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

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 1 April 2022]
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 March 2023? (annual) (originally January deadline)

NEXT [re-posted 1 April 2022]
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 March 2023?

NEXT [re-posted 2 October 2022]
Aarhus University
PhD scholarships/fellowships
Closing date: 15 March 2023 (next closing date: 1 October 2023)

NEXT [re-posted 2 February 2022]
German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien
Prospective Doctoral Researchers
It analyses political, social, and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and links this knowledge to questions of global significance. It combines region-specific analysis with innovative comparative research on accountability and participation, globalisation and development, peace and security, and global order and foreign policies.
Closing date: 1 February 2023? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 2 February 2022]
Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture
Closing date: 1 February 2023? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 2 February 2022]
The American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR)
Closing date: 1 February 2023? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 February 2022]
European University Institute
Ph.D. Scholarships
in: Economics; History and Civilization; Law; Political and Social Sciences
Closing date: 31 January 2023? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 2 October 2022]
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 2023 (next closing dates: 1 April 2023, 1 July 2023, 1 October 2023)

NEXT [posted 16 January 2022]
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Closing date (annual): 15 January 2023?

NEW [posted 5 October 2022]
University of Kent
CHASE DTP2: Arts & Humanities Studentships
Closing date: 4 December 2022

NEW [posted 5 October 2022]
Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS)
Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The call is only open to applicants who do not have German citizenship.
2 Scholarships for Doctoral Studies Doctoral Program: Ancient Languages and Texts
2 Scholarships for Doctoral Studies Doctoral Program: Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science
2 Scholarships for Doctoral Studies Doctoral Program: Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road
Closing date: 1 December 2022

[posted 15 September 2022]
Universität Basel
Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH)
Bourses de début de thèse = Startstipendien
primary: =
Closing date: 15 November 2022

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)

[posted 17 September 2022]
Getty Conservation Institute
2023-2024 Getty Graduate Internship program
Closing date: 1 November 2022

NEW [posted 3 October 2022]
University of Oulu
Doctoral researcher, Biodiverse Anthropocenes Research Programme
in archaeology, heritage studies, cultural geography, anthropology, architecture, landscape architecture, or related field in humanities and social sciences
Closing date: 31 October 2022

[posted 27 July 2022]
Cardiff University In partnership with the Heritage and Cultural Exchange
PhD scholarship with 1-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Black histories of South Wales
Closing date: 31 October 2022

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)

[posted 6 July 2022]
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Chair of Conservation-Restoration, Art Technology and Conservation Science
Open Ph.D. Position
in chemistry, physics, material science, conservation science, related disciplines
Closing date: 30 October 2022

[posted 7 September 2022]
University College Dublin
School of History
PhD studentship
Closing date: 28 October 2022

[posted 10 September 2022]
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Research Training Group 2190 »Literatur- und Wissensgeschichte kleiner Formen« (»The Literary and Epistemic History of Small Forms«)
12 Doctoral Positions
The Research Training Group analyzes small forms from a literary perspective and with regard to the history of knowledge, from antiquity to the present, and investigates their functions in different fields of praxis: literature, science, and popular culture.
Closing date: 19 October 2022

[posted 18 September 2022]
University of Oulu
project “Archiving the Planet: Material Infrastructures and Ecologies of Storage in the High North”
Two Doctoral Researcher positions for anthropology, history or archaeology
Closing date: 16 October 2022

[posted 1 August 2022]
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
ACU Stipend Scholarship Opportunities
Closing date: 16 October 2022

[posted 23 September 2022]
CHAIA – Centre for Art History and Artistic Research
4 FCT PhD Research Scholarships
including PhD Programme in Archaeology (University of Évora) – 1 grant
Closing date: 14 October 2022

NEW [posted 3 October 2022]
Università della Calabria
PhD courses – XXXVIII cycle, academic year 2022/2023
Closing date: 12 October 2022

NEW [posted 3 October 2022]
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Diploma/Master) or University Assistant (Doctorate/Ph.D.)
on roman law
Closing date: 12 October 2022

NEW [posted 3 October 2022]
Universidade de Aveiro
project “Portuguese municipal charters in the Middle Ages: an historical and linguistic approach in the digital era”
Research Grant
Closing date: 7 October 2022

[posted 23 September 2022]
University of Oxford
Project “Application of computational approaches in addressing problematic terminology within V&A Museum catalogues”
PhD Studentship: Research Studentship in Digital Humanities
Closing date: 7 October 2022

Archives: [2020-2022] [2011-2012]


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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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