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QRA-Oxford Radiocarbon Dating Short Course Bursaries

About the award

The QRA, with the Radiocarbon Laboratory at University of Oxford, provides bursaries to enable members to participate in the short course ‘Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological Analysis’, which is run jointly by NERC Radiocarbon Facility (University of Oxford and SUERC, University of Glasgow) and the University of Oxford NERC DTP. Note that the course can be taken over 1, 2 or 3 days; the QRA bursary specifically supports attendance for 3 days.

Award Amount

Up to three bursaries may be awarded per year. The bursaries cover published course fees for 3 days, accommodation during the course (2 nights), lunches and refreshments. The costs of transport to and from the venue (and any other attendant expenses, including accommodation the night before the beginning of the course) must be met by the applicant. 


The scheme is open to any QRA member, though preference will initially be given to first year PhD students who are not funded by either NERC or AHRC (these students can usually secure their attendance costs via the Research Training Support Grant paid annually to their institution). The scheme is not open to undergraduate members.

Application details

The online application form will take your application details. You must also prepare a Case for Support summarising your current research and explaining fully the benefits of attending this course. This should be no more than one side of A4, 12 point single-spaced, including figures and references. The Case for Support can be uploaded as a single file not exceeding 50Mb. For postgraduate applicants, a letter of support is also required from your supervisor – submitted as a separate file. 

Reporting requirements

Proof of attendance and brief statement of benefits must be submitted to the Awards Office at within 3 months of completion of the course. Postgraduate members will be eligible to apply for other awards on receipt of statement; full members will be eligible to apply for other awards following 12 months from completion of the reporting requirements.

Application deadlines

15th February 2025, and subsequently once per year on 15th February.

Interested in applying?

QRA members can apply for grants using our online application forms on our website.