Grants & Prizes

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. While 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.

Grants & Prizes

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. While 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.

Grants and prizes available


Postgraduates (see below): 
New Research Workers Award (NRWA); Postgraduate Quaternary Conference Fund (PQCF)

All other QRA members (see below): 
Quaternary Research Fund (QRF); Quaternary Conference Fund (QCF)

Special grants (see separate tab in menu): 
QRA-14CHRONO Centre Radiocarbon Dating; QRA Geoconservation Award; Radiocarbon Dating Short Course Bursaries; The Bill Bishop Award

Prizes (see separate tab in menu): 
QRA Research Award; James Croll Medal; Lewis Penny Medal; QRA Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

Eligible applications are judged on the basis of: scientific excellence, financial need, and value for money.

Applications require:
  • A completed application form including case for support (all awards)
  • A letter of support (postgraduate awards only)

We are currently updating our online application portal. For the September 2020, January 2021 and May 2021 awards rounds, all application forms should be submitted via email to the QRA Awards Officer, Dr Kathryn Adamson (awards@qra.org.uk).

All proposed activities must comply with institutional, national, and/or international COVID-19 / Health & Safety guidelines and, where applicable, supervisor/line-manager approval must be secured. Award winners must keep the QRA updated with any unforeseen changes to their QRA-funded activities due to COVID-19.

See below for full details of each award and application forms.

New Research Workers' Award (NRWA)

Deadlines: 15th January, 15th May, and 15th September

application form

Award amount: up to £1,500

This award is aimed at researchers studying for higher degrees, and typically supports field expeditions, geological surveys, visits to laboratories, purchase of essential field equipment and laboratory analyses. Preference will be given to those who...

Award amount: up to £1,500

This award is aimed at researchers studying for higher degrees, and typically supports field expeditions, geological surveys, visits to laboratories, purchase of essential field equipment and laboratory analyses. Preference will be given to those who have limited access to funding for such activities.

To be eligible for the scheme you must have been a QRA member for at least 6 months by the time of application and must not hold a doctoral degree or a tenured academic position. Postgraduates are only eligible to apply once for the NRWA during their studies. A letter of support from the applicant's PhD supervisor must accompany the application. The scheme is not open to undergraduate researchers.

Successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief report (500-800 words) for publication in Quaternary Newsletter during the 12 months following expenditure of the grant. Applicants are encouraged to submit full-length articles to Quaternary Newsletter. These will be subject to the normal refereeing procedure for QN articles. Applicants submitting full-length articles are not required to submit the brief report in addition.

No further applications will be considered until 6 months have elapsed from the time of receipt of written reports and/or statements of expenditure, assuming that a report for the Quaternary Newsletter has been received within the required 12 month deadline (exceptions apply to Postgraduate Quaternary Conference Fund and for postgraduate recipients of a Radiocarbon Short Course Bursary).

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Postgraduate Quaternary Conference Fund (PQCF)

Deadlines: 15th May and 15th September

application form

Award amount: up to £750

This award supports postgraduate attendance at conferences and field meetings. Applications are particularly encouraged from students in their first year of study. Priority will be given to those with limited alternative sources of funding, and to...

Award amount: up to £750

This award supports postgraduate attendance at conferences and field meetings. Applications are particularly encouraged from students in their first year of study. Priority will be given to those with limited alternative sources of funding, and to QRA-sponsored conferences and field meetings. Any registered postgraduate who is a current member of the QRA is eligible to apply, regardless of duration of membership or whether other QRA awards are currently held. 

A brief supporting letter from your supervisor must accompany the application. Please note that postgraduates are not permitted to apply for funds to attend the QRA Postgraduate Symposium, since this meeting already receives financial support from the QRA.

Recipients will be required to submit a short report of expenditure to the Awards Officer (for files only) not more than 3 months after completion of the conference/meeting. Once the report has been received, members will be eligible to apply immediately for other QRA awards (i.e. the usual 12 month moratorium on further applications will not apply).

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Quaternary Research Fund (QRF)

Deadlines: 15th January, 15th May, and 15th September

application form

Award amount: up to £1,500

The Quaternary Research Fund is available to all members of the QRA of at least one year's standing, irrespective of age and status, to foster research in any area of Quaternary studies (NB postgraduates should apply to the New Research Workers'...

Award amount: up to £1,500

The Quaternary Research Fund is available to all members of the QRA of at least one year's standing, irrespective of age and status, to foster research in any area of Quaternary studies (NB postgraduates should apply to the New Research Workers' Awards).

Grants can be used to fund expenses such as field expeditions, equipment hire, and laboratory analysis. Please note that: (i) we are not able to accept applications for radiocarbon dates (these are normally expected to be routed through NERC); and (ii) we do not generally fund labour costs, except in exceptional circumstances.

Successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief report (500-800 words) for publication in Quaternary Newsletter during the 12 months following expenditure of the grant. Applicants are encouraged to submit full-length articles to Quaternary Newsletter, which will be subject to the normal refereeing procedure for QN articles. Applicants submitting full-length articles are not required to submit the brief report in addition.

No further applications will be considered until 6 months have elapsed from the time of receipt of written reports and/or statements of expenditure, assuming that a report for the Quaternary Newsletter has been received within the required 12 month deadline.

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Quaternary Conference Fund (QCF)

Deadlines: 15th January, 15th May, and 15th September

application form

Award amount: up to £750

The Quaternary Conference Fund is available to all members of the QRA of at least one year's standing to assist with attendance at conferences and field meetings. Priority will be given to those with limited alternative sources of funding. Priority will...

Award amount: up to £750

The Quaternary Conference Fund is available to all members of the QRA of at least one year's standing to assist with attendance at conferences and field meetings. Priority will be given to those with limited alternative sources of funding. Priority will also be given to QRA-sponsored conferences and field meetings. 

Recipients will be required to submit a short report of expenditure to the Awards Officer (for files only) not more than 3 months after completion of the conference/meeting. Once the report has been received, members will be eligible to apply immediately for other QRA awards (i.e. the usual 12 month moratorium on further applications will not apply).

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