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PhD opportunities in archaeology

Closing date not specified (ordered by post date)

[posted 19 June 2018]
Middle East Technical University
project “NEOGENE: Archaeogenomic analysis of genetic and cultural interactions in Neolithic Anatolian societies”
Postdoc and PhD positions in archaeogenomics, population genetics, bioarchaeology, and archaeological modeling
Closing date: open until filled (posted 6 June 2018)

[posted 22 November 2017]
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Transmission, Infection, Diversification & Evolution Group (TIDE)
1) “Epidemic dynamics of ancient disease outbreaks”
one PhD and one Postdoctoral position
2) The “phylodynamics” of language evolution
one PhD and one Postdoctoral position
Closing date: not specified (posted November 2017)

Closing date (in descending order)

[posted 3 August 2018]
St Cross College (Oxford)
Graduate Scholarship in Archaeology
Closing date: 1 March 2019

[posted 29 August 2018]
Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean (MHAAM)
New MHAAM PhD Fellowships
An interest in the Ancient Mediterranean and in ancient DNA is useful but not required.
primary: &
Closing date: 1 or 15 December 2018

NEXT [re-posted 15 May 2018]
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH)
Department of Archaeology
PhD positions
Closing date: 30 November 2018

NEW [posted 18 September 2018]
University of Agder (UiA)
project “The Lying Pen of Scribes: Manuscript Forgeries and Counterfeiting Scriptures in the Twenty-First Century”
PhD Research Fellow
in archaeology, history, religious studies, criminology, law, political science, social sciences or related fields
Closing date: 15 November 2018

[posted 7 September 2018]
Université de Bâle
programme doctoral des Sciences de l’Antiquité
1 «bourse de démarrage» = Startstipendium = One PhD scholarship within the Department of Ancient Civilizations = =
primary: [French] = [German] & [English]
Closing date: 15 November 2018

[posted 1 August 2018]
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH)
FINDER project (“Fossil fingerprinting and identification of new Denisovan remains in Pleistocene Asia”)
PhD position in Archaeological Science
The candidate will work on the identification of faunal assemblages and the discovery of new human fossils from East Asia, particularly China and adjacent regions, through the use of biomolecular methodologies, such as collagen mass fingerprinting (or ZooMS) and ancient DNA analyses of bones
Closing date: 2 November 2018

NEW [posted 19 September 2018]
OIKOS – National Research School in Classical Studies, The Netherlands
Anchoring Innovation programme
5 PhDs [and 2 postdocs (ancient philosophy and classics]
1) Work Package B – Theory and Methods (alternatively, proposals fitting work packages 1, 2, or 3 will also be considered)
Anchoring: new ideas
PhD project, Leiden University
Work Package 2 – Literature and Art
2) “The function and impact of Greek original statues in the city of Rome”
PhD project, Leiden University
3) “Myth as an anchoring device in Greek literature”
PhD project, University of Amsterdam
Work Package 6 – Reception of Antiquity
4) “From Gilgamesh to Gladiator: Anchoring Innovation in the Epic Tradition”
PhD, VU University Amsterdam
EXTENDED [posted 5 September 2018; re-posted 19 September 2018]
5) Utrecht University: PhD Position “Anchoring the agora in archaic and classical Greek poleis (c. 800-300 BCE)” [originally 30 September 2018]
Closing date: 31 October 2018

NEW [posted 19 September 2018]
Ghent University
Faculty of Arts & Philosophy
‘Everyday Writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt. A socio-semiotic study of communicative variation’
2 PhD fellowships (four years)
1) Multilingualism: Roman/Late Antique Egypt formed a multi-lingual environment: speakers/writers could choose between four languages (Greek, Latin, Coptic, and at a later stage Arabic), cor­responding to four different scripts. Moreover, speakers/writers could use multiple languages at one and the same time (‘code-switching’), or write one and the same language in multiple scripts (e.g. Greek words/phrases in the Latin alphabet). As a PhD candidate, you will make an inventory of such practices, studying the social motivation that lies behind them.
2) Material aspects of writing: from a material point of view, too, writing displayed extensive variation. For example, writers had the choice between various writing materials (papyrus, but also potsherd, wood, linen, leather and parchment), and could opt for different types of document format (such as the ‘horizontal’ and the ‘vertical’ format). As a PhD candidate, you will investigate which social role such material aspects of writing had to play.
Closing date: 26 October 2018

[posted 13 September 2018]
Stockholm University
PhD students in Archaeology (2 positions)
PhD student in Archaeology, specialization Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Closing date: 15 October 2018

