The Swedish Research Council has just announced its 2008 project grants for research in the humanities and social sciences. 106 out of 993 submitted projects (10%) have received funding. Only two archaeologists got money: Thomas B. Larsson (b. 1953) who works with the Scandinavian Bronze Age, and Susanne Berndt ErsÃ¶z (b. 1959) who works with Turkey in the Last Millennium BC. Grant recipient Lena Larsson-LovÃ©n (b. 1956) works with Roman dress, which places her in a border zone between art studies, history and archaeology.
As I have previously documented, you need to be about 42 and a recent PhD to get a university job in Swedish prehistoric archaeology. Apparently you need to be about 55 and a chaired professor to get a Research Council project grant, though the dataset (n=1) is admittedly rather small. The fact that only one Scandy prehistorian got funded is however telling in itself.
It’s the same story as last year. Don’t know why I bother.