Special Grants

The QRA provides grants to its members with the aim of promoting high quality Quaternary research, training and dissemination of results, as widely as possible. Eligible applications are judged on the basis of: (a) scientific excellence; (b) financial need; and (c) value for money. Furthermore, whilst the QRA remains committed to supporting the activities of all members, applications from postgraduates or from those members without access to conventional sources of funding will receive particular consideration.

Special Grants

The QRA provides grants to its members with the aim of promoting high quality Quaternary research, training and dissemination of results, as widely as possible. Eligible applications are judged on the basis of: (a) scientific excellence; (b) financial need; and (c) value for money. Furthermore, whilst the QRA remains committed to supporting the activities of all members, applications from postgraduates or from those members without access to conventional sources of funding will receive particular consideration.

QRA-14CHRONO Centre Radiocarbon Dating

Deadlines: 15th January and 15th May

application form

This award has been set up in collaboration with the 14CHRONO Centre, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast. Up to ten AMS radiocarbon dates in total will be awarded during each year and applications will be received during the 15th January and...

This award has been set up in collaboration with the 14CHRONO Centre, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast. Up to ten AMS radiocarbon dates in total will be awarded during each year and applications will be received during the 15th January and 15th May rounds. The scheme is open to undergraduates, Masters and first year PhD students only and only one award will be made to each successful applicant during their degree. Applicants can apply for a maximum of 3 dates. To be eligible for the scheme you must be a QRA member at the time of application. Applicants must read the following guidelines carefully before applying:

1. The successful applicant will be expected to take the samples themselves in the field and prepare the material for dating following prior consultation with QUB.

2. The 14CHRONO Centre will consult with the award recipient with regards to the appropriate material and sampling for their application, prepare and analyse the samples and provide the applicant with the conventional radiocarbon ages and calibrated age ranges. Award recipients must allow at least 8-10 weeks from receipt of the sample in the laboratory for results except by prior approval.

3. Applicants for this award may not apply to the New Research Workers Awards for the same or closely-related project in the same year.

A letter of support from the applicant's supervisor must accompany the application. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief report (500 words) for publication in Quaternary Newsletter during the 12 months following the award. Applicants are encouraged to submit full-length articles to Quaternary Newsletter, which will be subject to the normal refereeing procedure for QNarticles. Applicants submitting full-length articles are not required to submit the brief report in addition. The 14CHRONO Centre and the QRA should be acknowledged in all resulting publications.

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QRA Geoconservation Award

Dr Eleanor Brown

Deadlines: 1st March and 1st September

The QRA launched a new fund for geoconservation at the 2018 AGM in Plymouth. QRA members and organisations who deliver and promote the conservation of our Quaternary geoheritage are invited to apply for the new QRA Geoconservation Award.

Grants will normally be...

The QRA launched a new fund for geoconservation at the 2018 AGM in Plymouth. QRA members and organisations who deliver and promote the conservation of our Quaternary geoheritage are invited to apply for the new QRA Geoconservation Award.

Grants will normally be made up to £1000, although larger requests will be considered. Awards are open to individuals and organisations to deliver conservation projects, activities and organise conservation themed events, as well as share good practice on Quaternary geoconservation. There are two deadlines each year, 1 March and 1 September.
For further information and an application form, please contact the QRA Conservation Officer conservation@qra.org.uk

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Radiocarbon Dating Short Course Bursaries

Deadlines: 15th January

application form

The QRA will provide up to three bursaries to enable members to participate in the radiocarbon dating short course run jointly by NERC and the AHRC that is held every two years. The bursaries are intended to cover published course fees for 2 days (which may or may not include...

The QRA will provide up to three bursaries to enable members to participate in the radiocarbon dating short course run jointly by NERC and the AHRC that is held every two years. The bursaries are intended to cover published course fees for 2 days (which may or may not include meals and one night's accommodation). The cost 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). A letter of support from the applicant's PhD supervisor (if applicable) must accompany the application. The scheme is not open to undergraduate members.

This course is held in Oxford every two years. We anticipate that the next short course will in spring 2015. Further information can be found here. Note that the course can be taken over 1, 2 or 3 days; the QRA bursary specifically supports attendance for 2 days.

Successful applicants will be required to submit proof of attendance (course fee receipt) and a brief statement pertaining to the benefits of attending, within 3 months of completion. Once these documents have been received, postgraduate members will be eligible to apply immediately for other QRA awards; other members will be required to observe the usual 12-month moratorium on further applications.

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The Bill Bishop Award

Deadlines: 15th January

nomination form

This award is open to registered full or part-time MPhil/PhD students but not to 1-year MSc students, those taking a taught course or to undergraduates. It is not a requirement for applicants to be current members of the QRA, but any applicant accepting an award must join the Association at...

This award is open to registered full or part-time MPhil/PhD students but not to 1-year MSc students, those taking a taught course or to undergraduates. It is not a requirement for applicants to be current members of the QRA, but any applicant accepting an award must join the Association at least for the duration of the research (one year minimum).

The award is designed to provide support for field-based research in the subject of geology and related sciences in the fields of: (i) Cenozoic stratigraphy, palaeoenvironments and chronology in relation to hominid evolution; and (ii) British Quaternary stratigraphy, palaeoenvironments and geomorphology.

One award will be made annually to a maximum value of £800 and can be used for any purpose deemed suitable by the Awards Panel. Typical claims might be to fund travel expenses to a field site or to hire equipment. Successful applicants will be expected to provide a statement of expenditure within 3 months of completing their field research and to submit a full-length article to Quaternary Newsletter in the 12 months that follow, which will be subject to the normal refereeing procedure. Suitable acknowledgement should be made to the QRA and the Bill Bishop Award in any resulting publications.

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