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PhD opportunities in archaeology

Closing date not specified (ordered by post date)

EXTENDED [re-posted 2 November 2016]
Universität Hamburg
project “The Early Islamic Empire at Work – The View from the Regions toward the Center”
Research Associate
The successful applicant will concentrate on the key region Ifriqiya-focusing on its elite structure and economic resources- within the project team, using the same methodological approaches. Experience in working with archaeological, numismatic, material, and geographical sources is welcome.
Closing date: open until filled (i.e. extended from/originally 31 October 2016, 31 August 2016, 29 July 2016, 15 June 2016, 15 May 2016)

[posted 2 April 2015; re-posted 3 July 2015; re-posted 28 January 2016; re-posted 23 November 2016; posted 31 January 2017]
University College London
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA)
CLOSED: “Making the Antikythera Mechanism: Rebuilding Technology that changed History”
OPEN: SEAHA Studentship: “Thinking out of the box – modelling preventive conservation benefits of boxes”
primary: &
Closing date: open until filled (posted 31 January 2017)

Closing date (in descending order)

[posted 9 April 2017]
Université de Bordeaux
PhD – Personal Ornaments “Social and Cultural diversity during the Gravettian in Europe”
Closing date: 2 June 2017

[posted 15 March 2017]
Leiden University
Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History
project “Resilient Diversity: The Governance of Racial and Religious Plurality in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800”
PhD Position in History
responsible for the development of the subproject Regulating Relations: Controlling Sex and Marriage
Closing date: 2 June 2017

[posted 11 April 2017]
Vatican’s Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology in Rome
Scholarship for Graduate Study
Closing date: 31 May 2017

[posted 10 April 2017]
Durham University
PhD Studentship: “Early Neanderthal Social and Behavioural Complexity during the Purfleet Interglacial: the evidence from the stone tool record”
Closing date: 31 May 2017

[posted 9 March 2017]
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Division for Roman Law and Legal History
PhD Researcher – “Reprisal and armed violence under international law (13th-18th centuries)”
Closing date: 31 May 2017

NEW [posted 26 April 2017]
University of Amsterdam
Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity
project “Amsterdam Time Machine”
Pre-PhD fellow CREATE – Digital Art History
The successful applicant will contribute to the Amsterdam Time Machine by developing an innovative spatial and social analysis of the Dutch art world during the seventeenth century and by using this analysis to provide new insights in the dissemination of styles and genres across space and time.
Closing date: 22 May 2017

NEW [posted 24 April 2017]
University of Oxford
The History Faculty
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship on ‘Art Patronage and Court Influence 1660–1714’
Closing date: 22 May 2017

[posted 3 November 2016]
Koc University
Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Kucukyali ArkeoPark Project
Closing date: 20 May 2017

[posted 11 April 2017]
University of York
Department of History of Art, in collaboration with the National Gallery, London
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Award – Fully Funded PhD Studentship: “Settings and Subjects in Early Netherlandish Painting”
Closing date: 19 May 2017

[posted 9 April 2017]
Groningen University
GIA (Groningen Institute of Archaeology)
PhD Scholarship Pre- and Proto-History
in the area of zooarchaeology in pre- and protohistoric contexts. For the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, we welcome research proposals that devise a new zooarchaeological methodology focusing on at least one early domesticate, and apply it to case studies relating to the emergence and nature of farming in the margins of Neolithisation. Regions of primary interest are western Turkey and the Netherlands, but proposals that capture commonalities between these and other understudied geographic areas of primary and secondary Neolithisation are also welcome. Zooarchaeological method/s to be developed should have wide re-use potential for other archaeological periods and regions.
Closing date: 15 May 2017

[posted 6 April 2017]
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Research Training Group 1876 ‘Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed’
5 doctoral positions
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. In the Research Training Group’s research programme, the object is to record concepts of man and nature . 100.000 years B.C.E. until the Middle Ages.
primary (English): &
primary (German):
Closing date: 15 May 2017

NEW [posted 20 April 2017]
University of Edinburgh, in partnership with National Museums Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship “Loyal exchange: the material and visual culture of Jacobite exile, 1716-60”
Closing date: 12 May 2017

[posted 27 February 2017]
University of Southampton
Faculty of Humanities
Honor Frost Foundation Masters and/or Doctoral Awards in Maritime Archaeology
This award is only available to students from Cyprus, Lebanon, and Syria.
Closing date: 11 May 2017

