Registered Charity No. 1091203


Thomas Wiedemann, Professor of Latin at the University of Nottingham from 1995 to 2001, died on 28 June 2001, aged fifty-one. Generations of students at Bristol and Nottingham were inspired by his teaching, and he had a huge influence on the study of the ancient world through both his writings and his many friendships. A memorial fund has been established in memory of Professor Wiedemann for the support of postgraduate study of the ancient world at UK universities. The trustees of the fund are Prof. Stephen Hodkinson (Nottingham, Chair), Professor Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck), Prof. Esther Eidinow (Bristol), Prof. Jonathan Prag (Oxford, Secretary and Treasurer). Donations to the fund continue to be welcome: click here for further information and a donation form.

Grants from the Fund are available to assist with the costs of visits to universities, libraries, or museums in the UK, related to actual or planned research activities. Any student currently enrolled for a taught or research postgraduate course related to the ancient Greek or Roman world at any university in the UK is eligible to apply. Visiting graduate students with a formal attachment to a UK department may also apply for assistance with their research activities in the UK. Grants will be made mainly for the costs of travel, though assistance may also be given with accommodation and subsistence costs. The Fund supports and encourages the principle of sustainable travel. Applications for costs for virtual participation at research events may be considered (such grants would not normally extend to equipment costs, but are available for, e.g., registration costs or childcare costs). It is expected that applicants will normally also seek a contribution to their costs from their own institution, and that in normal circumstances the home institution will aim to match the Fund's contribution, or at least to share part of the costs. The trustees are particularly keen to support attendance by individuals or groups at seminars or conferences. However, grants for attendance at the Classical Association Annual Conference, the Triennial Meeting of the Hellenic & Roman Societies, or at the Annual Meetings of Postgraduates in Ancient History (AMPAH) and in Ancient Literature (AMPAL) will be made only in exceptional cases. Applicants are reminded of the existence of several other more specific funds which may be more appropriate, such as the SPHS's Dover Fund.

Grants are also available for the support of individuals with disabilities or caring responsibilities to assist with additional costs which might be incurred in undertaking the proposed research activity. Such grants may be made in parallel to the primary grant and up to the same maximum. If applying for such additional costs, please submit two separate applications.

Applications for grants should be made by completing and submitting the online form, normally at least one month before the intended date of travel. Applicants should also ask their supervisor or course director or another referee to send a brief statement in support of their application by e-mail to Professor Prag (

Awards will not be made for travel to countries other than the UK. Individuals will not normally be eligible for grants totalling more than £150 in any 12 month period.

Application Form for Travel Grant

Information for Donors


The Fund is grateful for the financial support of the Classical Association, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, as well as for previous support from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) History, Classics and Archaeology Subject Centre. The CA and the SPHS both occasionally transfer a sum of money to the Fund on the basis that they support the same objects and currently endorse the Fund as being an effective means to make grants to postgraduates in the UK. Grants made by the Fund are therefore frequently made in the name of one or more of these bodies.


Page last updated: 20 November 2023