Our funders

CBRL is one of the British International Research Institutes (BIRI), a network of international research organisations covering the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and southern Europe, Africa, Turkey, the Middle East, Iran and Central Asia. The BIRI operate with the support of the British Academy and core funding, administered through the Academy, from the UK Department of Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).

CBRL applies for and receives funding for research projects and strategic initiatives. Currently, the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) at the British Library (supported by Arcadia) and Al Tajir Trust are funding digitisation initiatives. We have also partnered on projects where CBRL has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Newton Fund, and the British Council-run Cultural Protection Fund, an initiative of the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). 

Other important income comes from membership subscriptions, donations, and charges for our facilities and services. Our members provide an essential flow of income and support. Their contributions are particularly important in supporting our travel grant, research support grant and prize schemes offered to emerging scholars and scholars in training in the UK and the region. The sales of our publications, books and journals all provide some funding, although most of this is used directly on publication costs.

Our two institutes in Amman and Jerusalem receive income through their services, including acting as venues for workshops and meetings, offering accommodation (Kenyon Institute only), and providing workspace. (Since October 2023, services at the Kenyon Institute have been suspended.)  Some additional revenue is obtained from occasional consultancy fees and direct contributions for services by larger research projects.

We are grateful for the long-term funding we have received from the Al Tajir Trust and Barakat Trust that has supported the Kenyon Institute library as well as recent renovations.

Since 2023, the Andrea Zerbini Foundation has provided generous support for the CBRL Andrea Zerbini Awards offered to UK and EU PhD students.