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PhD programmes

This entry includes PhD programmes in humanities and social sciences that may be of interest for those looking for a PhD position in archaeology. Generally, positions on these programmes are advertised once (or twice) a year and require a research project proposal. As a consequence, closing dates are not as tight as PhD positions on specified topics. In addition to PhD programmes, open calls for application to PhD positions in humanities and social sciences that require a research project proposal are also listed here.

Closing date not specified (ordered by post date)

[posted 5 October 2016]
L’Associazione del Centro Studi Normanno-Svevi
2 (due) borse di studio da € 2.500,00
in discipline storiche, storico artistiche, archeologiche nell’ambito del progetto “Storia della città” finanziato dal Comune di Barletta; con un progetto di lavoro a tema libero che abbia come oggetto di ricerca argomenti inerenti allo studio di Barletta e del suo territorio dall’età preclassica al secolo XX, realizzabile in tre mesi
Closing date: not specified (advert at academia expires 2 November 2016?)

[posted 25 July 2016]
NUI Galway, Ireland
PhD Scholarships 2017
The full call for Hardiman 2017 is open on Thursday 1st December 2016.
Closing date: expressions of interest (advert closes 21 October 2016)


Closing date (in descending order)

NEXT [re-posted 8 November 2016]
School for Advanced Research (SAR)
Resident Scholar Fellowships
from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy
Closing date: November 2017? (annual = first Monday in November)

NEXT [re-posted 27 October 2016]
Ecole française d’Athènes
Les candidats doivent être inscrits en Doctorat et poursuivre des recherches nécessitant un séjour en Grèce et se rapportant à l’un des domaines suivants : préhistoire et protohistoire égéenne ; monde hellénique antique, monde hellénique et éventuellement balkanique, médiéval, moderne et contemporain.
Closing date: 26 October 2017? (annual)

[posted 7 November 2016]
Cyprus Institute (CyI)
VI-SEEM Project
PhD program in Computational Sciences
VI-SEEM aims at creating a unique Virtual Research Environment (VRE) in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean (SEEM), in order to facilitate regional interdisciplinary collaboration, with special focus on the scientific communities of Life Sciences, Climatology and Digital Cultural Heritage.
Closing date: 1 June 2017

[posted 30 September 2016]
British School at Athens
1) The Macmillan-Rodewald Studentship
for advanced doctoral or postdoctoral research in any area covered by the School’s mission statement.
2) The Richard Bradford McConnell Studentship
Studentship (for either a full year or 6 months) for advanced doctoral or postdoctoral research in any area covered by the School’s mission statement
Closing date: 7 April 2017

NEXT [re-posted 1 October 2016]
École française de Rome
Bourses de l’École française de Rome
pour mission d’aider les doctorants au cours des premières années de leur travail de thèse
Closing date: 31 March 2017? (next closing date: 30 September 2017?)

[posted 27 November 2016]
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme
1) The Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fellowship for photo-historical research
2) The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for art historical research
3) The Johan Huizinga Fellowship for historical research
Closing date: 12 March 2017

NEW [posted 7 December 2016]
Library Company of Philadelphia
Program in African American History (PAAH)
African American History Research Fellowships
Closing date: 1 March 2017

[posted 3 November 2016]
ETH Zurich
Department of Architecture
Doctoral Program in History and Theory of Architecture
2 PhD positions in the Doctoral Program in History and Theory of Architecture
Closing date: 15 February 2017

[posted 18 November 2016]
University of Westminster
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Quintin Hogg Trust PhD Scholarships
primary: &
Closing date: 10 February 2017

NEW [posted 5 December 2016]
The Mercers’ Company &  Birkbeck, University of London, The Centre for Metropolitan History at the Institute of Historical Research, and University College London
Studentship for Doctoral Research on the History of London
relevant to the history of the London in any period from the medieval to the modern (both ‘history’ and ‘London’ defined in the widest sense).
Closing date: 3 February 2017

[posted 29 November 2016]
UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
DTP ESRC funded PhD Research Studentships
University of East London (including Archaeology and Heritage Studies)
Closing date: 3 February 2017

[posted 20 November 2016]
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
1) International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
up to 13 PhD scholarships
The GCSC focuses its research within the following Research Areas*: Research Area 1: Cultural Memory Studies | Research Area 2: Cultural Narratologies | Research Area 3: Cultural Transformation and Performativity Studies | Research Area 4: Visual and Material Culture Studies | Research Area 5: Media and Multiliteracy Studies | Research Area 6: Cultural Identities | Research Area 7: Global Studies and Politics of Space | Research Area 8: Cultures of Knowledge, Research and Education.
primary (English):
2) International PhD Programme “Literary and Cultural Studies“ (IPP)
12 PhD memberships
in four key areas in the field of Literary and Cultural Studies: Literary and Cultural Theory, Genre Theory, Literary and Cultural Historiography, Comparative and Interdisciplinary Issues
Closing date: 1 February 2017

