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Grants and Prizes

The KAS administer, fund and distribute grants and bursaries supporting initiatives and projects which meet our core value of Bringing the Past to the Present for Everyone. Many of the grants are funded by the generous legacies of past supporters.


Fieldwork / Research Grants

The Fieldwork Committee is happy to receive requests for grants for fieldwork/research in Kent.

In view of the restricted funds at the Society’s disposal, it may be necessary to apportion what money is available for research among a number of applicants, resulting in each receiving less than the amount requested. Careful consideration will be given to the respective merits of each application.

Each application will be considered by the Fieldwork Committee, which will make recommendations to the Council.

It is a condition of granting any money for research that a summary of the results must be submitted promptly for publication in Archaeologia Cantiana, and the final report must be submitted without undue delay for inclusion in Archaeologia Cantiana or any other publication approved by the Council. the fulfilment or otherwise of this condition will influence consideration of any further applications for assistance.


Applications should be emailed to the Fieldwork Committee Secretary ( or sent by mail to Fieldwork Committee Secretary, Kent Archaeological Society, 39-48 Marsham St, Maidstone ME14 1HH up to two weeks before a Committee Meeting. (usually at the end of June, September and January). See the Diary Section for dates of Meeting.


Allen Grove Local History Fund grant

Allen Grove Local History Fund: The Society administers the Allen Grove Local History Fund which was given in the will of the late Allen Grove. lts objects are to promote research, preservation and enjoyment of local history. These objects are consistent with those of the Society. lt is a restricted fund and is invested separately from the Society’s other investments. In accordance with the terms of the legacy, decisions on how the fund is to be spent are taken by the Society’s officers.


The grant is awarded annually and the closing date for applications is 30th September. The application form is available by clicking here where you can download the form along with guidance notes on applying and more information about the fund. Applications can be printed and sent or completed online and sent via email to the Fund Secretary.


Contact details


Mail:   Allen Grove Fund Secretary, 5 Greensand Road, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 8NY.


Hasted Prize

The Kent Archaeological Society (KAS) awards the biennial Hasted Prize for the best master’s or doctoral thesis from any institution of higher education on some aspect of the history or archaeology of the County of Kent (including those parts of the Ancient County now included within London). For further details, see:    Hasted Prize page


The Ian Coulson Annual Bursary

The Ian Coulson Annual Bursary for Local History/Archaeology in Kent Schools has been established by the Kent Archaeological Society in memory of Ian Coulson. Ian was Adviser for History in Kent schools for over 25 years and, at the time of his premature death in 2015, was President of the Kent Archaeological Society. Teachers in Kent schools are invited to apply for the bursary to develop classroom resources based on Kent’s local history and/or archaeology, two of Ian’s great passions. It is open to teachers in both primary and secondary schools.


Teachers are invited to apply for the bursary, by submitting a short application form, by the end of June preceding the academic year to which the bursary will apply. Applications will be accepted from the beginning of April.


Further information is available on the dedicated page, including a link to the information and application packs, Ian Coulson Annual Bursary page


The Thirsk Prize

The £250 Thirsk Prize is the Kent Archaeological Society’s biennial prize named in honour of the late Dr Joan Thirsk, a distinguished historian and a long-standing member of the Society. It will be awarded for a dissertation or a long essay, submitted as part of a successful Master’s degree.  The prize will be awarded to a dissertation judged to be a major contribution to the history or archaeology of Kent (including districts which were originally part of the county and are now within the Medway unitary authority and the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham).


The prize aims to reward students working on the history and archaeology of Kent and to help promote publication of articles and chapters that advance scholarly knowledge of the county’s past.


The KAS will be willing to give advice on publication. The editor of the society’s annual journal, Archaeologia Cantiana, will also consider publishing articles based on the various submissions. 


To register interest, candidates for the Thirsk Prize should, in the first instance, send a brief abstract of their MA dissertation/long essay to the KAS Honorary Editor: email by 31 October.