world more accessible to various audiences. For example, this can include broader types of digital content such as video recordings of crafting or conservation processes.

5) Exhibitions in libraries, museums, and other public institutions to present the art and material culture of the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE

6) Education and Training associated with the points 1 to 5

7) Dissemination of Knowledge through conferences, exhibitions and publications associated with points 1 to 5

For this grant category (A3), scholars are normally expected to be attached to research institutions, including but not restricted to universities, museums, and libraries.

Notes on Finances: Applicants are advised that awards may no longer be paid directly to individuals, and must instead be paid either to the institution to which an applicant belongs, or to the institution at or through which an applicant is applying to conduct research or to study. A representative of the institution to which payment will be made will be required to affirm the cooperation and support of the institution on the Application Form.

All applicants will receive 90% payment at the start of award, with 10% paid on presentation of an acceptable final report.

The A3 Application Form (2023) will be available to download on our ‘Grant Application Forms‘ webpage on the 1st of January 2023

Correspondence:

  • For more information on the application process contact us at applications@barakat.org

A4. Barakat Publication Grants

Grants with an upper limit of £6,000 towards the costs of a major publication on the history of the art, architecture and material culture of the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE, the archaeological investigation of Islamic world, and the conservation of artefacts, buildings and material culture produced in or for the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE.

Notes on Finances: Applicants are advised that awards may no longer be paid directly to individuals, and must instead be paid either to the institution to which an applicant belongs, or to the publisher. A representative of the institution or publisher to which payment will be made will be required to affirm their cooperation and support on the Application Form.

The A4 Application Form (2023) will be available to download on our ‘Grant Application Forms‘ on the 1st of January 2023

Correspondence:

  • For more information on the application process contact us at applications@barakat.org

B1. Barakat Senior Scholar

One visiting scholarship of £10,000 to enable an established Muslim scholar to reside in Oxford for three months to carry out a specific programme of research and to deliver a lecture on their research.

The B1 Application Form (2023) will be available to download on our ‘Grant Application Forms‘ webpage on the 1st of January 2023

Correspondence:

  • For more information on the application process contact us at applications@barakat.org

B2. Barakat Postdoctoral Scholarship

The Barakat Postdoctoral Scholarship provides a grant of £20,000 to enable a Muslim post-doctoral scholar, who was awarded a doctorate after 30 June 2018, to reside in Oxford for nine months (normally October to June) to carry out a specific programme of research on Islamic art and/or architecture to prepare such research for publication.

Further guidance before applying: Please read carefully the separate Barakat Postdoctoral Scholarship Guidance webpage for important information before applying.

The B2 Application Form 2023 will be available to download on our ‘Grant Application Forms‘ webpage on the 1st of January 2023

Correspondence:

  • For general enquires on the application process or grant contact us at applications@barakat.org
  • Applicants are encouraged to contact the KRC Administrator krc@orinst.ox.ac.uk very early before applications close (i.e. in January or February) with a curriculum vitae and a draft application. This is so applicants can be put in touch with one or more members of the Academic Advisory Committee who will discuss their applications with them.

B3. Barakat Oxford Masters Studentship

One studentship to cover one year’s fees for a Muslim student already accepted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Oxford to read for an MSt or MPhil in Islamic Art and Architecture. Renewal for the second year of the MPhil may be granted to candidates who perform well in the qualifying examination, but the grant may not be extended to cover doctoral studies.

The B3 Application Form 2023 will be available to download on ‘Grant Application Forms‘ webpage on the 1st of January 2023

Correspondence:

  • For more information on the application process contact us at applications@barakat.org

C1. Hands on Islamic Art

Fostering Inclusiveness and understanding through community engagement with Islamic art heritage in the United Kingdom

The Barakat Trust has recently received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to create this new grant category.

This category will offer grants of £8,000 plus in-kind support for projects in the United Kingdom (UK) that use collections of Islamic art in the UK to foster greater understanding about the cultures of the Islamic world, and involve a significant element of public engagement, ideally as part of the process of making collections more accessible. The grant will be open to UK institutions with collections of Islamic art and material culture. We are particularly interested in understudied collections.

Further guidance before applying: Please read carefully the separate guidance for The Barakat Trust Hands on Islamic Art Awards before applying.

The C1 Application Form 2023 will be available to download on our ‘Grant Application Forms‘ webpage on the 1st of January 2023

Correspondence:

  • Interested parties in the United Kingdom should contact The Barakat Trust for more information about this category by emailing: projects@barakat.org