Foote Bursary

PETER FOOTEThe Viking Society awards an annual bursary in honour of Professor Peter Foote, who died in 2009. Having in mind his conviction that young scholars should spend as much time as possible experiencing at first hand the culture of Scandinavia (including Iceland, Greenland and the Faroes), his family made a generous donation to the Society to fund an annual bursary for a postgraduate student to spend time studying or researching in Scandinavia. This sum was supplemented by the proceeds of an auction, run by the Viking Society, which distributed Peter’s magnificent library to appreciative scholars and readers. The first bursary, worth £900, was awarded for 2013-14.

The Peter Foote Memorial Bursary

The Peter Foote Memorial Bursary honours the commitment of the late Peter Foote to scholarship, and particularly his belief that scholarship within the field of Scandinavian studies is enhanced by the opportunity to spend time studying in Scandinavia itself. The Bursary, generously funded by donations in memory of Peter Foote and a donation from the Foote family, is awarded to assist with travel to and from and / or subsistence while in Scandinavia (including Faroe, Finland, Greenland, and Iceland), in order to undertake study or research, for a period of not less than one week and not more than one year. It will not be awarded for the purposes of participation in a conference or training programme.

Applicants must be postgraduate students at a higher education institution in Britain and Ireland, whose postgraduate studies are in any field of Scandinavian studies from the Viking period to the end of the Middle Ages. They should also normally be members of the Viking Society. The Bursary for 2017-18 will be to the value of £1000.00.

In the case of more than one application, the Bursary will go to the project which, in the Research Committee’s view, promises the greatest benefit as a contribution to scholarship and / or to the personal scholarly development of the applicant. Preference will normally be given to applicants registered for a PhD in a British university. Preference may also be shown to the applicant whose financial need is greatest.

A final report will be required from the Bursary holder, together with an account of expenditure with appropriate receipts. The report and account should be sent to the Hon. Secretary of the Viking Society (Dr David Ashurst, Department of English Studies, Hallgarth House, 77 Hallgarth Street, Durham City DH1 3AY; electronic copies may be emailed to within three months of the end of the project for which the Bursary was awarded. The report will be placed on the Society’s website, and the award holder will also be invited to a meeting of the Viking Society to make a brief presentation about their research.

Applications, using the form available on the Research Support page of the Viking Society website, should be sent by e-mail to The deadline for applications for the 2017-18 award is 3 April 2017. Late applications will only be considered under exceptional extenuating circumstances.

Please see the Support Fund page for application form.

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