Nick Ryan Bursary

To honour the work of its longstanding chair Nick Ryan, CAA International provides the annual Nick Ryan Bursary Award. The Nick Ryan Bursary Award winner is chosen from each year’s student paper presenters. The award goes towards the costs of attending CAA Conference the following year, up to a maximum of 1,000 Euros.

CAA 2021 Digital Crossroads, Limassol, Cyprus
The winner of the 2021 Nick Ryan Bursary Award held virtually in Cyprus, is Anastasia Nikulina, of the University of Leiden, for her paper Agent-based modelling to assess hominin role in creating and maintaining vegetation openness during the Last Interglacial and the Early – Middle Holocene in Europe: overview of a planned simulation.

CAA commends Anastasia on her well hard-earned success, and we look forward to seeing more great things from her in future.  You can find out more about Anastasia’s research at her professional profile here.  Anastasia is also part of the TerraNova Initiative.

Previous Nick Ryan Bursary winners:
CAA 2013: Ben Davies
CAA 2014: Iza Romanowska
CAA 2015: Chiara Piccoli
CAA 2016: Iris Kramer
CAA 2017: Samantha Thi Porter
CAA 2018: Heather Christie
CAA 2019: Benjamin Hanussek
Benjamin’s winning paper was: “Why the Implementation of Modern Technologies in Museums To Popularise Archaeology Still Fails to Reach Out To Millennials.” It is available on and has since been adapted into an Open Access Digital Review in Advances in Archaeological Practice. Benjamin also reviews academic books via the medium of video games, on his channel on Youtube. CAA commends Benjamin on his success, and we look forward to seeing more great things from him in future.

CAA 2020: Deferred.
CAA 2021: Anastasia Nikulina

CAA 2022 Oxford, UK
To be considered for the next Nick Ryan Bursary Award, please return here for updates later in 2021. The deadline is the same deadline as the call for papers.

As the format of CAA 2022 is not yet confirmed (in-person, virtual, or a combination), the number of accepted papers for the Nick Ryan Bursary, format of presentation, and assessment procedure will be adapted accordingly.

Nick Ryan Bursary Selection Process
Applicants should select the appropriate tick box when uploading paper submissions. This notifies the local organisers that you wish to be considered for the Nick Ryan Bursary. Each abstract is reviewed by the CAA Scientific Committee, followed by the CAA Bursary Committee who will make the final selection of papers. Short listed candidates will then be contacted with instructions going forward. At the conference, candidates’ presentations are judged by members of Scientific Committee, Executive Steering Committee, and/or local organising committee. The candidate with the highest average score will be chosen as the winner of the bursary award.

If you have any questions around this process please email the Student/Low Income Officer, Kate Rogers.

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