Nick Ryan Bursary

To honour the work of its longstanding chair Nick Ryan, CAA International supports the annual Nick Ryan Bursary Award. The Nick Ryan Bursary recognises the best student paper presented at the annual conference. The award, which is a maximum of 1,000 Euros, supports the winner’s expenses to attend the next CAA conference.

Applying for the Nick Ryan Bursary

Students presenting papers at CAA’s annual conference may apply to be considered for the Nick Ryan Bursary during the abstract submission process. CAA is currently accepting paper proposals for the CAA 2022 conference, which will be hybrid meeting from Oxford, United Kingdom, 8-11 August. Applicants should select the appropriate tick box when uploading paper submissions to notify the local organisers that you wish to be considered for the Nick Ryan Bursary. The deadline to submit abstracts for this year’s conference is 6 April 2022.

Each abstract submitted for consideration for the Nick Ryan bursary is assessed by the Scientific Committee as part of the conference review process. The Bursary Committee then reviews all of the submitted abstracts and chooses the top eight proposals to become part of the Nick Ryan Bursary session. Authors of the papers selected will be notified of their inclusion in the special session and provided with additional instructions. At the conference, each of the candidates’ presentations will be assessed by members of Scientific Committee, Executive Steering Committee, and/or local organising committee. The candidate receiving the highest average score will be named the Nick Ryan Bursary award winner.

Nick Ryan Bursary Recipients

CAA 2021 Nick Ryan Bursary Award

The winner of the 2021 Nick Ryan Bursary Award was Anastasia Nikulina, of the University of Leiden. Presenting as part of the virtual conference from Limassol, Cyprus, she won for her paper entitled “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 2019: Benjamin Hanussek
CAA 2018: Heather Christie
CAA 2017: Samantha Thi Porter
CAA 2016: Iris Kramer
CAA 2015: Chiara Piccoli
CAA 2014: Iza Romanowska
CAA 2013: Ben Davies


If you have any questions about the Nick Ryan bursary, please email the Bursaries and Student/Low Income Officer.

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