[posted 17 November 2016]
Central European University
1) Department of Medieval Studies
PhD Scholarships
on all aspects of the history and culture of the period between 300 and 1600 C.E.
2) Department of History
PhD Scholarships
interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives on Eastern, Central and Western Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Closing date: 1 February 2017

[posted 7 November 2016]
University of Sheffield
2017 PhD scholarships
Closing date: 1 February 2017

[posted 1 March 2016]
The American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR)
Closing date: 1 February 2017 (annual)

NEW [posted 2 December 2016]
Birkbeck, University of London
School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy
PhD Scholarships
Closing date: 31 January 2017

NEW [posted 1 December 2016]
Manchester Metropolitan University
PhD Scholarship Funding 2017
Closing date: 31 January 2017

[posted 29 November 2016]
ARTES: Iberian & Latin American Visual Culture Group
1) Artes Coll & Cortés Travel Scholarships
working on any aspect of Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American visual culture before 1800
2) ARTES Coll & Cortés PhD Scholarships for students at a UK University
on any aspect of Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American visual culture before 1800
3) ARTES Coll & Cortés Scholarships for PhD or post-doc students in Spain, Portugal or Latin America
working on any aspect of Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American visual culture before 1800
Closing date: 31 January 2017 (annual)

[posted 16 November 2016]
London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP)
ESRC Studentships 2017-18
Closing date: 31 January 2017

[posted 2 November 2016]
European University Institute
Fully-funded Ph.D.s in the social sciences
including History and Civilization
Closing date: 31 January 2017

[posted 4 October 2016]
Queen Mary University of London
PhD Studentships at QMULs Doctoral College
Closing date: 31 January 2017

[posted 19 October 2016]
TECHNE [=University of the Arts London; University of Brighton; Kingston University; University of Roehampton; Royal College of Art; Royal Holloway University of London; University of Surrey]
50 AHRC Doctoral Studentships in London and the South-East
Closing date: 29 January 2017

[posted 15 November 2016]
University of Stirling
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
2017-18 Research Postgraduate Studentships
from any of the various subject areas of the Faculty – Communications, Media and Culture, Law, Philosophy, History, Politics, English (including Publishing Studies and Creative Writing), Languages, and Religion
Closing date: 18 January 2017

[posted 19 October 2016]
University of Warwick
Faculty of Arts – Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence (CADRE)
CADRE Scholarships
Closing date: 18 January 2017

[posted 12 October 2016]
University of Brighton
PhD Studentships in Linguistics and English Language, Literature, Media and Screen Studies
PhD Studentships in Design, Arts, and the Humanities
Closing date: 16 January 2017

[posted 12 October 2016]
Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership = University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham
AHRC studentships for UK/EU doctoral researchers in the arts and humanities
Closing date: 16 January 2017

[posted 12 November 2016]
Universität Hamburg
Gra­du­ier­ten­kol­leg “Interkonfessionalität in der Frühen Neuzeit”
Das Graduiertenkolleg erforscht Prozesse des Austausches zwischen den Konfessionen in der Frühen Neuzeit (16. bis 18. Jahrhundert), wobei neben dem deutschen Sprachraum auch europäische und außereuropäische Kontexte in den Blick genommen werden sollen.
Closing date: 15 January 2017

[posted 10 September 2016]
North Carolina State University
Public History/Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies
Doctoral Candidate in the Public History of the Middle East
in history or comparable field (e.g. anthropology, archaeology, heritage studies); in issues of public memory, commemoration, cultural heritage, cultural resource preservation, museum or historic site interpretation, museum education, digital research and presentation methods, and/or other public history theoretical and methodological approaches.
Closing date: 15 January 2017

[posted 21 November 2016]
University of Edinburgh
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Doctoral Scholarships
Closing date: 13 January 2017

[posted 19 October 2016]
South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP)
Up to 56 fully-funded PhD Studentships
Closing date: 12 January 2017

[posted 10 October 2016]
up to 75 Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships
CHASE is comprised of The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex, SOAS, University of London and Birkbeck, University of London. CHASE studentships are not currently offered at SOAS or Birkbeck.
Open University – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of East Anglia – Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Closing date: 11 January 2017

[posted 4 October 2016]
Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast
AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
PhD studentships in the Arts and Humanities for 2017
Closing date: 11 January 2017

[posted 30 November 2016]
University of Freiburg, Germany
GRK 1767 ‘Factual and Fictional Narration’
5 PhD positions
The graduate school “Factual and Fictional Narration” focuses on nonfictional narratives as well as on the interplay of factuality and fictionality in a wide range of texts and (audio-)visual or material media.Applicants with a non-philological research focus (e.g. Law, Theology, Linguistics, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, History, Psychology, Media Studies, or Economics) are expressly invited to submit their application.
Closing date: 9 January 2017

[posted 15 October 2016]
AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland
University of Strathclyde
University of Stirling
AHRC PhD Studentship Opportunities – History and Politics (including Heritage studies and archaeology) [internal deadline: 21 December 2016]
University of Aberdeen
AHRC PhD Studentships (including Archaeology) [internal deadline: 16 December 2016]
University of Dundee
including History
University of Glasgow
Closing date: 9 January 2017

