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PhD opportunities in archaeology

Closing date not specified (ordered by post date)

[posted 13 November 2021]
Technische Universität München
Extraordinariat für Geomorphologie und Bodenkunde
project DORACLE – “Development of River-, Agricultural-, and City Landscapes on the European Lifeline Danube at Straubing/Sorviodurum”
Scientific Assistant or PhD student
responsible for geoarchaeological investigations
Closing date: not specified (posted 10 November 2021)

[posted 22 October 2021]
ETH Zurich
Chair of Building Archaeology and Construction History
PhD positions
research project on medieval stone arch bridges.
Closing date: not specified (posted 21 October 2021)

Closing date (in descending order)

NEXT [re-posted 2 October 2021]
PaleoWest Foundation
PaleoWest Foundation Graduate Scholarship
Closing date (annual): 1 October 2022?

NEXT [re-posted 31 October 2021]
Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt Stiftungsfonds der Gesellschaft der Freunde des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts – Theodor Wiegand Gesellschaft – e.V.
aus dem Bereich der historischen Bauforschung. Gefördert wird der Abschluss von Arbeiten, deren empirischer Kern mit den Methoden der archäologischen Bauforschung (Bauaufnahme, detaillierte Bauuntersuchung) erarbeitet wurde.
Closing date: 30 April 2022 (next closing date: 30 October 2022)

[posted 3 November 2021]
Cyprus Institute (CyI)
project “Training the next generation of archaeological scientists: Interdisciplinary studies of pre-modern Plasters and Ceramics from the eastern Mediterranean” (PlaCe-ITN)
short-term Early-Stage Research fellowships
designed for Researchers that are already doctoral students at other institutions and seek to receive training and develop their analytical skills in the interdisciplinary study of archaeological plasters and ceramics
Closing date: 26 April 2022

[posted 13 October 2021]
OIKOS Anchoring Innovation
Ten PhD opportunities
1. Anchoring Coins: Reframing the Coin Introduction of Ptolemaic Dynasty [Leiden University]
2. Anchoring Early Christian Identity [Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam]
3. Anchoring Empire and the World of Ancient Judaism [University of Groningen]
4. Anchoring Empire in the Greek World [University of Groningen]
5. Anchoring Global Diversity: Mediterranean Material Culture in Central Asia [Leiden University; deadline: 6 November 2021]
6. Ancient Anchors and New Media: Valuing Antiquity in 20th- and 21st-Century Culture [Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen]
7. (also PD) Egyptian Priests and the Anchoring of Greek Kings: Reframing Greek Honour in Ptolemaic Egypt [Leiden University]
8. Hellenism in the Roman Late Republic and the Augustan Period – Project 1: Anchoring through Translation in Literary and Material Culture [Leiden University]
9. Hellenism in the Roman Late Republic and the Augustan Period – Project 2: Anchoring through Translation in Literary and Material Culture [Leiden University]
10. Innovation, Progress and the Role of Nature [Leiden University]
Closing date: 23 April 2022

NEW [posted 1 December 2021]
Institute for Molecular Biology gGmbH
DFG Research Training Group 2526 “GenEvo”
PhD position (Gene Regulation & Evolution): “Investigating the recent evolution of human life history” (f/m/d)
Closing date: 20 January 2022

NEW [posted 1 December 2021]
University of Tübingen
Archaeo and Palaeoproteomics Junior Research Group
Two PhD Positions in Palaeoproteomics and Archaeological Science
PhD Position 1 The first PhD candidate will focus on the Mousterian aged bone assemblages of the UNESCO world heritage cave sites in the Swabian Jura
PhD Position 2 The second PhD candidate will focus on the Aurignacian aged bone assemblages of the UNESCO world heritage cave sites in the Swabian Jura
Closing date: 15 January 2022

[posted 30 October 2021]
University of Liverpool
“Hindcasting faunal distributions in the Holocene to understand interactions between ancient societies, biodiversity and climate”
Focusing on an area within the wider North African/Middle Eastern region, you will combine data from the archaeological and paleontological records with ecological models to investigate drivers of animal population trends and subsistence change in prehistoric/ancient societies, with the option also to explore links to historical events.
Closing date: 14 January 2022

