postgraduate opportunities in archaeology

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PhD opportunities in archaeology

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Closing date (in descending order)

NEXT? [re-posted 2 October 2018]
PaleoWest Foundation
PaleoWest Foundation Graduate Scholarship
Closing date (annual?): 1 October 2019?

[posted 14 January 2019]
Initial Training Network project entitled Cultural Heritage Analysis for New Generations – CHANGE
15 Early Stage Researcher (Early Stage Researcher) [mostly deadline 15 February 2019; see below]
apart from?
Cyprus University of Technology (CUT)
“Enrichment of 3D volumetric objects with Metadata and Semantics in Cultural Heritage”
Closing date: 31 May 2019?

[posted 31 December 2018]
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Department of Archaeology
up to five 3-year funded PhD positions
The following fields are eligible: biomolecular archaeology, palaeoproteomics, ZooMS, anthropogenic extinctions, environmental change, archaeobotany, Palaeolithic archaeology, and geoarchaeology.
Closing date: 31 May 2019

NEW [posted 17 February 2019]
«Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Interface between Religious Systems and Human Agency» (MAP)
Doctoral Position with a PhD project
in the field of History of Ancient Religions. The project will deal with a significant corpus of inscriptions coming from the Greek colonies founded in the East, between Syria and the Indus, and providing evidence on the presence of Greek and non Greek gods.
Closing date: 30 April 2019

NEW [posted 16 February 2019]
European Training Network TERRANOVA (H2020 ITN)
15 PhD fellows will collaborate to increase long-term understanding of landscape histories and land use strategies in Europe.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
This PhD will investigate detailed archaeological reconstructions and analyses of human occupation history, settlement patterns and land use systems of prehistoric and early historic societies, located in parts of Spain and Portugal.
The main objective of this ESR project is to provide a better understanding of the landscape settings during the Energy Regimes 1 & 2 of the TerraNova ITN in the pre-industrial period (early to mid-Holocene) and provide other collaborators of the project with a digital Atlas of land-cover change throughout the selected time periods.
Closing date: 15 April 2019

[posted 5 February 2019]
Polish Academy of Sciences
Institute of Geological Sciences
“Models of sedimentation and post-sedimentary transformations of the Quaternary clastic sediments at selected archaeological cave sites in Central Asia”
Closing date: 4 April 2019

NEW [posted 15 February 2019]
project “Population dynamics and cultural adaptations of the last Neandertals and first Modern humans in inland Iberia: a multi-proxy investigation” (MULTIPALEOIBERIA)
1 PhD position in Palaeolithic Lithic analysis
Closing date: 1 April 2019

NEW [posted 13 February 2019]
HERILAND (Cultural HERItage and the planning of European LANDscapes) project
15 PhD positions
Newcastle University
History, Classics and Archaeology
1) MSCA ITN Early Stage Researcher: “Making connections”
as part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network on ‘Cultural Heritage and the Planning of European Landscapes (HERILAND)’.
2) MSCA ITN Early Stage Researcher: “Heritage for Growth”
as part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network on ‘Cultural Heritage and the Planning of European Landscapes (HERILAND)’.
NEW [posted 16 February 2019]
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Your aim will be to develop a critical, comparative analysis of the ways in which heritage landscapes are protected, appropriated and used throughout Europe.
You will develop a cross-European, comparative study on innovative governance systems for heritage planning.
TU Delft
PhD Heritage zoning and population dynamics
PhD Inclusive Heritage Management Processes
NEW [posted 17 February 2019]
Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Dipartimento di Architettura
Position A: Urban Heritage and Mass Tourism
Position B: Urban regeneration and Cultural Identity
primary: &
University of Gothenburg
Doctoral Student in Conservation: “Heritage development in large scale infrastructural project – a collaborative and trans-disciplinary approach”
Doctoral Student in Conservation: “Heritage in Economic Growth and Social Renewal”
Closing date: 1 April 2019

[posted 20 January 2019]
TU Dresden
Institut fuer Klassische Philologie
einem dieser drei Felder zuordnen lassen: Konzepte und Strukturen von Ehre in der Gesellschaft des antiken Griechenlands/Roms ; historische Emotionsforschung am Beispiel des antiken Griechenlands/Roms ; Schmaehungen, Herabsetzungen, Beleidigungen in der griechischen/lateinischen Literatur
Closing date: 1 April 2019

