The Sally Christian Fund

In memory of Sally Christian, who developed her passion for archaeology as a mature student, this Fund supports those students and early career heritage professionals conducting archaeological research or study related to Sussex.

Grants are awarded in March and September and total £2,000 per year across multiple awardees.

The next deadline for applications is August 12th 2022.

What the grant funds

You can apply to The Sally Christian Fund for a range of different activities and costs. You must be at the start of your career in archaeology to qualify.

Types of Activity that can be funded

  • Attending conferences, including travel
  • Research projects
  • Publication costs
  • Field trips and courses
  • Purchase of equipment – only if specialized equipment required as part of a defined project
  • Payments to third parties for specialist services (illustration, dating etc) – only if those services can be shown to advance the applicant’s career

How we assess applications 

Your application will be assessed by The Sussex Archaeological Society with all enquiries dealt with via the Chief Executive’s Office.

The Society will use the following criteria to assess the suitability of your application:

  • Applicant is at the start of their career in archaeology (essential)
  • Project has a clear Sussex focus (essential)
  • Applicant can demonstrate an active interest in archaeology – through previous fieldwork, qualifications etc (desirable)
  • Applicant has a track record of timely publication (desirable)
  • Project focuses on SAS sites, archives, or collections (desirable)
  • Activities have clearly defined research objectives (desirable)

Preference will be given to applications that meet both the essential and desirable criteria.

We are committed to being a truly inclusive organisation and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We encourage individuals to apply from marginalised and underrepresented groups, comprising identities such as race, disability, religion, socioeconomic background, gender identity and sexuality.

What You’ll be expected to do

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Acknowledge the funding in any publications (on or offline) or presentations
  • Submit a short article on the Sussex element of their work for submission to our membership magazine, Sussex Past & Present, and/or an article for Sussex Archaeological Collections
  • Deposit any resulting dissertation/report/thesis in a Sussex Archaeological Society archive
  • Deposit any resulting dissertation/report/thesis in a further publicly accessible archive

There may also be other conditions deemed appropriate by the Committee. For example, transfer of copyright, timelines etc.

How to apply

You can submit your application online at any time by email to with the subject line The Sally Christian Fund application.

Applications will be considered in the next awarding meeting.

You’ll need to submit an application form, accompanied by your current CV and a covering letter that clearly addresses:

  • How the application meets the criteria above
  • What will be funded and why this is important/essential
  • How this grant will support career development
  • The amount requested
  • Other funding available/applied for
  • The details of a suitable referee (or a supporting statement from a suitable referee)

The next deadline for receipt of applications is August 12th, 2022. The deadline for applications for Spring 2023 is February 17th, 2023.

Background to The Sally Christian Fund text from Sally Christian

The idea for this fund came about after hearing the disappointment of many fellow students who were unable to attend external training courses on various aspects of Archaeology because of restriction of financial resources.

“Sometimes this was just that they did not have enough money to pay for the course, or it was that they could not afford to take the time off work and pay the fees as well.

“For others they felt that the existing demands of their fees for their studies already impacted on the family budget and that it was unfair on the rest of the family for them to use more money for additional courses that were not a compulsory part of their course.

“Many of the students come to their studies in archaeology with amateur experience of fieldwork via membership of local archaeological societies and they already have a knowledge and understanding of the subject and many have already defined their specific areas of interest.

“Many other students, including me, have wanted to study the subject for many years but have had no practical involvement other than visiting sites and information from books and the media.

“My initial criteria for the fund was to provide money for training courses, including the University Excavation Techniques course, but also courses on other aspects of archaeology that students relatively new to the subject could use to explore their areas of interest.

“Such short courses as archaeological illustration, pottery, flints and others run by archaeological societies locally and around the country.

“It is my intention that as many people as possible benefit from the fund and specifically those at the earlier stages of their studies and those who have had less exposure to archaeology and have more ground to gain!”