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Anthony F. Granucci Fund for archaeological research in Indonesia and Timor Leste

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Granucci Fund reports

This announcement is targeted towards archaeologists who are nationals of Indonesia and Timor Leste. The Anthony F. Granucci Fund, through The Australian National University, will make capital available to fund small research grants to qualified applicants.

The fund has been established to encourage younger researchers – in general those under the age of forty five – who are of Indonesian and Timorese nationality or who are resident in the Republic of Indonesia or the Republic of Timor Leste.

Topic area

The topic area shall be the prehistory and protohistory of the geographical area covered at the time of the creation of the fund by the territory of the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Timor Leste. For purposes of this fund, prehistory and protohistory shall include the time period beginning from 50,000 BP to and including the Early Metal Age (to 1000 BP).

Awardees of grants shall be obligated to submit reports on their work and utilisation of funds and to submit a final report or paper in the Indonesian or English languages.

Anthony F. Granucci

The late Anthony F. Granucci, an attorney by profession, with a lifelong interest in archaeology, lived in Indonesia from 1972 to 1987. During his residence in Jakarta he developed a deep interest in Indonesian culture and in particular the prehistory of insular Southeast Asia, which he studied as an “informed observer”.

Upon retiring from the legal profession in 2003 for medical reasons, Anthony turned to the full time study of Archaeology and obtained a Master’s degree (with distinction) in Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Leicester in England in 2004. His dissertation, entitled The Design Principles of Prehistoric Monumental Architecture in Java and Bali, examined the architectural design elements of terraced ceremonial structures (punden berundak). He also published a book on the art history of the Lesser Sunda Islands, entitled The Art of the Lesser Sundas (Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 2005).

Long aware of the crucial lack of funding available for local researchers, Anthony established this fund to provide research grants to young Indonesian and Timorese archaeologists in the hope of encouraging the next generation of local archaeologists. He saw the creation of the fund as his best way to make a lasting contribution to the archaeology of the region.


Please note that the next round of applications to the Granucci Fund will close on January 31 2023. This is because the available funding for 2022 will be used to support the attendance of Indonesian and Timorese archaeologists at the planned IPPA conference during that year (the date for this will be announced when the Covid pandemic allows).

Applications may be submitted in Indonesian or English. There is no official application form; please follow the instructions below.

Research grants will not exceed A$5000 per applicant. Please submit your application in the following format, up to three pages maximum of single-spaced text (not including the curriculum vitae):

  1. Full name of applicant (and co-applicants if a joint application)
  2. Institutional address
  3. Gender and date of birth
  4. Nationality
  5. Title of project
  6. Total amount requested (not over A$5000)
  7. 200 word abstract of research proposal
  8. Date of commencement and duration of project
  9. Budget itemization in rupiahs, US$ (Timor-Leste) or A$. (NB: for successful applicants, following the completion of the research, it will be necessary to submit an acquittal of expenditure, with scans of receipts). The Granucci Fund cannot provide automatic per diem payments (“honoraria”, “lumpsum”) to applicants. However, it can provide daily wage payments to local assistants and field labour, as well as travel, food and accommodation costs.
  10. Describe your project in 1000 words or less. Describe your research question, aims and objectives, and the rationale for the investigation. Describe previous work on the topic, and explain how you will address it. If necessary, refer to existing literature and provide a list of references. Give precise details of the location(s) of your chosen fieldwork area(s). Provide a clear map, and give details of access to the chosen location. List also the necessary authorities in Indonesia or Timor Leste who will need to give permission for the research to proceed.
  11. Regarding excavation, some deposits, especially in caves, have great depth and require multiple field seasons in order to enlarge the excavation area, provide timber reinforcement (if necessary), and make the excavation safe. Granucci can potentially fund successive excavation seasons at a single site, provided that the research results from each season demonstrate that it is merited.
  12. Add your curriculum vitae, which should include a list of degrees awarded, publications, and previous research projects. Do not exceed 3 pages for the curriculum vitae.
  13. When you have compiled the application, please submit it to Professor Peter Bellwood at

At the completion of each project, a report detailing the results of the research should be sent to the funding committee. The Granucci Fund will not consider further applications if this reporting requirement is not met.

The Granucci Fund also has an agreement with the AMS Radiocarbon Laboratory at the Australian National University for the analysis of C14 samples. These cost A$350 each for charcoal and shell, and A$475 each for bone. The funds to pay for these samples are deducted from Granucci awards and retained in ANU before the awards commence. Awardees will be asked to make decisions about their desired numbers of C14 samples in their award letters. We suggest 3 samples as a reasonable estimate for projects that involve excavation.

Awardees may also send dating samples to other laboratories, in which case the requested funding will be sent to them with the rest of the grant.

The selection panel consists of four archaeologists resident outside both Indonesia and Timor Leste. Currently, this panel consists of Peter Bellwood, Sue O’Connor and Philip Piper, together with the Head of the Archaeology section within the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at ANU.

Updated:  26 February 2021/ Responsible Officer:  IPPA Coordinator/ Page Contact:  IPPA Coordinator