[posted 7 December 2018]
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
Department of History, School of Histories and Humanities
Ph.D Scholarship in Medieval History
on some aspect of the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality in the Middle Ages
Closing date: 1 April 2019

[posted 3 February 2019]
University of Fribourg
project “Religious competition in Late Antiquity: A Laboratory of New Categories, Taxonomies and Methods”
2 Doctoral positions (100%) in Ancient History
(with a focus on the history of ancient religions)
Topics of the PhD dissertations
1. The first PhD dissertation will focus on the construction of the notion of “liturgy” in the Greek and Latin sources of Late Antiquity. Among the questions relevant to this topic are: How did Christian liturgy gain a new meaning in the context of religious competition between pagans, Jews, and Christian? And consequently, how did religious competition influence the construction of discourses and rituals in a given city or province of the Empire?
2. The second PhD dissertation will examine the use of religious classifications in the writings of Late antique historians (in particular Eusebius of Caesarea, Ammianus Marcellinus, Sozomen, Theodoretus of Cyrus, Socrates of Constantinople, Zosimus). The aim is to clarify how these authors developed classifications for religious practises in the Roman world.
Closing date: 24 March 2019

NEW [posted 17 February 2019]
University of Copenhagen
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre
PhD in Population Genomics
it would be optimal if the candidate has previous experience working with genomic data from ancient and modern humans along with experience in generating data from ancient samples.
Closing date: 21 March 2019

NEW [posted 17 February 2019]
University of Iceland
project ‘Emotion and the Medieval Self in Northern Europe’
PhD scholarship
Closing date: 15 March 2019

[posted 18 January 2019]
Universität Basel
Doktoratsprogramm Altertumswissenschaften = Department of Ancient Civilizations
1 Startstipendium = PhD scholarship =
primary: [German] & [English]
Closing date: 14 March 2019

NEW [posted 13 February 2019]
University of Copenhagen
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
1) PhD fellowship in human population and quantitative genetics
Inferring patterns of natural selection and complex trait evolution using ancient DNA. Research topics can include: 1) Utilizing trait-association data from metabolic, neurological and anthropometric studies to learn about the evolution of complex traits in ancient genomes from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age; 2) Developing methods to detect genes under positive selection when working with multiple populations related to each other in complex ways; 3) Searching for functional variants that were positively selected in humans over time during major cultural transitions, like the advent of agriculture; 4) Testing among different models of evolution on trait-associated variants over time.
2) PhD fellowship in population genetics and human evolution
We are particularly interested in ancient human evolution, and in modeling the joint history of Neanderthals, Denisovans and modern humans over time. Research topics can include: 1) Modeling spatio-temporal patterns of Neanderthal and Denisovan introgression across the world; 2) Characterizing adaptively important genes introduced into the human gene pool via archaic adaptive introgression, and their implications for the prevalence of diseases in ancient and modern times; 3) Searching for signals of admixture from unsampled deeply-splitting populations in the genomes of modern and archaic hominins.
Closing date: 13 March 2019

[posted 8 February 2019]
KU Leuven
Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the Greek department
Doctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Literature
on a project on the political application of biblical exegesis at the Byzantine court of the ninth to eleventh centuries.
Closing date: 10 March 2019

NEW [posted 17 February 2019]
ITN “SeaChanges: Thresholds in human exploitation of marine vertebrates”
15 fully-funded PhD studentships
ESR 1: Using ancient DNA to discover the legacy of historic Atlantic cod exploitation (Oslo)
ESR 2: Noise into signal: identification challenges and the medieval fishing revolution (Cambridge)
ESR 3: Tracing the early origins the Atlantic herring trade using ancient DNA (Oslo)
ESR 4: Flatfish and the origins of European Marine fishing (York)
ESR 5: Tracking the decline of salmon in the North Sea basin (York)
ESR 6: Sedimentary fish archives and diadromous taxa (Copenhagen)
ESR 7: Impacts of industrial whaling: scale, ecological and evolutionary legacies (Groningen)
ESR 8: Exploitation of Atlantic walruses by European whalers, c. AD 1600 to 1900 (Groningen)
ESR 9 : Scrimshaw: unlocking the cultural and biological archive of sea mammal art (Cambridge)
ESR 10: Hindcasting to forecast: archaeobiology of the European hake fisheries (CSIC-Vigo)
ESR 11: Current and historical threats to dolphins in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean (CSIC-Vigo)
ESR 12: Exploring the correlations between environmental/ecological drivers and past/contemporary genetic diversity of Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna populations (Bologna)
ESR 13: Foraging ecology and catch size in Mediterranean groupers before and after the rise of coastal urbanism, c. 2500 BC – AD 500 (Groningen)
ESR 14: Green sea turtle population dynamics and foraging ecology in the ancient Mediterranean (Groningen)
ESR 15: Exploitation and collapse of the Black Sea marine fauna (Copenhagen)
Closing date: 8 March 2019

