In cooperation with, and thanks to the generous sponsorship of Historic England, the Vindolanda Trust is pleased to offer 6 residential bursary places for the 2023 excavations, reserved for young people aged 18 to 20 who reside within the NE1 to NE44 postcodes.

The residential element in this bursary has been included to tackle barriers to participation in archaeological work: we are therefore particularly interested in seeing applications from parts of the region which have traditionally not engaged with the Wall, where economic or other barriers could be addressed through the bursaries.

 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;
  • On site self-catering accommodation in a single room in the Hedley Center, with en-suite facilities, as well as use of shared kitchen and living spaces. Accomodation will be available from Sunday to the last Friday of your period.
  • A welcome basket including breakfast items and assorted starter foods. The bursary winners will need to arrange any extra food deliveries with local supermarkets.
  • 10 packed lunches- both in these and in the welcome baskets, all reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate dietary restrictions.
  • 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 residential bursary places will only be available for Period 7 - 26th June to the 7th July 2023 (3 places) and Period 8 -  10th to the 21st July 2023 (3 places).

A few things to remember:

  1. Before you apply for this bursary, make sure that, if successful, you would be able to attend either period. We are not able to allocate periods upon request.
  2. You must be resident in the postcodes between NE1 and NE44. If you live further afield, in the UK or abroad, then the Vindolanda Trust Residential Bursary might be right for you. Make sure you are applying to the correct bursary to give you the best chances of success.
  3. No 'non-residential' excavation only bursary spaces are available in Period 7 & 8. This bursary comes with accommodation. If you don't need accommodation try the Historic England Partnership Non-Residential Bursary.


Thanks to all who have applied. We are now in the process of creating a shortlist, and all shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Zoom interview, which will take place between the 8th and 9th February.  All winners will be notified of their place by the 28th February 2023. Please do not apply to more than one bursary. If you apply for more than one bursary, the first application you submit will be the one we 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