[posted 23 October 2021]
University of York
BioArCh research facility
“Developing rapid and low-cost mass spectrometry-based identification of biological sex in fossils”
Preserving in enamel, the protein amelogenin in humans occurs as an x- or y-isoform (from genes located on the x and y chromosome), enabling the identification of biological sex in fossil teeth, and therefore has vast potential for examining sex-based population patterns. =
Closing date: 14 January 2022

[posted 23 October 2021]
University of Leicester
Collaborative Doctoral research project with the British Museum “Reconstructing Regional Identities in Britain 1st BCE-4th CE through Metal Artefacts: The case of the Cornovii”
Closing date: 12 January 2022

[posted 18 October 2021]
University of Plymouth
Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
“African Humid Period floods on the Sahara Desert margins”
geomorphological records with significant but unrealised large spatial and long temporal potential to inform on climate change sensitive drylands; areas of early human occupation (archaeology) and modern population pressures (flood hazard).
Closing date: 12 January 2022

[posted 3 November 2021]
Open University
“Imagining Asia at Ham House”
“Welshness in the museum: Representing the past in Wales’ National Museums, c.1900-1975”
Closing date: 11 January 2022

[posted 16 October 2021]
University of Exeter
“Assessing bio-cultural impacts on British biodiversity, AD 0 -1000”
Undertaking zooarchaeological and stable isotope analysis
[posted 25 November 2021]
project ‘SEACHANGE: Quantifying the impact of major cultural transitions on marine ecosystem functioning and biodiversity’
PhD Studentship: “Marine Ecosystem Change Across Major Human Transitions – Chicken Or Egg? Using Models To Attribute Past Ecosystem Responses To Human And Natural Drivers”
Within the wider SEACHANGE project, exciting new archaeological, paleoenvironmental and ecosystem data will be collected, and we want to work with you to develop and test hypotheses to explain the transitions that these data reveal.
Closing date: 10 January 2022

NEW [posted 27 November 2021]
University of Leicester
“Novel approaches in petrography: Big data and automated intelligence”
Work with a ground-breaking new instrument to modernise traditional petrographic techniques in geology and archaeology
Closing date: 7 January 2022

[posted 13 November 2021]
University of Edinburgh
“Medieval Icelandic farm abandonment, climate models and volcanic-induced climate change”
Closing date: 6 January 2022

[posted 3 November 2021]
University of Cambridge
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD studentship for “Writing technologies in transition: legal and literary material practices in late medieval England”
Closing date: 6 January 2022

[posted 6 November 2021]
University of Leeds
“Novel landscape-response models to plan for rising sea levels: using submerged environmental records to inform coastal decision making”
Reconstructing and dating the timing of palaeoenvironmental change in the southern North Sea using cores from offshore of Norfolk, the Thames and the Dogger Bank.
NEW [posted 27 November 2021]
“Climate, water and society in arid regions: from ancient civilizations to the Anthropocene”
Assess existing climate model simulations in relation to hydrological and societal changes over the last 6000 years in the arid regions of North Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. etc.
Closing date: 5 January 2022

NEW [posted 29 November 2021]
University of Cambridge
project “MOBILE: Movement networks and genetic evolution among tropical hunter-gatherers of island Southeast Asia”
MOBILE (Anthropological genetics and microbiome analysis) PhD Studentship
genetic and movement network analysis to investigate the impact of mobility on human genetic diversity, and of contact on microbiome diversity.
Closing date: 4 January 2022

[posted 25 November 2021]
Université de Bordeaux / University of Bordeaux
GPR (Grand Programme de Recherche) ‘Human Past’
PhD Fellowship in Archaeoentomology
The PhD candidate will investigate insect remains to reconstruct local paleoenvironments and characterize the impact of human activities on the dynamics of terrestrial biodiversity.
NEW [posted 28 November 2021]
PhD Fellowship in Biological Anthropology
WP: “Interpreting hominid and hominin biological diversity” and “Environmental and socio-cultural factors affecting genetic and phenotypic variation“, respectively.
Closing date: 24 December 2021 (or open until filled)

[posted 7 November 2021]
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
PhD position.
Computantional and experimental molecular biology techniques. Plus having experience with Ancient DNA
Closing date: 22 December 2021

NEW [posted 27 November 2021]
Technische Universität Chemnitz
Professur Geschichte Europas im Mittelalter und in der Frühen Neuzeit
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
zu einem Thema der mittelalterlichen Geschichte
Closing date: 20 December 2021

READVERTISED/REUSED AD? [re-posted 10 November 2021]
University of Stavanger
Museum of Archaeology
The Department of Cultural Heritage
project «Viking beacons – Militarism in northern Europe»
PhD Fellowship in Archaeology/Late Medieval history
who will study beacons and military infrastructure in the period 500-1600 AD in northern Europe. The project can generate data through studies of e.g. archaeological and historical sources, place names, laws, and maps, to study the beacon’s social and military organisation. =
Closing date: 19 December 2021 (originally 20 October 2021?)

