Grant Types 2020

The Grants Awards open on 1 January 2020

The Barakat Trust’s grant applications programme for 2020 will open on 1 January 2020 and will close at midnight GMT on 31 March 2020. No applications received after that date will be considered.

Applicants will be informed of The Barakat Trust’s decision at the end of May 2020 (a month later than usual because of the early date of Ramadan in 2020).

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

Please note there is a separate application form for each category. You will need to download the application form in Microsoft Word for the category of award you intend to apply to.

Each separate application form contains specific guidance to that category. Please ensure that you follow the guidance. Once you have completed the application form and have all the necessary supporting documents you will need to submit it applications@barakat.org by the deadline.

If you intend to apply to more than one category of award you will need to submit the appropriate application form for that category.

Only applications submitted using the correct application form will be considered.

Types of Grants

A1. Barakat International Studentship

One scholarship of £15,000 to a Muslim student from the Islamic world who has already been accepted on one of the following taught Masters courses. 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 is able to demonstrate outstanding performance during the first year of the course. Applicants must supply evidence of acceptance before any award can be made. The grant may be spent on fees or living expenses or a combination of the two.

  • American University in Cairo, MA in Islamic Art and Archaeology
  • School of Oriental and African Studies, MA in History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East
  • University College London, MA in Managing Archaeological Sites
  • University College London, MA in Museum Studies
  • University College London, MA in Principles of Conservation
  • University College London, MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums
  • University of Durham, MA in Museum and Artefact Studies
  • University of Durham, MA in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects
  • University of East Anglia, MA in Museum Studies
  • University of Leicester, MA in Museum Studies
  • University of Sussex, West Dean College, Graduate Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Conservation Studies
  • University of York, MA in Conservation Studies
  • University of York, MSc in Digital Heritage
  • Other taught Masters courses in a subject relevant to the study of Islamic art, architecture, archaeology and material culture.

A2. Barakat Postgraduate Student & Early Career Award

Postgraduate students, early career professionals, and early career scholars who were awarded a doctorate after 30 June 2014, 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.

Note: Applicants are advised that awards may no longer be paid directly to individuals. Awards may be paid in one of two ways: (i) either to the institution to which an applicant belong or at which an applicant is applying to conduct research or to study, in which case 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; (ii) or on the recipient’s behalf directly to the supplier of accommodation (e.g. the hotel) and travel (e.g. the airline).

A3. Barakat Major Awards Including 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 & documentation projects, and  training of professionals in fields associated with history, heritage, conservation and archaeology 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 (N.B. Category A3 now includes projects that would previously have fallen under Category A4 Barakat Conservation Awards);
  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.

Note: 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.

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.

Note: 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.

A5. Barakat Digitisation Grants

One grant of up to £50,000 per year, for a maximum of three years, towards the costs of making available online data or images relating to any major collection representing the history of the art, architecture and material culture of the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE, the archaeological investigation of the Islamic world, and the conservation of artefacts, buildings and material culture produced in or for the Islamic world before circa 1920 CE. The grant is made from zakat, and therefore only Islamic institutions, libraries and museums in Islamic lands, and Muslim principal applicants, are eligible to apply. Institutions which raise matching funds may receive priority. Successful applicants must undertake: (1) to adhere to the standards of digitisation agreed with The Barakat Trust; (2) to store all data with a cloud storage provider approved by The Barakat Trust (3) to make the digitised data freely available over the web, save only that, with the agreement of The Barakat Trust, the institution shall be entitled to publish low resolution and/or watermarked images of artefacts, and to levy reasonable charges for the supply of high resolution images and for the reproduction of images.

Note: 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.

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.

B2. Barakat Postdoctoral Scholarship

The Barakat Postdoctoral Scholarship provides a grant of £18,000 to enable a Muslim post-doctoral scholar, who was awarded a doctorate after 30 June 2015, to reside in Oxford for nine months (normally October to June) to carry out a specific programme of research or to prepare such research for publication. The Barakat Postdoctoral Scholarship is designed to be an opportunity and a platform for scholars to conduct their research in Oxford, using relevant Oxford resources as appropriate. It is obviously up to each individual to make of this opportunity what they will – The Barakat Trust cannot provide a taught course of study, or meetings and contacts for each scholar, nor supervise their work. We are merely facilitators – and we hope that each recipient will make best use of the exciting opportunities that conducting research in Oxford will bring.

Travel to relevant events, activities or conferences during each tenure is obviously welcomed. However, Scholars are expected to be normally resident in Oxford for the duration of the Scholarship, and participation in weekly seminars during the Oxford term time will be greatly welcomed. The award of £18,000 is intended to cover travel from the recipient’s home to and from Oxford, and accommodation and living expenses in Oxford for nine months. (Applicants planning to conduct research outside Oxford during the tenure of their scholarship may apply for an additional research grant in Category A2 or A3 in the regular manner.) The award will normally be paid in nine monthly instalments directly into the recipient’s U.K. bank account.

The Barakat Postdoctoral Scholar must comply fully with the relevant UK laws governing visas and immigration, and the Barakat Trust Administrator will assist him or her to do so. This can be a complicated and lengthy business, and it is therefore important to begin the process as soon as possible after the award is made.

The Barakat Trust regrets that they are unable to arrange accommodation for the Barakat Postdoctoral Scholar, but the Administrator will supply a list of various accommodation agencies.

The Barakat Scholar will not be an employee of the University of Oxford, but will normally be made a Research Associate of the Khalili Research Centre (KRC) and an associate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of which the KRC is part. He or she will be allocated a desk and workstation in the Khalili Research Centre in Oxford. Several members of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Barakat Trust are based at the KRC. It is also a teaching centre, and the venue for regular lectures and seminars relevant to the art and culture of the Middle East. The Barakat Postdoctoral Scholar will be required to contribute at least one lecture or seminar to the KRC Research Seminar.

The Barakat Scholar will normally be given most of the standard University privileges, such as use of the University libraries and I.T. systems, and access to lectures and seminars. The Barakat Scholar is also eligible to apply for membership of an Oxford college as a visiting scholar or research member of common room.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the KRC Administrator (krc@orinst.ox.ac.uk) well before application (i.e. in January or February), with a curriculum vitae and draft application, so that they can put them 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 M. St 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.