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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)

ANNOUNCEMENT [posted 21 October 2020]
McMaster University
PhD program in Biological Anthropology
It is anticipated the Shelley Saunders/Koloshuk Family Scholarship will be available again in 2021
Closing date: not specified (posted 14 October 2020)


Closing date (in descending order)

NEXT [re-posted 9 June 2020]
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 (annual): 31 May 2022?

NEXT [re-posted 2 February 2021]
The American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR)
Closing date: 1 February 2022? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 February 2021]
European University Institute
Ph.D. Scholarships
in: Economics; History and Civilization; Law; Political and Social Sciences
Closing date: 31 January 2022? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 February 2021]
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 2022 (annual)

NEXT [posted 16 January 2021]
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Closing date (annual): 15 January 2022?

NEXT [re-posted 2 November 2020]
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: early November 2021 (annual = first Monday of November)

NEXT? [re-posted 1 November 2020]
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: 31 October 2021? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 16 March 2021]
Aarhus University
PhD scholarships/fellowships
Closing date: 1 October 2021 (next closing date: 15 March 2022)

[posted 8 June 2021]
University of Groningen
project “Salvage Crops, ‘Savage’ People: A comparative anthropological and archaeobotanical investigation of Millet Assemblages in India”
The two ethnographic sub-projects (each carried out by a PhD researcher) will involve long-term fieldwork among two Adivasi communities of Odisha that employ different traditional cultivation systems.
primary: =
Closing date: 5 August 2021

[posted 6 June 2021]
University of Molise
PhD Course in Ecology and Territory – Cycle 37
Closing date: 15 July 2021

[posted 9 June 2021]
Dottorato di ricerca 37°ciclo – a.a. 2021-2022
HUMANITIES (7 positions?)
Closing date: 8 July 2021

[posted 8 May 2021]
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Br.
Research Training Group 2571 “Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality and Post-Imperial Orders”
4 PhD Positions
comprising the historical disciplines of Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary, Eastern European and Eastern Asian History and the disciplines of Sociology, Political Science, Romance Studies and English Literary Studies
primary (English):
Closing date: 7 July 2021

NEW [posted 19 June 2021]
University of Southern Denmark
PhD Fellowship at the Department for the Study of Culture
There is a particular interest in projects on, for example, dissemination of culture, manuscript development, cultural heritage, cultural politics, user involvement or within cultural analytical and/or media science approaches to the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as climate change, inequality, gender and/or health.
Closing date: 1 July 2021

[posted 4 June 2021]
Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (Portugal)
30 (thirty) research fellowships = Doctoral Fellowships in Cultural Heritage
in anthropology, archaeology, architecture and landscaping, earth sciences, documentary sciences, exact sciences applied to conservation and restoration, conservation and restoration, design, engineering, history, art history, museum studies, information technologies, or other scientific areas contributing to the study, safeguard, management and enhancement of the country’s immovable, moveable and intangible cultural heritage
Closing date: 1 July 2021

[posted 3 June 2021]
Università degli Studi di Sassari
Dottorato di ricerca – XXXVII Ciclo
Archaeology, History and Human Sciences (7 positions)
Closing date: 1 July 2021

[posted 21 May 2021]
Scuola Superiore Meridionale
PhD in Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology and Cultures. Historical Research, Preservation, Cultural Heritage Management and Use
Closing date: 1 July 2021

NEXT [re-posted 2 April 2021]
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 2021 (next closing dates: 1 October 2021, 1 January 2022, 1 April 2022)

[posted 8 June 2021]
University of the West of Scotland
Vice Chancellor’s Studentships 2021
including PROJECT 7 : “Neutron activation analysis for heritage science”
The successful candidate will investigate the role of nuclear data in emerging isotopic analyses of benefit to heritage science.
Closing date: 30 June 2021

[posted 6 June 2021]
Università degli Studi della Campania
Architecture, Design and Cultural Heritage
Closing date: 30 June 2021

[posted 6 May 2021]
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
PhD 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: 30 June 2021

[posted 6 June 2021]
Università degli Studi di Pavia
XXXVII cycle (a. y. 2021/2022) =
Closing date: 24 June 2021

[posted 11 June 2021]
De Montfort University
Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities
3 PhD Scholarships
including Project 3: Distilling the Photographic Mass: Photography and Digital Heritage at the National Trust
Closing date: 21 June 2021

[posted 14 May 2021]
University of Edinburgh – The British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (BSECS)
School of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA) and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA)
BSECS Edinburgh PhD Scholarship in Enlightenment Identities
for the PhD in History or PhD in History of Art, and we welcome applications with cross-disciplinary research proposals. We are particularly interested in approaches to identity that address histories of race, ethnicity, and sexuality during the long eighteenth century.
Closing date: 21 June 2021

[posted 14 May 2021]
Università degli Studi di Salerno
PHD Courses – XXXVII Cycle
including 13. Research and studies on the antiquity, the middle ages and the humanism, Salerno (RAMUS)
14. Methods and methodologies in the archaeological and art historical research
Closing date: 16 June 2021

[posted 19 May 2021]
University of Genova
CLOE Doctoral programme – “Training to complexity: multidisciplinary approaches to rural and mountain sustainable development and conservation”
7 positions
The positions are available on Environmental Engineering (1), Philosophy of law (2); Environmental economy (3); Political philosophy (4); Biodiversity & botany (5); Sociology & migrations (6); Rural and environmental history and archaeology (7)
7) Rural and environmental history and archaeology PhD course in: HISTORY, HISTORY OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY Curriculum: ARCHAEOLOGY Research Theme 1: History and archaeology of collective domains and commons, present past and future. Research Theme 2: Heritage and heritagisation processes and territorial policies (18th-21th c.).
Closing date: 15 June 2021

Archives: [2020-2021] [2011-2012]


Open until filled (ordered by review date)

[posted 8 May 2021]
University of Zurich
Department of Comparative Language Science & Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language Evolution (ISLE)
project ‘The evolution of metaphors in ontogeny and phylogeny’
2 PhD positions
including Position 2: “Focus on the evolution of metaphors and colexifications in the history of Indo-European”
Closing date: open until filled (review of applications will begin 1 June 2021)

4 responses to “PhD programmes

  1. Haymanot Getahun July 25, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Hello, Im Haymanot Getahun from Ethiopia, I have BA degree in history and heritage management and also I have MA degree in Archaeology and heritage managemen know im intersted to do my phD in related fildes please how can i get a chance?

    • Erik van Rossenberg July 26, 2020 at 6:13 am

      Hi, If you are not applying for a PhD position that is predefined (topic), you will have to start and figure out three things: 1) what: Which is the topic of the research I want to spend three or four years on / what new skills do I want to learn; 2) where: What is the best place to work on this topic / learn the new skill?; 3) how: Can I get funding for the PhD programme? If you are lucky, the answers to this threefold question sent you in one direction. In summary: you should have a plan as a starting point and work from there, figuring out what you have change from the original plan to get in a position. (Not to mention: manage your expectations, disappointment is unavoidable, and it’s about privileged positions, so it’s not always fair.)

    • Valy March 4, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Hi, check this website for more opportunities. There’s a specific program for PhD students from sub-saharan countries.

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