Summary The Connected Past is an international community for archaeological and historical network research. Its annual conference will be held at Aarhus University in September 2021. It is crucial for academic activities to continue to be organised to offer science communication and networking opportunities in physical, blended or online formats, and to support the active participation of PhD students. Thanks to the support from the Carlsberg Foundation, we can offer six bursaries to facilitate six outstanding PhD students to attend The Connected Past 2021 in person (restrictions permitting). The Carlsberg Foundation further enables the in-person attendance of our keynote speaker Prof. Juan A. Barceló, who is a globally-recognised leader in computational archaeology.