Patrick Cadell Bursary

As a former Keeper of the Records of Scotland and as a chair and trustee of numerous heritage, archives and records organisations, Patrick Cadell CBE made valuable contributions to archives in Scotland and abroad. Acting as an influential advocate for archives in the Council of Europe, Mr Cadell also led the launch of the Scottish Archive Network with a national online catalogue and digital images of the early Scottish wills.

SCA funds an annual bursary in memory of Patrick Cadell’s extensive contributions to the sector. The bursary is aimed at supporting CPD opportunities for an archivist, records manager, conservator or volunteer working in a Scottish archive or records management unit.

‘Design for Bank of Scotland £1 note, by William Black’ (1885) – Image Courtesy of Lloyds Banking Group.

SCA acknowledges the importance of professional development across a range of areas. We are also aware that budgets for CPD are often limited and even approval for things like travel costs to enable you to attend a free event can be difficult. The Cadell Bursary accepts applications for all types of CPD costs. This could involve travel costs, workshop or conference fees, or purchasing materials like books and computer software.

If you feel it is important and we can contribute to your development as an archivist, records manager or conservator then we want to hear from you.

Bursary Amount

There is no minimum amount for applications, and you can submit requests up to £200. Multiple applications will be considered but the maximum cumulative total per applicant should not exceed £200.


An archivist, records manager or conservator in a Scottish service, unable to get financial support for the CPD activity from their employer.


A volunteer or student, with at least six months experience in a Scottish archive or records management service, who is working towards a career in the archive or records management sector.

All applicants must have been a SCA member for at least six months prior to application. Membership is free and you can find out more about how to register here.


The total fund is restricted and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications for 2023-24 are now closed.

Payment Process

SCA would prefer to reimburse expenditure incurred by the successful applicant, and will ask for proof of payment (e.g., receipts or invoices). If this is not possible we can consider advance payment if supported by accurate estimated costs (e.g., conference fee or estimated travel expenditure).

SCA can also pay suppliers directly, such as a training provider. Please note that consideration can take up to 30 days.