The latest round of Centenary Awards were advertised in October 2012. This year the Society was able to make a total of £4,000 available to support early-career Egyptologists.
The awards are intended to provide funding for small research projects of the kind that would not normally be undertaken otherwise, for example as part of a doctoral degree. The aim is to provide not only the necessary funding but also valuable experience of the logistics involved in organizing a project - in Egypt in many cases - and bringing the project to fruition. An important part of that lies in sharing the results of the work of course and we provide a platform for successful applicants to do that with articles in JEA, EA and the Newsletter, and online, and through public presentations as part of our events programme.
For this round 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 the two young 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’
Kathryn Howley, ‘The Royal Tombs of Nuri: Cultural Interaction between Nubia and Egypt in the Middle Napatan Period’ (EES)