In cooperation with, and thanks to the generous sponsorship of Historic England, the Vindolanda Trust is pleased to offer 4 non-residential bursary places for the 2023 excavations reserved for young people aged 18 to 20 who live in the Tyne Valley, or within daily commuting distance from Roman Vindolanda.

The bursary will cover:

  • Participation to the excavations, including one excavation t-shirt,
  • 1 Archaeological Skills Passport, a formal record of the skills you will acquire during your time at Vindolanda;
  • 10 packed lunches- available for you to collect every day at our cafe. All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate dietary restrictions.
  • £100.00 to cover travel expenses. These will be handed in cash on the second day of your participation, and you can use them to pay for petrol, or to cover public transport's tickets. We will not ask you for receipts.
  • One year of Friends of Vindolanda membership, which allows unlimited free entrance at Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum and offers the bearer discounts in our Museums' shops;

Before you apply, and to learn more about what it means to take part to the Vindolanda excavations, read the page below carefully

What's involved when excavating?

Please note that bursary places will only be available in Period 9 - 24th July to the 4th August 2023 (4 places).

A few things to remember:

  1. Excavations at Vindolanda run Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 4:15pm. If you are a bursary winner, please make sure that you will be able to attend site punctually at 9:30 am. It is important that you arrive on time: if you are late, you will miss daily briefings and your team will be missing a member! If your commute relies on public transport, please ensure you can not only arrive to site on time, but also get home safe every day. 
  2. No residential bursary spaces are available in Period 9 and this bursary does not come with accommodation. You will not be able to book accommodation in the Hedley centre to complement this bursary. If you do need accommodation, try the Historic England Partnership Residential Bursary or the Vindolanda Trust Residential Bursary. Apply to the correct bursary for your circumstances, to maximise your chances of success.

If there are more applicants than spaces, we will create a shortlist, and offer shortlisted candidates a Zoom interview, which will take place between the 6th and 10th February.  All winners will be notified of their place by the 28th February 2023.Please do not apply to more than one bursary: choose the right one for you instead! If you apply for more than one bursary, the application with the earliest submission timestamp will be the one we will assess.

To see what you will learn in your two weeks with us, please download the learning plan below. You can also use this as a tool to assess your own learning: speak to your teachers/tutors about how this, and the archaeological skills passports might be recognised in schools or as part of your Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Learning Plan

Applications for this bursary will open on the 3rd January and close on the 31st January 2023, via a form that can be filled out online and will become available on this page. The form will ask you to answer questions in writing, including telling us about yourself and your character, and how the bursary would benefit your future career, education or personal growth.