[posted 7 October 2016]
Courtauld Institute, London
doctoral scholarship in Spanish art-historical studies
Applicants must demonstrate that Spanish art, architecture or visual culture forms the focus of their proposed research topic.
Closing date: 9 January 2017

[posted 21 November 2016]
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Earth System Sciences (ESS) NERC DTP
PhD Studentships
“C334: Environmental Impacts on Neanderthal Extinction in Southwest Asia:Climate Reconstruction of Marine Isotope Stage 3 (57-29 ka) Based on Small Mammal Records from Shanidar Cave (Iraqi Kurdistan)”
“C338: Italian ash in Croatian caves: using tephrostratigraphy to understand the timing and climatic context of the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Croatia”
“C341: The effect of climate on past human expansions”
“C325: Integrated Palaeoclimatology of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico”
“B325: Which bone for the harpoon? Exploring decision-making in complex hunter-gatherers using ancient proteins”
“B330: From provinciality to trans-continentality: the evolving scale of hominin species ranges”
Closing date: 4 January 2017

NEXT [re-posted 2 October 2016]
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik (München)
Doktorandenstipendien / Doctoral Scholarships [granted by Elise und Annemarie Jacobi-Stiftung & Gerda Henkel Foundation]
for international PhD students &
Closing date: 1 January 2017 (next closing dates: 1 April 2017, 1 July 2017, 1 October 2017)

[posted 4 November 2016]
Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg
Fakultät für Architektur, Bauingenieurwesen und Stadtplanung
Graduiertenkolleg „Kulturelle und technische Werte historischer Bauten“ (GRK 1913)
10 akademische Mitarbeiter/-innen (Promotionsstellen)
Das DFG-Graduiertenkolleg richtet sich an Absolventinnen und Absolventen der Studiengänge Bauingenieurwesen, Architektur und Stadtplanung sowie vergleichbarer Fächer, die während ihres Studiums und danach eine vertiefte Beschäftigung mit historischen Bauten, Konstruktionen und damit zusammenhängenden kulturhistorischen Fragen nachweisen können. Es richtet sich weiterhin an Absolventinnen und Absolventen der Studiengänge Kunstgeschichte, Archäologie, Geschichte oder verwandter Fächer, die während ihres Studiums und danach eine vertiefte Beschäftigung mit Fragen historischer Architektur, insbesondere Bautechnik und Technologie nachweisen können.
Closing date: 31 December 2016

[posted 24 October 2016]
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
International Fellowship Program (ISP)
The program supports research projects that show a direct connection with the diverse institutions and rich collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Closing date: 31 December 2016

[posted 18 October 2016]
University of Stirling
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
AHRC Doctoral Studentships 2017-18
Closing date: 21 December 2016

[posted 25 November 2016]
University of Glasgow
PhD Studentships at the University of Glasgow, 2017-18
Closing date: 15 December 2016

[posted 21 October 2016]
Freie Universität Berlin
Friedrich-Schlegel-Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien
bis zu 10 Promotionsstipendien & bis zu 2 PostDoc-Stipendien = up to 10 doctoral scholarships & up to 2 post-doctoral scholarships
in the field of Literary Studies, examining European, American, Arabic and Asian literary texts, with an historical and/or inter- or transcultural approach.
Closing date: 15 December 2016

[posted 6 October 2016]
University of Amsterdam
Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School of Historical Studies
Project “The freedom of the streets. Gender and urban space in Europe and Asia (1600-1850)”
1) PhD candidate ‘Gender and Urban Space in Amsterdam’
2) PhD candidate ‘Gender and Urban Space in Edo’
Closing date: 15 December 2016

[posted 30 October 2016]
Universität Tubingen
Research Training Group “Religious Knowledge in pre-modern Europe (800-1800) – Transfers and transformations – Ways to Modern Knowledge Society”
12 positions for Doctoral Candidates
Fields considered will be Theology (Church History, Liturgical Studies), History (Mediaeval and Early Modern), History of Art, German Language and literature studies, Scandinavian Studies, Medieval Archaeology, Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies or any related subject.
primary (English):
Closing date: 12 December 2016

[posted 5 November 2016]
University of Copenhagen
PhD stipends in mathematics
including stochastic/statistical analysis of ancient genomics data
Closing date: 11 December 2016

[posted 26 October 2016]
Newcastle University
school of Mathematics and Statistics
PhD studentships in Applied Mathematics
including Mathematical Biology and Archaeology
primary: =
Closing date: 9 December 2016

[posted 26 October 2016]
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
for master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology, and all other science, engineering, social science, and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas, and particularly encourages women and members of minority groups to apply.
Closing date: 9 December 2016

[posted 12 October 2016]
Nottingham Trent University
Up to 75 fully funded PhD studentships
Closing date: 9 December 2016

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