New Grant Opportunities from MSDS Marine

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MSDS Marine are pleased to announce two new annual grant awards for maritime archaeology in the UK that will be awarded at the NAS conference in 2018.

2018 is the 45th anniversary of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. This represents over 45 years of Licensees and their teams volunteering their time and enthusiasm to help ensure the wreck sites are enjoyed, researched and protected. Licensees and their teams have played a huge role in the careers of all MSDS Marine staff. They have inspired us, taught us and helped us develop our skills and to recognise this we would like to give something back. The first award will be to help support Licensees and their teams.

The second award will help support maritime archaeology students in the UK. The growing MSDS Marine team includes a number of early years’ professionals who have all recently completed university courses. Their recent experience highlights the significant costs faced by students to complete their education. We strongly believe fieldwork and other training experiences help create professionals with a more rounded skill set and are keen to help allow students to maximise the experiences that they get. To this end we offer many volunteer opportunities for students but we are now also keen to help support them financially to gain experiences which might otherwise be unaffordable.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th October 2018. 

Protected Wreck Site Support Grant – £500 (or £600 to be spent on dive equipment in Go-Dive Ltd)

We recognise the enormous contribution made by volunteers to marine archaeology in the UK and would like to help support their work financially as well as with the practical advice and guidance and support we already give. Awards are designed to assist with specific costs incurred by volunteers working on sites protected under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 and other heritage legislation. Do you need new equipment, is there training you would benefit from? We are happy to consider anything that would help you! All team members are eligible to apply for the award providing they have the support of the Principal Licensee for the site. On completion of their work, the successful candidates must submit a 500 word blog, and at least three images, for publication on the MSDS Marine website detailing what the award has been used for. Submissions will be judged by MSDS Marine in consultation with the Heritage Agencies.

 Download Application Form: MSDSMarineGrants2018_ApplicationPWA

Student Support Grant – £500 (or £600 to be spent on dive equipment in Go-Dive Ltd)

We recognise that training to be a maritime archaeologist can have huge costs associated with it for equipment purchase and additional courses outside of the scope of the main University degree courses. This award is designed to help with specific costs of equipment and training (including conference attendance) for students on undergraduate and masters level degree courses in the UK. On completion of their work, the successful candidates must submit a 500 word blog, and at least three images, for publication on the MSDS Marine website detailing what the award has been used for. Submissions will be judged by MSDS Marine in consultation with University Departments.

Download Application Form: MSDSMarineGrants2018_ApplicationStudent

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