RAF Museum Academic Awards 2023

Published on: 7 August 2023

The RAF Museum is delighted to announce that it is again sponsoring a series of academic awards designed to inspire and reward high-quality research by up and coming scholars. Applications which consider the historiography of the RAF are particularly welcomed.

The awards are not, however, confined to works focused on the RAF and are open to students whose studies will further the Museum’s knowledge in relevant areas of archaeology, international relations, strategic studies, law and ethics, museology or air power. Works which help expand knowledge of operational conditions, adversaries or the context of the RAF’s history are also eligible.

Applications open on 7 August 2023 for the RAF Museum’s:

  • PhD Bursary (£1,500)
  • Masters Prize (£250)
  • Undergraduate Prize (£150)

Applications close on 27 October 2023

If you are considering applying or have questions regarding your eligibility then you are warmly encouraged to email the Museum’s Head of Collections and Research Dr Harry Raffal (harry.raffal@rafmuseum.org) for an informal discussion of the awards.

To apply for one of this year’s academic awards, please download the appropriate documents below:

RAF Museum PhD Bursary Application 2023

RAF Museum PhD Guidelines 2023

RAF Museum MA Prize Application 2023

RAF Museum MA Guidelines 2023

RAF Museum BA Prize Application 2023


The prizes are granted on the recommendation of a selection panel consisting of the following members of the Museum’s Research Advisory Board.

  • Seb Cox (Head, Air Historical Branch)
  • Dr Sophy Antrobus (King’s College London)
  • Dr Maria Burczynska (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Professor David Edgerton (King’s College London)
  • Professor Richard Morris (University of Huddersfield)

Details of last year’s winners can be found here.

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