How we can help you attend conference

ARA members from the UK, Ireland and overseas can apply each year for Conference bursaries for our annual conference. 

Applications are invited at different times in the run up to conference.  All ARA members will receive an email inviting them to apply.

One form will cover all applications.  Deadline: Open soon

The Bursary application deadline has now passed and we are no longer taking applications.



ARA Bursaries

Applicants for the ARA bursaries need to meet the following criteria:
  • To apply you must be an individual member of the Association who has been a member for at least one year and who is, at the closing date for applications, either a student member, a full member, an overseas member, a registration candidate or is registered on the conservation certificate course.
The bursary includes full conference attendance (the 3-day programme, 2 nights accommodation and food – alcohol is not included) and travel expenses of up to £100. Please note: the same maximum travelling expenses apply to all members, from UK, Ireland and overseas.
Those who have not previously received a bursary will be given preference.

New Professionals Bursary

This bursary is only available by the generousity of our members.  If you wish to donate to send a New Professional to this year's conference please click here.

Applicants for the New Professionals bursary need to meet the following criteria:
  • You have never attended an ARA conference or received an ARA bursary of any sort.
  • You are a member of the Section for New Professionals for more than a year.
  • You would be happy to contribute a blog post for the Section.
The bursary covers full attendance over the three days including two nights accommodation and all meals including the Gala Dinner. A contribution of up to £100 is made for travel. 

Ancestry Bursary

This bursary is available through our Premier sponsors.
Applicants for this bursary need to meet the following criteria:
  • Only members working in local authorities, or spin outs from local authorities, can apply. You must be an individual member of the Association, who has been a member for at least one year.
  • You cannot apply through Institutional Affiliate or Affilate membership.
Awards will cover reasonable travel expenses within the UK and Ireland and the conference fee which includes accommodation and meals, as detailed in the conference programme.

Diversity Bursary

This bursary is sponsored by kevinjbolton ltd and is available to anyone in the UK and Ireland. 

Applicants for this bursary need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have a Black and Minority Ethnic background
  • Someone who does not have a postgraduate qualification in archives or records management