Grants & Awards

In line with the aims of the Group, a number of grants and awards are offered each year to support and further medieval settlement research.

beresfordMaurice Beresford Memorial Bursaries

In memory of Maurice Beresford, pioneer in medieval settlement studies and a founder member, the MSRG awards two student bursaries annually up to the value of £100 to help to defray the expenses of attending a conference within the field of the Group’s interests. For further details of eligibility and application, click here.

hurstJohn Hurst Memorial Prize

The MSRG is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the rural landscape and its settlement in the period c. AD 400-1600. The late John Hurst was a major figure in the development of the Group and in his honour, and to encourage new and young scholars, an annual prize of £200 is offered for the best Masters dissertation on any theme in the field of medieval settlement and landscape exploitation in Britain and Ireland. For further details of eligibility, application and list of past award holders, click here.


MSRG can make grants up to a maximum of £500 annually for the support of research by members of the Group within its field of interest. Preference will normally be given to field survey, documentary research and preparation of graphics rather than to excavation and the preparation of reports for publication. A summary report of the work will be required within a year and, subject to editorial consideration, may be published in the Medieval Settlement Research journal. For further details of eligibility and application, click here.

Previous Occasional Grants

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWharram Percy York-Wharram Conference Student Bursaries

The MSRG awarded five student bursaries for the 2012 York – Wharram conference, to help to defray the expenses of attendance, providing the £50 conference fee and £50 towards travel and subsistence.

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