[posted 6 April 2017]
University of the Highlands and Islands
Fully Funded PhD Studentships Across a Range of Research Areas
1) PhD Studentship (Orkney): “The sustainability of cultural tourism and its effects on communities: the case of Orkney”
[posted 10 April 2017]
2) PhD Studentship: “Consumption, commerce and custom: historical and archaeological evidence for the social, cultural and economic position of salmon in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, c.1400-c.1800”
3) PhD Studentship (Orkney): “The origins and history of distilling and whisky production in the Scottish Highlands and Islands: an historical and archaeological approach”
Closing date: 8 May 2017

[posted 1 April 2017]
University of Tubingen
Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology
“Tools and Culture among Early Hominins” (project STONECULT)
PhD position in Comparative Cognitive Archaeology
The PhD candidate will experimentally test the four genera of non-human great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans and gorillas) on various tool-use domains to investigate the necessary cognitive mechanisms involved in developing these skills.
Closing date: 8 May 2017

NEW [posted 26 April 2017]
Groningen University
GIA (Groningen Institute of Archaeology)
PhD position (AIO) in the area of palynology
The PhD project is based on the palynological analysis from seven locations in the province of Friesland (the Netherlands). The samples all derive from pingo scars, the major source of biostratigraphical information in the area. The research focusses on the transition to farming in the area (c. 4000 cal BC) and questions whether the pollen signal related to this transition dates to the same time in all diagrams.
Closing date: 7 May 2017

[posted 9 April 2017]
University of Huddersfield
Department of Biological Sciences
third cohort of five PhD scholars in Evolutionary Genetics for the Leverhulme Trust Centre
1) “Archaeogenetics and palaeogenetics of south-east and eastern Europe”
This particular project will focus on aspects of the archaeogenetics and palaeogenetics of cattle domestication in north-west Europe, especially the British Isles, working with mitochondrial DNA, Y-chromosome and genome-wide variation, including ancient DNA.
2) “Sex-specific processes in European prehistory and beyond: Y-chromosome vs. mtDNA variation”
This particular project, co-supervised by Prof Jim Wilson (University of Edinburgh), will focus on aspects of the Y-chromosome archaeogenetics and palaeogenetics, and in particular the unique contribution that Y-chromosome variation seen in both ancient and contemporary samples can make (via comparisons with mitochondrial DNA and genome-wide data) to studies of sex-biased dispersal in human history.
3) “The characterisation of the entomofauna associated with natural and artificial mummies from Europe and South America”
This particular project will focus on aspects of funerary archaeoentomology related to the morphological and molecular identification of insects collected from archaeological burials, graves and mummies.
4) “Archaeogenetics and palaeogenetics of south-east and eastern Europe”
This particular project will focus on aspects of the archaeogenetics and palaeogenetics of southern and eastern Europe, working with mitochondrial DNA, Y-chromosome and genome-wide variation, including ancient DNA.
Closing date: 7 May 2017

[posted 8 April 2017]
University of York
Department of Archaeology
TEMPERA: “Teaching Emerging Methods in Palaeoproteomics for the European Research Area”
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher
focusing on characterisation of gelatin and its role in the development of early books. You will learn to use electrostatic extraction of protein to identify the animal origin of gelatin and examine evidence for production. You will consider this data in the context of the development of paper and printing technology.
Closing date: 7 May 2017

[posted 1 April 2017]
University of Reading
School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
“Archaeological Palaeoenvironmental Archives: co-designing new structures for their creation, curation and interpretation based upon a systematic evaluation of current archiving practice”
Closing date: 5 May 2017

[posted 12 April 2017]
Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia – CRIA
Bolsa de Investigação (BI) para Licenciado
Área Científica: Antropologia e Arqueologia, com ênfase em bioarqueologia; experiência comprovada na escavação de espólio ósseo humano em contexto arqueológico e laboratorial e no tratamento de vestígios osteológicos humanos (designadamente: escavação, limpeza, marcação, inventariação, e análise morfológica e métrica com objectivo de traçar o perfil biológico e identificação de alterações ósseas de natureza tafonómica e/ou outra).
Closing date: 4 May 2017

[posted 11 March 2017]
Freie Universität Berlin & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Exzellenzcluster Topoi & Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS)
21 doctoral fellowships &
Closing date: 2 May 2017

NEW [posted 21 April 2017]
University of Oslo
Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
Doctoral research fellowship in the project “Between runes and manuscripts”
The project will provide a comprehensive study of Roman-alphabet inscriptions from the Norwegian Viking and Middle Ages.
Closing date: 1 May 2017

