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My winning proposal: Funding a field trip to a conflict zone

Image: Mazen Iwaizi

Researching in a disputed territory throws up many barriers, but funding may smooth the path

Mazen’s top tips

  • Apply in the second year of your PhD, when you’ve narrowed down your thesis.
  • Give yourself time to explain the travel costs in your application.
  • If it’s your first trip to the Middle East, get a briefing from friends or colleagues who have been there.

Mazen Iwaisi is a postgraduate student at Queen’s University Belfast studying for a PhD on the effects of politics on archaeological studies in Palestine. He won an £800 Travel Grant from the Council for British Research in the Levant aimed at helping him overcome some of the impediments to academic endeavour in a politically sensitive environment. 

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