Grants & Awards

Young and Student Fellow Grants

Supporting young or student Fellows of the Society

Grants are available to support young and student Fellows of the Society (under 26 years old or a current full time matriculated student at 30 November of year of application – normally those who are currently “Under 26 or Student Fellows” of the Society).  These grants can help with the costs of:

  • archaeological or historical research into Scotland’s past
  • reading papers on Scottish themes at conferences of international standing within Britain or abroad
  • visiting museums, collections, or materials of archaeological science at home or abroad (Young or Student Gunning Jubilee Gift)
  • preparation of additional data and the presentation of material for publication in the Society publication vehicles (Young or Student Angus Graham Grant)
  • supporting research that might throw light upon the Roman occupation of Scotland (Young or Student Sir George MacDonald Grant)

Individual grants do not normally exceed a maximum of £2,000, with those to attend conferences not normally exceeding £400, and are awarded competitively.

This grant scheme was originally created as a Bursary in 1985 utilising a generous bequest from Miss McKechnie.  In 2018 the Council Trustees broadened the remit to help focus and emphasise support for the younger generation of scholars to undertake quality research, and are made on the recommendation of the Grants and Awards Committee subject to funds being available.


A Young and Student Fellow Grant is awarded competitively with the specific aim to support Young Fellows under 26 years old or full-time student Fellows at 30 November of year of application.

Potential applicants looking for conference support should not be in receipt of other subventions which might cover the whole cost of attendance at a conference, but part or whole of a Grant might be awarded to top up funds from other sources.  Applications are assessed on the basis of the ability of the candidate, the quality of the proposed research or conference paper (and international standing of the conference itself if applicable), as judged on the synopsis in the application form.  A précis of the paper or summary of the research conducted will be published on the Society’s website.

The Detailed Guidelines for grants should be consulted prior to application.


There are now two deadlines for grant applications which are the 30 April and 30 November each year.

For applications received by the 30 November, applicants can expect to hear whether they have been successful or not by the end of the following January. For applications submitted by the 30 April, decisions will be communicated by the end of June.

Young and Student Fellow Grant applications should be addressed to Dr Helen Spencer, ScARF Project Manager and arrive in the Society offices on or before the biannual deadlines. Applications can be sent by email to It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that supporting referees are agreeable to their nomination and able to respond to enquiries from the Society.

Application Form

Download Grant Application Form (Word doc)

Download Grant Guidelines (PDF)