[posted 16 March 2017]
Bournemouth University
Faculty of Science & Technology
PhD Studentship: “Understanding Early Neolithic Communities in Anatolia: Using Small Vertebrates to Inform on the Palaeoenvironmental and Social Conditions During the Transition from Mobile Hunter-Gatherers to Settled Farmers”
Closing date: 1 May 2017

[posted 12 March 2017]
Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning (NIKU)
project «The Self in Social Spaces:Conceptualizations and Representations in the Textual and Material Culture of Medieval Scandinavia»
Doctoral Research Fellow in Medieval Material Culture
Closing date: 1 May 2017

[posted 9 April 2017]
NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet
Institutt for arkeologi og kulturhistorie
PhD-stilling innen landskapsarkeologi med fokus på jernalder
Closing date: 30 April 2017

[posted 30 March 2017]
Marie Curie TEMPERA European Training Network
1) University of Copenhagen
PhD fellow on “Palaeoproteomics for cultural heritage – Protein Paint Binders in Polychromy”
[posted 5 April 2017]
2) Devro plc in collaboration with The Department of Archaeology at York
Early Stage Researcher (PhD candidate)
“The Decline of Parchment Use” (Ref ESR 3)
Closing date: 30 April 2017

[posted 12 March 2017]
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology & Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia (IMPRS ANARCHIE)
PhD students
social and cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians. For the purposes of ANARCHIE, Eurasia is defined as the super-continent which comprises the whole of Asia and the whole of Europe and the Mediterranean. Doctoral students shall investigate how various modes and processes of communication and contestation with regard to (legitimate) domination are determined by practices of representation and by the (usually heterogeneous and often conflictual) dynamics that have shaped these practices of representation through space and time. The projects of the fourth cohort of the IMPRS ANARCHIE will be devoted to the topic of Representing Domination.
Closing date: 30 April 2017

NEXT [re-posted 1 December 2016]
Fondation Hardt pour l’étude de l’Antiquité classique
Research Scholarships
The areas of research supported are Greek and Latin Language and Literature, Ancient History, Ancient Philosophy and Ancient Law.
Closing date: 30 April 2017 (next closing date: 30 November 2017)

[posted 18 March 2017]
Utrecht University
project “Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe” (CHEurope)
PhD student in the program ‘(Digital) Cultural Heritage Studies’
to explore the consequences of digital applications and technologies in the field of cultural heritage studies.
Closing date: 28 April 2017

[posted 29 March 2017]
University of Edinburgh
Graduate School of History, Classics and Archaeology
PhD – “The Material Culture of Mass Politics in Scotland, c.1815 – c.1914” (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship)
Closing date: 26 April 2017

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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 23 January 2017]
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies
‘Modes of Knowing’ research project
scholarships for Australian or International PhD students &
Closing date: not specified (review of applications begins immediately)

[posted 5 October 2016]
L’Associazione del Centro Studi Normanno-Svevi
2 (due) borse di studio da € 2.500,00
in discipline storiche, storico artistiche, archeologiche nell’ambito del progetto “Storia della città” finanziato dal Comune di Barletta; con un progetto di lavoro a tema libero che abbia come oggetto di ricerca argomenti inerenti allo studio di Barletta e del suo territorio dall’età preclassica al secolo XX, realizzabile in tre mesi
Closing date: not specified (advert at academia expires 2 November 2016?)


Closing date (in descending order)

NEXT [re-posted 2 February 2017]
The American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR)
Closing date: 1 February 2018? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 February 2017]
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 2018 (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 8 November 2016]
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 2017? (annual = first Monday in November)

NEXT [re-posted 27 October 2016]
Ecole française d’Athènes
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.
Closing date: 26 October 2017? (annual)

NEW [posted 22 April 2017]
University of London
Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study
The Veale-Straschnov Award for Doctoral Historical Research for Mature Students
Closing date: 31 July 2017

NEXT [re-posted 2 April 2017]
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 2017 (next closing dates: 1 October 2017, 1 January 2018, 1 April 2018)

[posted 13 February 2017]
University of Haifa
Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH)
PhD scholarship for a project relating to the pre-modern history of the Mediterranean
supervised by a Haifa researcher from one of the following departments: History, Maritime Civilizations, Archaeology, Art History, Middle Eastern History, Israel Studies, and Jewish History.
Closing date: 1 July 2017

