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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 40,000 BP to and including the early metal age (to 1000 BP).

Topics falling outside these geographic and temporal ranges may be considered for grants when they include a significant aspect inside the range such as, by way of example, interactions between indigenous cultures and Indic influences or comparative studies of issues and material outside and inside the geographical area.

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

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 has published a book on the art history of the Lesser Sunda islands, entitled The Art of the Lesser Sundas (Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 2006: to purchase, email:

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.


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

Research grants for 2019 will not exceed A$5000 per applicant. The closing date for application is 31 March 2019. 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$5000)
  7. 200 word abstract of research proposal
  8. Date of commencement and duration of project
  9. Budget itemization (in rupiahs or A$). (NB: for successful applicants, following the completion of the research, it will be necessary to submit an acquittal of expenditure, with receipts). Because the Granucci Fund is quite small, we are no longer able to provide automatic per diem payments (“honoraria”, “lumpsum”) to applicants who receive salaries from archaeological institutions such as Indonesian universities, the Balar network, or Puslitarkenas. The Granucci Fund can only pay per diems to research collaborators who genuinely need such support in order to participate in the research. Such collaborators should be identified and named, together with their institutional employers, in the application. If per diem payments are considered necessary, they will need to be justified. However, daily wage payments to local assistants are acceptable.  Please note also that the Granucci Fund cannot provide additional food or hotel costs to people who are receiving per diem payments.
  10. Describe your project in 1000 words or less. Describe your research question or hypothesis, describe previous work on the topic, and explain how you will address the topic. 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. Do not overload the application with “theory”; the practical aspects are far more important.
  11. Add your curiculum vitae, which should include a list of degrees awarded, publications, and previous research projects. Do not exceed 3 pages for the curriculum vitae.

When you have compiled the application, please submit it to Professor Peter Bellwood at, or post it to:

Professor Peter Bellwood
School of Archaeology and Anthropology
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Applications submitted in Indonesian will be translated into English before they are assessed by the selection panel, which consists of three archaeologists resident outside both Indonesia and Timor Leste. In 2017, this panel consists of Professor Peter Bellwood, Professor Sue O’Connor and Professor Philip Piper.

Updated:  20 December 2018/ Responsible Officer:  IPPA Coordinator/ Page Contact:  IPPA Coordinator