NEW [posted 15 February 2019]
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI)
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
 im Bereich der übergeordneten Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, im Besonderen der Redaktion der Online-Berichtsmedien durch redaktionelle Bearbeitung der Berichte; in Archäologie oder Altertumswissenschaften
Closing date: 8 March 2019

[posted 31 December 2018]
UCD School of Archaeology
PhD Scholarship in Medieval Archaeology
Closing date: 1 March 2019

[posted 9 December 2018]
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Department of Archaeology
PhD position on Olduvai Gorge
in, Human Evolutionary Studies, Palaeolithic Archaeology, and Lithic Technology
Closing date: 1 March 2019 (or open until filled)

[posted 3 August 2018]
St Cross College (Oxford)
Graduate Scholarship in Archaeology
Closing date: 1 March 2019

[posted 9 January 2019]
University of Stavanger
Museum of Archaeology
research cluster (Biological Environmental and Archaeological inter-disciplinary research on life-course, Material and materiality in human depositions)
research fellowship in archaeometry and/or conservation science
Materials and themes from the Medieval Period are particularly relevant.
Closing date: 28 February 2019

[posted 7 February 2019]
University of Vienna
Department of Ancient History, Papyrology and Epigraphy
university assistant (prae doc)
with specialization in “Etruscology and Pre-Roman Italy Studies”
Closing date: 26 February 2019

[posted 25 January 2019]
University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
PhD Studentship: “Mosslands in Early Modern Lancashire: Carbon, Community and Conservation, 1500-1800”
Closing date: 25 February 2019

[posted 4 January 2019]
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities
2 PhD scholarships
within the subject areas of Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin and History
Closing date: 25 February 2019

[posted 12 January 2019]
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Heritage Research Centre and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
project ‘Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact’
PhD Studentship in Heritage Studies
Closing date: 24 February 2019

[posted 23 January 2019]
University of Aberdeen
“Why you aren’t always what you eat: Exploring the influence of dietary macro-nutrient composition on diet-tissue 15N-enrichment and the implications for palaeodietary reconstruction”
This inter-disciplinary studentship will undertake primary research into the impact of dietary macro-nutrient composition on diet-tissue enrichment, including the collating and re-evaluating of data from the archaeological and clinical/ecological literature, and the generation of new experimental data from controlled feeding experiments.
Closing date: 22 February 2019

[posted 5 December 2018]
University of Cambridge
project “ENCOUNTER: Demography, Cultural change, and the Diffusion of Rice and Millet during the Jomon-Yayoi transition in prehistoric Japan”
PhD Studentship
analyse pollen records to reconstruct vegetation and land-cover change in the Japanese archipelago during the Jomon and Yayoi periods and explore its relation to subsistence and demographic changes.
Closing date: 22 February 2019

[posted 6 February 2019]
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI)
Abteilung Kairo
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
im Bereich der wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeit an epigraphischen Publikations-, Zeichen- und Datenbankarbeiten für das Projekt „Medienuniversum Aswan“.
Closing date: 19 February 2019

[posted 8 February 2019]
University of Neuchâtel (UniNE)
PhD Position in Analytical Chemistry/ Conservation Science
to work in developing and optimizing alternative green treatments for the preservation of metallic heritage at the interface of analytical chemistry and art conservation.
Closing date: 18 February 2019

[posted 8 February 2019]
Södertörn University
Baltic and Eastern European Graduate School (BEEGS)
research area of Historical studies
Doctoral studentship in Archaeology
Closing date: 18 February 2019

[posted 25 January 2019]
Manchester Metropolitan University
PhD Scholarship: “Rethinking the Country House Garden, 1750-1850: Creation and Consumption”
collaborative project between Manchester Met and English Heritage focusing on the Georgian gardens at two important houses managed by English Heritage
Closing date: 18 February 2019

[posted 19 January 2019]
Ulster University
Funded PhD Opportunity “Surfaces, places, messages: constructing place and identity through urban mark-making”;1d80ea49.1901
Closing date: 18 February 2019

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