[posted 8 September 2021]
Texas A&M University
Ph.D. student
in bioarcheology or biological anthropology; This NSF funded project is aimed to use a comparative method to reconstruct the health and mortality profile of a prehistoric settlement and to determine the cause of the destruction of this settlement, likely a deadly infectious disease. =
Closing date: 15 December 2021

[posted 20 November 2021]
University of Bradford
“Bringing up baby: in search of novel biomarkers for obesity risk using stable isotope ratios in incremental tissues in mother/infant pairs”
in Archaeological Sciences and/or a related subject. Experience of isotopic analysis of incremental human tissues and clinical experience and knowledge of infant growth and development would be highly desirable
Closing date: 13 December 2021

[posted 20 November 2021]
University of Leicester
project ‘Body-Politics: Personhood, Sexuality and Death in Iron and Viking Age Scandinavia’
PhD Researcher (Childhood in Iron and Viking Age Scandinavia)
[posted 22 November 2021]
“Body Images in Iron and Viking Age Scandinavia”
Closing date: 10 December 2021

[posted 15 November 2021]
University of Bucharest
ICUB, ArchaeoSciences Division
Project “Mapping the Prehistoric Waterscape from Southern Romania (7000-3000 cal. BC). Natural water supply and cultural water demand in the past”.
1 PhD Researcher and 1 Master Researcher
Closing date: 9 December 2021

[posted 21 October 2021]
University of Algarve
TRANSCULTURAL – “História, Arqueologia, Antropo-biogeoquímica da população medieval em Portugal (sécs. X–XIV). Cultura, identidades e interculturalidade descodificadas pelo estudo da dieta e da mobilidade”
Scientific Research Fellowship
field archaeological experience in medieval contexts and experience in the study of archaeological materials (with a preference for medieval collections in the Algarve with archaeomalacological materials)
Closing date: 9 December 2021

[posted 23 November 2021]
Universitat de Barcelona
Junior researcher position in room acoustics applied to heritage sites
Closing date: 3 December 2021

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


Open after start of review (in descending order)

[posted 7 July 2021]
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Archaeolinguistic Research Group
PhD Position in Transeurasian Historical Comparative Linguistics
Closing date: open until filled (review of applications will begin 1 August 2021)

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

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


Open until filled (ordered by review date)

Storie & Archeostorie

Notiziario di storia, arte e archeologia (©2010-)

Open Arts Journal

Open and diverse arts scholarship

The Early History of the Codex

The Early History of the Codex

Before Shakespeare

The Beginnings of London Commercial Theatre, 1565-1595

Medieval SNA

Social Network Analysis Researchers of the Middle Ages (SNARMA)


The musings of two PhD students who look at the dead of early modern London

The Fifteenth Century Conference

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Archaeology Chester

Archaeology and Heritage at the University of Chester

Ethical Entanglements

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Peopling the Past

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Lady Liminal's Wanderings

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Festival CHAT 2020

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Preindustrial Craftsmanship

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Medieval Studies at York

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Researching Digital Cultural Heritage

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A blog about Stonehenge Replicas. We kid you not.

The Mechanism of Power

Perspectives on Balkan Archaeology: 3rd PeBA Conference in Ohrid 2022

Latinization of the north-western Roman provinces: sociolinguistics, epigraphy and archaeology

MARE - Online Lecture Series 2021

Maritime Archaeology Research Exchange

Engaging Antiquity in the Goulburn Valley

Object based learning as an aspirational educational pathway

Anonymous Swiss Collector

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Gallina Landscapes of History

Archaeology. History. Houses. Things.

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a blog about geoarchaeology and much more

What's up, Archaeology?

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Passage Tomb People

Investigating the social drivers of passage tomb construction

Neolithic Studies Group

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Swiss TAG

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ArchéOrient – Le Blog

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Network of Researchers on Heritagisations/Réseau des chercheurs sur les patrimonialisations

Ras Shamra Tablet Inventory

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