Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Vindolanda Trust Friends and Donors, we are proud to be able to offer 3 residential bursary places for the 2023 excavations, reserved for young people aged 18 to 25 from anywhere in the world!

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;
  • 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. Accommodation 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 Vindolanda Trust Residential Bursary places will only be available in Period 10 (7th-18th August)

A few things to remember:

  1. If you live in postcodes between NE1 and NE44, try applying for the Historic England Partnership residential bursary. Those spaces have been ring-fenced for people living in the North East. If you live locally and want to commute to Vindolanda every day, please apply for the Historic England partnership non-residential bursary. Make sure you are applying to the correct bursary to give you the best chances of success.
  2. No 'non-residential', excavation only bursary spaces are available in period 10.


Thanks to all those who have applied. We have received more than 40 applications for only three spaces. The process of awarding the bursary has begun, and it will be an extremely competitive one. We are now in the process of creating a shortlist, and will offer all shortlisted candidates a Zoom interview. All  winners will be notified of their place by the 28th February 2023. 

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