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RAF Museum Academic Awards 2020

Published on: 17 August 2020

The RAF Museum is pleased to announce that it is 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 1 September 2020 for the RAF Museum’s:

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

Applications close on 25 October 2020.

If you are considering applying or have questions regarding your eligibility then you are encouraged to email the Museum’s Historian 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:
The Royal Air Force Museum PhD Bursary Application
The Royal Air Force Museum PhD Bursary Application Guidance
The Royal Air Force Museum Masters Prize Application
The Royal Air Force Museum Masters Prize Application Guidance
The Royal Air Force Museum Undergraduate Prize Application
The Royal Air Force Museum Undergraduate Prize Application Guidance

Winners of the RAF Museum's 2019 Academic Awards

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

• Ian Thirsk (Royal Air Force Museum)
• Sebastian Cox (Head, Air Historical Branch)
• Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray (University of Wolverhampton)
• Professor David Edgerton (King’s College London)
• Professor Richard Morris (University of Huddersfield)

The Museum is pleased to note that previous winners of PhD bursary are now in academic posts at UK institutions and that previous winners of both Undergraduate and Masters Prizes are now studying for doctorates. Details of last year’s winners can be found here.

Winners of our 2018 Bursaries

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