RIA Decade of Centenaries Bursary

A new Royal Irish Academy local history research fund has been announced by Minister Martin as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 

The Decade of Centenaries bursary scheme has been established to encourage and support new local research and local history studies in meaningful examination of local, regional, and national events during the Struggle for Independence and Civil War period.  

It is anticipated that up to 8 awards under the scheme will be made annually. Applications will be invited for amounts ranging from €1,000 to €10,000.

Applications are welcomed which focus on any of the themes listed below:

  • New research to explore local legacies, personalities, places, events, and themes that have particular significance within communities, parishes and counties;
  • New research to explore the fates of the minority communities on both sides of the border following Partition;
  • New research to explore the contribution and experiences of women during this period, e.g. women’s participation in political, military, professional and domestic roles;
  • New research exploring Ireland and the Wider World, including local connections, emigration, and the role of the Irish Diaspora in the events that occurred during this period;
  • New research exploring a changing society during this period, focusing on social history; popular social, cultural, and civic movements; the Irish language; creative thinking and the arts; sport; and innovation;
  • New research exploring nationhood, identity, and State-Building – the establishment of a new Irish Free State and the challenges faced by the emerging Irish State;
  • New research exploring how the events of this period have been remembered and commemorated within families, communities and parishes over the past century – how the process of commemoration has evolved.
  • ​New comparative research exploring the Irish period and associated themes in an International context.  

Further details can be found here and any queries can be sent to

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