The John and Bryony Coles Bursary

Application deadline: 31st January annually

This bursary was established in 1998 by John and Bryony Coles to enable student members of the Prehistoric Society to travel away from their home country or region to study and work at prehistoric archaeology. Two awards of between £200 and £300 each are usually given each year.

The purpose of the bursary is to permit the recipients to travel abroad (i.e., outside their countries of residence and registered study) to gain a better understanding of prehistoric archaeology, through the active study of archaeology, whether by taking part in excavations, surveys or other fieldwork, by working in museums, or by travelling to visit sites.

Attendance at conferences would not be an eligible activity unless it was an integral part of the previously mentioned programmes.

Experimental Archaeology

Due to the impact of the current global pandemic on travel, it has been decided to temporarily broaden the scope of this bursary. As John Coles was a pioneer of experimental archaeology, applications to the Student Travel Award may now also include experimental archaeology projects.

Proposals must be from registered students engaged in experimental archaeology research.  Funds may, for example, be granted to pay for materials for experimental archaeology or for the use of equipment not available in the applicants own place of study.


Applicants must be student members of the society and registered students of archaeology (either part or full time) in the later stages of undergraduate study or in the early years of postgraduate study, or other equivalent status, without restriction on age.

All applicants must provide proof of their student status (i.e., a letter from their institution). Student cards will not be accepted.

For the purposes of this award the UK and the Republic of Ireland shall be considered as one region, and applicants from either of these countries must travel outside that region.

Application forms

Please return completed forms to