Call for applications: The IAA Prize, Fund, and Subsidies

The IAA seeks to support early career scholars within the field of Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archeology. Three funds are now open for applications, and early career scholars can apply for support for short research projects, for conference participation, and for a prize for the best first article written after a completed PhD. Remember that the deadline for all three applications is March 1st, and that all applicants must be members of the IAA. Besides these three, there is also the new IAA Dissertation Prize, for which already 23 dissertations are in competition! The winners will be announced at the General Meeting of the IAA.

IAA Prize

The IAA awards a prize for the best first article written after the PhD in Assyriology and Mesopotamian archaeology. The article should be available in either French, German, or English, and it should be published within the last two years and no more than five years after the PhD. An applicant can apply only once. The winner receives € 1,000, while the runner-up receives € 250. To submit an application, please send your article as a pdf-file to by March 1st.

Go to the IAA website for more information. You can also see short presentation of previous winners of the IAA Prize here: 2016, 2015 winner and runner-up, 2014, and 2013.

IAA Fund

The IAA also provides a fund for scholars who completed have their PhD within the past eight years and wish to present a paper at the RAI, but do not receive funding to do so. The IAA awards five awards of € 400 each year to cover the costs of participation. To submit an application, please send the application form and an abstract of no more than 500 words to

Go to the IAA website for more information.

IAA Subsidies

Finally, the IAA offers a subsidy for shorter projects by early career scholars, carried out within five years after obtaining their doctoral degree. The subsidy covers the costs of the project, up to € 1,000. In order to apply, send the application form as well as a succinct description of the proposed project, a written letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor and a specified budget to

Please note that the subsidy will not be awarded to any project that makes direct use of unprovenanced material acquired after 1970. Applicants should indicate in the required description of the project whether the material on which they are working meets those requirements.

Go to the IAA website for more information.