CDAF Bursaries

CDAF offer a number of research bursaries, normally on a per annum basis, up to a maximum of £3,000 each. This includes funding for the dissemination of a research project and its findings at a conference.

Applications are invited in either of the following categories:

  • empirical/applied/quantitative/qualitative research in accounting/finance.
  • research into pedagogical and curriculum issues in accounting/finance.

Applications from both individuals and groups are welcome. The following conditions will apply:

(a) Bursaries are intended as ‘pump priming’ for new or returning researchers and are only available to those who are new to research or who have taken a break from research. That is, those who have received no previous research funding from any external source and have no refereed publications within the last five years, or are defined as “early career researchers”. They are not available to fund PhD programmes or preliminary work for PhDs.

(b) Each application must include a letter from the relevant Head of Department confirming departmental support for the proposal along with confirmation of the eligibility of the applicant(s) for the award.

(c) Award recipients will be expected to present a paper at a relevant BAFA regional, BAFA-SIG, or BAFA Annual Conference within 18 months of the receipt of the first instalment of the award. If satisfactory progress is not made, the bursary may be withdrawn. Successful candidates will be expected to submit a progress report at an appropriate point, typically 12 months after the grant was awarded.

(d) Applicants must be employed by institutions that are fully paid-up members of CDAF on the date of the award decision.

Payments will be made in two instalments, the second of which will only be paid once a satisfactory interim report has been received and a paper has been presented at a relevant conference, as defined in (c) above. This will be paid to the applicant’s university and, given the size of the award, overheads should not be deducted by the Institution, nor included in the budget submitted with the application for the award.


The application should be submitted in accordance with the relevant guidelines (see the end of this document) and must be accompanied by:

  • a summary CV, no longer than 3 sides of A4, including details of the applicant’s research experience and training (e.g. attendance at CDAF/BAFA/BAFA-SIG research methods workshops).
  • a letter of support and confirmation of eligibility from the applicant’s Head of Department.

Applications that do not comply with the above will not be considered.

Applicants should email their application, CV and letter of support as PDF files to:

Professor Joan Ballantine, Ulster University at

Decisions concerning the awards will be made by the CDAF Executive.

Click on the link below to access the guidance notes to assist in preparing project proposals for CDAF research bursaries:

CDAF Research Bursaries - Guidance Notes