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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 26 October 2021]
University of Edinburgh
2022 PhD Studentships in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Closing date: several deadlines? (advert @ expires 17 December 2021)

[posted 8 September 2021]
University of Haifa
Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH)
Visiting PhD Scholarship
Closing date: upon submission

[posted 27 August 2021]
Techne consortium [Royal Holloway University of London, University of Brighton, Kingston University, University of Roehampton, University of Surrey, University of the Arts London, Brunel University, Loughborough University London and the University of Westminster]
Techne Studentships
University of Brighton [deadline: 3 January 2022]
Brunel University London [deadline (expressions of interest): 17 December 2021]
University of Roehampton [deadline (expressions of interest): 3 December 2021]
Closing date: not specified (posted 27 August 2021)

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 2 November 2021]
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 2022 (annual = first Monday of November)

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

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 October 2022]
Aarhus University
PhD scholarships/fellowships
Closing date: 15 March 2022? (next closing date: 1 October 2022)

NEW [posted 1 December 2021]
ETH Zürich
Doktorandenstipendium für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur (2 Stellen)
in allen Bereichen der Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur und des Städtebaus, ausserdem begrüssen wir innovative Vorschläge über Methoden, Regionen und Zeiträumen hinweg.
Closing date: 15 February 2022

[posted 19 November 2021]
Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture
Closing date: 1 February 2022 (annual)

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

NEW [posted 27 November 2021]
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
International Max Planck Research School “Knowledge and Its Resources: Historical Reciprocities” (IMPRS-KIR)
The IMPRS-KIR will trace the deep entanglements of knowledge and its resources from a long-term and global perspective. Key to its agenda is a “historical-political epistemology” that highlights how knowledge is shaped historically by a great variety of resources—political systems, technological infrastructures, social interaction, material objects and media technologies.
Closing date: 31 January 2022

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)

[posted 10 October 2021]
Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership
Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and University of Warwick
ESRC PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences
Closing date: 18 January 2022

NEW [posted 1 December 2021]
University of Oslo
“Maritime Modernities: Formats of Oceanic Knowledge”
Doctoral Research Fellow in History of Ideas / History of Knowledge
The project investigates the history of knowledge and environmental awareness in, around and beyond the Atlantic Ocean, from the expansion of human activities at sea in the seventeenth century to contemporary initiatives
Closing date: 17 January 2022

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

[posted 20 October 2021]
De Montfort University, the University of Leicester, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University
Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
De Montfort University [internal deadline 3 December 2021]
Closing date: 12 January 2022

[posted 24 November 2021]
Getty Conservation Institute
2022-2023 Getty Graduate Internship program
Closing date: 10 January 2022

[posted 5 October 2021]
University of Cambridge
Cambridge C-CLEAR NERC DTP PhD Studentships
BC329: The process and evolutionary impacts of admixture in the hominin clade
SE313: Probing human prehistory with a new Pleistocene tephrostratigraphy of Ethiopia
Closing date: 5 January 2022

NEW [posted 1 December 2021]
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Graduiertenkolleg 2304 „Byzanz und die euromediterranen Kriegskulturen. Austausch, Abgrenzung und Rezeption“
6 Stellen als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/innen (m/w/d) zur Promotion
Am GRK sind die Fächer Alte Geschichte, Alte Kirchengeschichte/Theologie, Byzantinistik, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Osteuropäische Geschichte, Frühneuzeitliche Kirchengeschichte, Klassische Archäologie, Christliche Archäologie und Byzantinische Kunstgeschichte, Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie (Schwerpunkt Mittelalterarchäologie) und Musikwissenschaft beteiligt.
Closing date: 3 January 2022

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

[posted 4 November 2021]
London School of Economics and Political Science
LSE PhD Studentships
Closing date: 17 December 2021 & 14 January 2022 & 28 April 2022

[posted 25 October 2021]
University of Stirling
Internal Stirling Deadline for both PhD application and the draft AHRC application
Closing date: 10 December 2021

[posted 20 November 2021]
Ghent University
in the field of socioeconomic history of the Early Modern period
Closing date: 7 December 2021

[posted 28 October 2021]
University of Glasgow
AHRC PhD Studentships 2022
Closing date: 6 December 2021

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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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