Student Bursaries

It is important for aspiring researchers to be able to see where they and their research fit in the wider archaeological picture. Conferences and events are often a great way to meet people doing similiar or complementary work but can often be expensive for students to attend.

As part of our commitment to fostering new research, ScARF has a number of bursaries available each year that are designed to enable attendance at workshops and conferences.

The conference must either be directly relevant to Scottish archaeological research, or the student should be presenting some aspect of their research into Scottish archaeology at a broader themed conference.  In return for ScARF covering the conference fee/stipend towards travel, bursary recipients are usually expected to write a short report on their experience of the conference. The full series of ScARF supported student reports can be found at

To apply please send an email with details of the conference you want to attend as well as if you are presenting a paper or a poster. Please write a short supporting statement explaining why you wish you wish to attend and how is relates to Scottish archaeological research questions. We also ask for a short letter written by a referee to support your application. 

Some of the past events that we have supported bursaries for can be seen below.

Currently available bursaries:

We have a small number of bursaries now available to attend the Western Isles symposium which will be held to launch the Scotland's Islands Research Framework for Archaeology (SIRFA) project from the 7th - 10th January 2019. These are available for students and ECR's. 

We anticipate being able to cover the costs of accommodation and subsistence at the conference for 5 people.

If you would like to apply please get in touch by email which contains the following

  • A short description of your research interests in the Western Isles and why you would like to attend
  • A reference/supporting letter from a supervisor 

The closing date for applications is the 18th November and you will be notified if you are successful by the 22nd NovemberPlease get in touch to find our more!

Previous bursaries awarded:

  1. Association of Environmental Archaeologists Conference 2017.
  2. Supporting student note takers and sponsoring the poster session at the 7th Developing International Geoarchaeology conference, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, 4th -7th September 2017. 
  3. Supporting the poster session at the Rural settlement: relating buildings, landscape, and people in the European Iron Age conference at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, June 19th to 21st 2017. 
  4. Europa 2016: Dynamics of Art, design and Vision in Iron Age EuropeEdinburgh. 
  5. Nordic Research Network conference 2016 ‘Bridges Between: Norse and Insular Worlds’Glasgow. 
  6. 8th International Symposium on 14C & Archaeology, Edinburgh.
  7. The 19th Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS), Leicester.
  8. Supporting one student to attend the Archaeomalacology Working Group Meeting at AEA2016Orkney. 
  9. Supporting five students to attend the Association of Environmental Archaeologists Conference 2016, Kirkwall, Orkney. You can read the student reports on the conference on our Student Reports page
  10. Travel, accommodation and attendance for six students at the Archaeology of Argyll symposium, Kilmartin. November 2015
  11. Travel and attendance for four students at the Cramond Roman Fort: 60 Years of Excavation and Research conference, Edinburgh. October 2015.


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