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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 23 January 2017]
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies
‘Modes of Knowing’ research project
scholarships for Australian or International PhD students &
Closing date: not specified (review of applications begins immediately)

[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?)


Closing date (in descending order)

NEXT [re-posted 2 February 2017]
The American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR)
Closing date: 1 February 2018? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 February 2017]
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 2018 (annual)

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)

NEW [posted 22 April 2017]
University of London
Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study
The Veale-Straschnov Award for Doctoral Historical Research for Mature Students
Closing date: 31 July 2017

NEXT [re-posted 2 April 2017]
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 July 2017 (next closing dates: 1 October 2017, 1 January 2018, 1 April 2018)

[posted 13 February 2017]
University of Haifa
Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH)
PhD scholarship for a project relating to the pre-modern history of the Mediterranean
supervised by a Haifa researcher from one of the following departments: History, Maritime Civilizations, Archaeology, Art History, Middle Eastern History, Israel Studies, and Jewish History.
Closing date: 1 July 2017

[posted 8 April 2017]
Universität Regensburg
DFG-Graduiertenkolleg ‘Metropolität in der Vormoderne’
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Am Graduiertenkolleg sind die Fächer Geschichte, Kunstgeschichte, Rechtsgeschichte, Wirt- schaftsgeschichte, Alte Kirchengeschichte, Patristik, Klassische Archäologie, Liturgiewissenschaft, Romanische Sprachwissenschaft, Politikwissenschaft und Englische Literaturund Kulturwissen- .
Closing date: 15 June 2017

[posted 4 March 2017]
University of Leicester
College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
International Postgraduate Research (PGR) Excellence Scholarship
Closing date: 1 June 2017

[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 March 2017]
Uppsala University
1) PhD position in History of Science
in the humanities or social sciences relevant to research in history of science.
2) 3–4 PhD positions in History of Science and Ideas
with a particular emphasis on history of science, history of medicine, intellectual history, history of education and media history
Closing date: 31 May 2017

[posted 25 March 2017]
University of Basel
eikones – Center for the Theory and History of the Image
5 PhD Fellowships
in the fields of art history, musicology, philosophy, German literature, media studies, and Egyptology
primary: &
Closing date: 22 May 2017

[posted 5 April 2017]
Karl-Franzens-University Graz
International Research Training Group (IGDK) “Resonant Self–World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices”
PhD projects in the fields of Classics, Sociology, Theology and Classical Archaeology
Closing date: 21 May 2017

[posted 11 April 2017]
a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne
8 Stipendien zur Promotionsvorbereitung = scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project
primary (English):
Fast Track scholarships
Closing date: 19 May 2017

[posted 10 April 2017]
Università degli Studi di Trento
PhD positions in the Doctoral Programme in “European Cultures. Environment, Contexts, Histories, Arts, Ideas” 33rd cycle = Scholarships: n. 7 funded by the University of Trento
Specialized curricula: Philosophy; Cultural Heritage; History
in co-operation with Institut für Archäologien, Universität Innsbruck (Austria)
Closing date: 18 May 2017

[posted 11 April 2017]
University of Winchester
PhD Doctoral Studentships
including Archaeology
Closing date: 15 May 2017

[posted 9 April 2017]
Groningen University
PhD Scholarships Culture Studies, Graduate School for the Humanities (6 positions)
Closing date: 15 May 2017

[posted 5 April 2017]
University of Exeter
project “Average – Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)”
1) PhD Funding: ERC Dual Doctoral Award
This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in France during the seventeenth century.
2) PhD Funding: ERC Dual Doctoral Award
This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in Genoa between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
3) PhD Funding: ERC Dual Doctoral Award
This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in Bruges and Antwerp between the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries.
4) ERC Dual Doctoral Award
This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in Livorno between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
Closing date: 1 May 2017

[posted 16 February 2017]
Leiden University
Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies
PhD candidate in Central Asian / Middle Eastern Studies (2 PhD’s)
Topic 1. The Turkic voice. A guidebook for rulers and a dictionary from Kashgar.
Topic 2. The outsider’s view. Ibn Arabshah in Samarkand.
Closing date: 30 April 2017

[posted 1 April 2017]
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck School of Arts
Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Renaissance Studies
in one or more than one of the constituent disciplines of Renaissance Studies (ca. 1400-1670); within the fields of History of Art; English Literature; Drama and Theatre Studies; Intellectual History; Early Modern French Studies; Iberian and Latin American Studies and Visual Culture.
Closing date: 26 April 2017

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