[posted 8 April 2017]
Universität Regensburg
DFG-Graduiertenkolleg ‘Metropolität in der Vormoderne’
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Am Graduiertenkolleg sind die Fächer Geschichte, Kunstgeschichte, Rechtsgeschichte, Wirt- schaftsgeschichte, Alte Kirchengeschichte, Patristik, Klassische Archäologie, Liturgiewissenschaft, Romanische Sprachwissenschaft, Politikwissenschaft und Englische Literaturund Kulturwissen- .
Closing date: 15 June 2017

[posted 4 March 2017]
University of Leicester
College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
International Postgraduate Research (PGR) Excellence Scholarship
Closing date: 1 June 2017

[posted 7 November 2016]
Cyprus Institute (CyI)
VI-SEEM Project
PhD program in Computational Sciences
VI-SEEM aims at creating a unique Virtual Research Environment (VRE) in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean (SEEM), in order to facilitate regional interdisciplinary collaboration, with special focus on the scientific communities of Life Sciences, Climatology and Digital Cultural Heritage.
Closing date: 1 June 2017

[posted 30 March 2017]
Uppsala University
1) PhD position in History of Science
in the humanities or social sciences relevant to research in history of science.
2) 3–4 PhD positions in History of Science and Ideas
with a particular emphasis on history of science, history of medicine, intellectual history, history of education and media history
Closing date: 31 May 2017

[posted 25 March 2017]
University of Basel
eikones – Center for the Theory and History of the Image
5 PhD Fellowships
in the fields of art history, musicology, philosophy, German literature, media studies, and Egyptology
primary: &
Closing date: 22 May 2017

[posted 5 April 2017]
Karl-Franzens-University Graz
International Research Training Group (IGDK) “Resonant Self–World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices”
PhD projects in the fields of Classics, Sociology, Theology and Classical Archaeology
Closing date: 21 May 2017

[posted 11 April 2017]
a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne
8 Stipendien zur Promotionsvorbereitung = scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project
primary (English):
Fast Track scholarships
Closing date: 19 May 2017

[posted 10 April 2017]
Università degli Studi di Trento
PhD positions in the Doctoral Programme in “European Cultures. Environment, Contexts, Histories, Arts, Ideas” 33rd cycle = Scholarships: n. 7 funded by the University of Trento
Specialized curricula: Philosophy; Cultural Heritage; History
in co-operation with Institut für Archäologien, Universität Innsbruck (Austria)
Closing date: 18 May 2017

[posted 11 April 2017]
University of Winchester
PhD Doctoral Studentships
including Archaeology
Closing date: 15 May 2017

[posted 9 April 2017]
Groningen University
PhD Scholarships Culture Studies, Graduate School for the Humanities (6 positions)
Closing date: 15 May 2017

[posted 5 April 2017]
University of Exeter
project “Average – Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)”
1) PhD Funding: ERC Dual Doctoral Award
This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in France during the seventeenth century.
2) PhD Funding: ERC Dual Doctoral Award
This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in Genoa between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
3) PhD Funding: ERC Dual Doctoral Award
This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in Bruges and Antwerp between the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries.
4) ERC Dual Doctoral Award
This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in Livorno between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
Closing date: 1 May 2017

[posted 16 February 2017]
Leiden University
Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies
PhD candidate in Central Asian / Middle Eastern Studies (2 PhD’s)
Topic 1. The Turkic voice. A guidebook for rulers and a dictionary from Kashgar.
Topic 2. The outsider’s view. Ibn Arabshah in Samarkand.
Closing date: 30 April 2017

[posted 1 April 2017]
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck School of Arts
Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Renaissance Studies
in one or more than one of the constituent disciplines of Renaissance Studies (ca. 1400-1670); within the fields of History of Art; English Literature; Drama and Theatre Studies; Intellectual History; Early Modern French Studies; Iberian and Latin American Studies and Visual Culture.
Closing date: 26 April 2017

Archives: [2011-2012]


Open until filled (ordered by review date)

Archaeology of Fun

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Archaeology North West

The blog site for CBA North West and the North West Regional Research Update project

Moluks Erfgoed

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Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland

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Wreckless Wanderer

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First Millennia Studies Group

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Empires of Faith

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The Inclusive Archaeology Project

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MSU Campus Archaeology Program

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Shared Taste

Kikkoman Chair of Asia-Europe Intercultural Dynamics

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Kuriosum Kammer


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The Library of Antiquity

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Museum Archaeology Blog

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