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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)


Closing date (in descending order)

NEXT [re-posted 2 February 2019]
The American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR)
Closing date: 1 February 2020? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 February 2019]
European University Institute
Ph.D. Scholarships
in: Economics; History and Civilization; Law; Political and Social Sciences
Closing date: 31 January 2020? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 February 2019]
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 2020 (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 6 November 2018]
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 2019 (annual = first Monday of November)

NEXT [re-posted 1 November 2018]
Ecole française d’Athènes
Bourses = Research Fellowships
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. = Candidates must be enrolled in doctoral studies and be carrying out research that requires them to spend time in Greece, and which is related to one of the following fields: Aegean prehistory and protohistory, the ancient Greek world, and in some cases the Balkan, medieval, modern and contemporary Greek world.
primary: =
Closing date: 20 October 2019? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 March 2019]
Scuola Normale Superiore
positions in PhD courses
Closing date: 29 August 2019

[posted 19 March 2019]
University of Greenwich
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MPhil/PhD Scholarship: History Research Group
Closing date: 20 May 2019

NEW [posted 23 March 2019]
University of Münster
Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation“
up to three PhD Positions
connecting to the research field of “transcultural entanglement and disentanglement” (preferentially with a focus on the regions of the Atlantic or Indian Oceans). Disciplines involved include history, political science, sociology, Catholic and Protestant theology, law, Islamic studies and theology, Jewish studies, Egyptology, classical and early Christian archaeology, philosophy, philology, art history, and ethnology.
Closing date: 19 May 2019

[posted 26 February 2019]
Università degli Studi di Torino
PhD “Technology Driven Sciences: Technologies for Cultural Heritage (Tech4Culture)”
new doctoral programme in “Heritage Sciences”
Second Call for Applications to the Tech4Culture PhD Programme offers up to 10 fellowships for transnational incoming early stage researchers.
Closing date: 7 May 2019

[posted 19 March 2019]
University of Basel
eikones Graduate School at the Center for the Theory and History of the Image
5 PhD Fellowships
In the fields of history, art history, musicology, philosophy, German literature, architectural history, English, media studies, and Egyptology.
Closing date: 6 May 2019

[posted 27 February 2019]
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Research Training Group 1876 “Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged”
6 doctoral positions
The Research Training Group is directed by scholars from the fields of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Pre- and Protohistorical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology), Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Classics (Greek and Latin), Byzantine Studies and Medieval German Studies.
primary: &
Closing date: 1 May 2019

[posted 16 January 2019]
University of London
Institute of Historical Research
IHR Doctoral Fellowships
Closing date: 30 April 2019

[posted 7 February 2019]
University of Exeter
College of Humanities
PhD Studentship: “Public Renaissance: Urban Cultures of Public Space in Early Modern Italy” (PhD Studentship – Art History and Visual Culture)
Closing date: 29 April 2019

[posted 3 February 2019]
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
2019/20 PhD programs
32 Scholarships
two doctoral Programs that integrate scientific competences of economics, engineering, computer science, neuroscience and behavioral psychology, physics, applied mathematics, statistics, history and sciences of cultural heritage.
Closing date: 23 April 2019

[posted 16 March 2019]
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
4 PhD positions at the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies
Closing date: 17 April 2019

NEW [posted 23 March 2019]
including Archaeological, Historical and Historical-Artistic Sciences
Closing date: 16 April 2019

[posted 19 March 2019]
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz & the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in collaboration with the Humboldt University, Berlin, the Forum Transregional Studies and other partners
“4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics”
4A LAB Annual theme 2019/2020: Plants
up to two doctoral and six postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2019/2020
Closing date: 15 April 2019

[posted 3 March 2019]
Universität Weimar
Faculty VI – Institute of Urban and Regional Planning/ Heritage Conservation/
DFG Research Training Group 2227 “Identity and Heritage”
12 positions – Research Assistant
Topics for dissertation projects include: cultural heritage and the promise of stability; participation and heritage; heritage loss, rejection, destruction of heritage; identity of locations/buildings and reconstruction; economization and tourist-oriented marketing; site management; actors of heritage and legacy; identity politics and their mediums; post-colonial thinking and identity asserrtions; spatial legacies of the Welfare State; studies on identity-based collective narratives of loss.
primary (German):
primary (German & English):
Closing date: 15 April 2019

[posted 22 December 2018]
University of Erfurt
Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-Kolleg)
“Resonant Self–World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices”
up to 4 doctoral positions for Ph.D. projects
Closing date: 15 April 2019

[posted 1 March 2019]
University of Bergen
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion
up to five PhD fellowships
Closing date: 14 April 2019

[posted 3 March 2019]
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
35th cycle (2019/2020) of the following PhD Programmes
including 11. Ancient Heritage Studies
Closing date: 10 April 2019

[posted 11 February 2019]
University of Western Australia
PhD Scholarship in Critical Heritage Studies and the Belt and Road Initiative
Closing date: 5 April 2019

[posted 7 February 2019]
University of Exeter
College of Humanities
Classics and Ancient History Leventis Doctoral Studentship
Closing date: 2 April 2019

[posted 26 February 2019]
Foundation for research and Technology Hellas (FORTH)
project ARCHERS: “Advancing Young Researchers’ Human Capital in Cutting Edge Technologies in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Tackling of Societal Challenges”
Four (4) “Stavros Niarchos Foundation – FORTH Fellowships” for Ph.D.
research opportunities to young scientists of Greek origin.
Closing date: 1 April 2019

[posted 10 February 2019]
University of Copenhagen
PhD stipends in Statistics, Mathematical Biology, and the mathematics of Insurance and Economics
including Mathematical and statistical analysis of ancient genomic data
Closing date: 1 April 2019

NEXT [re-posted 2 January 2019]
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 April 2019 (next closing dates: 1 July 2019, 1 October 2019, 1 January 2020)

[posted 23 February 2019]
Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica & Center for Spain in America (CSA)
CEEH doctoral funding
Doctoral Scholarship in Spanish Art-Historical Studies: Spanish art of the Golden Age and/or its British/European legacy up to the 19th century, Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art, Durham University
Doctoral Scholarship for the Study of Spanish Art, in memory of Rosemarie Mulcahy (1942–2012): Spanish art 1450–1750, Trinity College, Dublin
Closing date: 31 March 2019

[posted 11 February 2019]
Fondazione Lemmermann
Lemmermann Foundation Fellowship for study in Rome
to master’s students and doctoral candidates in order to support their cost of research in the classical studies and humanities. Topic of research must be related to Rome and the Roman culture of any period, from the Pre-Roman period to the present day time.
Closing date: 31 March 2019

[posted 28 February 2019]
De Montfort University
PhD scholarships
in Computing, Engineering, Media Studies, Film Studies, Arts, Design, Humanities, Health and Life Sciences and Business and Law.
Closing date: 26 March 2019

[posted 26 November 2018]
Jesus College, Cambridge
Jesus College Graduate Applicant Scholarships 2019
Closing date: 26 March 2019

Archives: [2011-2012]


Open until filled (ordered by review date)

[posted 7 December 2018]
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien
Prospective Doctoral Students
primary: &
Closing date: 1 February 2018 (or open until filled)

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