NEW [posted 15 September 2018]
University of Vienna
Department of Art History
University Assistant (prae doc)
teaching one course in History of Islamic Art; master thesis or thesis project on a theme in the History of Islamic Art, or on a theme in Archaeology or History of Art of a Muslim country
Closing date: 4 October 2018

NEW [posted 15 September 2018]
University of Vienna
Department of Near Eastern Studies
University Assistant (prae doc)
in the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies/ with focus on philology (Akkadian and Sumerian languages)
Closing date: 3 October 2018

[posted 12 September 2018]
PaleoWest Foundation
PaleoWest Foundation Graduate Scholarship
Closing date: 1 October 2018

[posted 26 July 2018]
VU Amsterdam
Department of Archaeology
project “What went into the melting pot? Land-use, agriculture, and craft production as indicators for the contributions of Greek migrants and local inhabitants to the so-called Greek colonization in Italy (ca. 800-550 BC)”
1) PhD position “Flora & Fauna”
subproject titled “Flora & Fauna: a comparative study of farming practices in ancient Greece and in indigenous and colonial areas in Italy (ca 800-550 BC)”.
2) PhD position “Surface and Soils”
ubproject titled “Surface & Soils: reconstruction, analysis and comparison of past environments and land-use potential in ancient Greece and in indigenous and colonial areas in Italy (ca 800-550 BC)”
Closing date: 30 September 2018

[posted 30 July 2018]
Université Paul Sabatier
project “The makeup of the modern horse: a history of the biological changes introduced by human management”
1) PhD fellowship in Ancient DNA and Horse Domestication
primary (French):
2) PhD fellowship in Ancient DNA and Horse Evolutionary Genomics
primary (French):
Closing date: 28 September 2018

[posted 2 September 2018]
University of Vienna
Institute of Art History
University Assistant (prae doc)
on a medieval subject
Closing date: 21 September 2018

[posted 15 August 2018]
University of Nottingham
Department of Classics and Archaeology
project ‘Rising from the Depths: Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa to help Sustainable Social, Economic, and Cultural Benefits’
PhD Studentship
Closing date: 20 September 2018

Archives: [2011-2012]


Open after start of review (in descending order)

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)


Closing date (in descending order)

[posted 28 July 2018]
National University of Ireland, Galway
Hardiman PhD Scholarships
Closing date: call for expressions of interest (advert closes 26 October 2018)

NEXT [re-posted 2 February 2018]
The American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR)
Closing date: 1 February 2019? (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 February 2018]
European University Institute
Ph.D. Scholarships
in: Economics; History and Civilization; Law; Political and Social Sciences
Closing date: 31 January 2019 (annual)

NEXT [re-posted 1 February 2018]
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 2019 (annual)

[posted 7 September 2018]
University of Basel
Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH)
starter scholarships = =
primary: [English] & [French] & [German]
Closing date: 7 November 2018

NEXT [re-posted 7 November 2017]
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 2018 (annual = first Monday of November)

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

[posted 15 August 2018]
University of Amsterdam
project ‘The Invention of the Refugee in Early Modern Europe’
1) PhD position Morisco displacements
focusing on the agency of expelled Morisco minorities in the 16th and 17th century
2) PhD position Protestant and Catholic exile
focusing on the agency of Protestant and Catholic minorities in 16th and 17th century Europe
3) PhD position Jewish diasporas
focusing on the agency of displaced Jewish minorities in 16th and 17th century Europe.
Closing date: 12 October 2018

NEXT [re-posted 2 July 2018]
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 October 2018 (next closing dates: 1 January 2019, 1 April 2019, 1 July 2019)

[posted 6 June 2018]
Aarhus University
PhD scholarships/fellowships
Closing date: 1 October 2018

[posted 4 August 2018]
University of Erfurt
Doctoral Scholarships for individual research projects (6) & Scholarships in coordinated doctoral programmes (12)
Closing date: 30 September 2018

NEW [posted 16 September 2018]
University of Helsinki
Doctoral Programmes
Closing date: 27 September 2018

[posted 9 September 2018]
University of Turku
Doctoral Programme of History, Culture and Arts Studies JUNO
Doctoral Candidate
Closing date: 21 September 2018

[posted 31 August 2018]
University of Amsterdam
Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School of Heritage, Memory and Material Culture
project “Down to the Ground: a historical, visual and scientific analysis of coloured grounds in Netherlandish paintings, 1550-1650”
1) PhD candidate ‘The role of ground colour within the painting process and its influence on appearance’
2) PhD candidate ‘The spread of coloured grounds to the Netherlands, 1550-1650’
Closing date: 20 September 2018

Archives: [2011-2012]


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