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PhD opportunities in archaeology

Closing date not specified (ordered by post date)

NEW [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)

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

[posted 5 June 2018]
KU Leuven
programme “Literary Knowledge, 1890-1950: Modernisms and the Sciences in Europe”
The PhD project, “Modern Etruscans”, examines how literature from the modernist period responded to the slow yet steady availability of specialized knowledge on Etruscan civilization.
The PhD project, “Avant-Garde Egypt”, will investigate how the so-called classic or historical avant-gardes related to advances in archaeology and Egyptology.
Closing date: 1 September 2018

NEW [posted 20 June 2018]
Aberdeen University
Department of Archaeology
“Carved Stones in Context: Landscape and GIS approaches to First Millennium AD Monuments in Scotland and Ireland”
Closing date: 31 July 2018

NEW [posted 20 June 2018]
Egypt Exploration Society (EES)
new annual award scheme
for students needing to carry out part of their doctoral research in Egypt
Closing date: 31 July 2018

NEW [posted 16 June 2018]
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
NTNU University Museum, Department of Natural History
PhD-position in Archaeological Genomics
in human archaeological genomics (human population genetics, molecular evolution, biodiversity); focusing on understanding how historical catastrophes and epidemics have contributed to genomic and epigenomic changes of the Trondheim human population over the last 1000 years.
Closing date: 15 July 2018

[posted 5 June 2018]
ED-ARCHMAT = European Doctorate in ARchaeological and Cultural Heritage MATerials science
13 individual fully funded PhD projects
University of Evora
ESR 1: “Innovative Conservation Techniques for Bio-deteriorated and Soiled Ornamental stone in Urban Areas: Laser versus Plasma Vapour Cleaning”
ESR 2: “Biotechnological approach for the identification of protein-based materials in Cultural Heritage artefacts”
University of Rome La Sapienza
ESR 3: “Scanner XRF for 2D elemental mapping imaging for Cultural Heritage”
ESR 4: “Food and balms: combined botanical and chemical studies from funerary contexts”
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
ESR 5: “The Emergence of Copper Pyrotechnology in Western Asia”
ESR 6: “Technology and Provenance of Inscribed and Stamped Documents on Clay”
Polytechnic of Turin
ESR 7: “Innovative techniques for the assessment of the degradation state of metallic artifacts”
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – Istituto de Ciencias de Materiales de Aragon (CSIC-ICMA)
ESR 8: “Laser Based intervention in Archaeological Materials and Museum Artifacts”
University of Burgos
ESR 11: “Laser Based intervention on Historical Glass”
University of Bordeaux Montaigne
ESR 12: “Taphonomy of ornated wall in prehistoric caves ; a Multianalytical approach to study hypogean artworks biodegradation”
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems
ESR 13: “Automated Reconstruction of Fragmented Archaeological Finds Bearing an Arbitrary Shape”
Closing date: 15 July 2018

READVERTISED? [re-posted 20 June 2018]
University of Brighton & University College London
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA)
“Evaluating evaluation trenching in archaeological projects”
primary: &
Closing date: 9 July 2018 (originally 18 May 2018)

[posted 2 June 2018]
University of Copenhagen
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities
project “Changing Foodways in Prehistoric Southwest Asia: Reconstructing food procurement, processing and cooking during the Epipalaeolithic-Neolithic transition”
PhD fellow in Lithic Use-wear and Residue Analysis
in Chipped Stone Use-Wear and Residue Analysis. He/she will join a lively and active group of researchers whose work focuses on the transition from hunting and gathering to food production in southwest Asia.
Closing date: 9 July 2018

EXTENDED [posted 11 June 2018; re-posted 16 June 2018]
Universität Bremen
Professur „Alte Geschichte“ des Instituts für Europastudien
wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
mit einem nachgewiesenen Schwerpunkt in Alter Geschichte =
primary: =
Closing date: 6 July 2018 (i.e. extended from 27 June 2018)

[posted 4 June 2018]
Newcastle University
History, Classics and Archaeology
PhD Studentship in Archaeology – “Roman Coins from Hadrians Wall and the Frontier Zone: Coin Supply, Use and Loss in the Military Zone of Roman Britain”
Closing date: 6 July 2018

[posted 9 May 2018]
University of Antwerp
1-2) project “Fashioning ‘old and new’. Secondary markets, commodity value conventions and the dawn of consumer societies in Western Europe (18th-19th centuries)”
Doctoral student, History of consumption and material culture (2 positions)
[posted 16 May 2018]
3) project ‘Shedding light on product quality. The historical evolution of conventions for the quality of window glass, 15th to 19th century’
Doctoral student, History of technology and material culture
Closing date: 2 July 2018

[posted 13 June 2018]
Universität Bern
«Martial Cultures in Medieval Towns»
zwei Promotionsstellen
Closing date: 1 July 2018

[posted 14 April 2018]
Greek Archaeological Committee UK (GACUK)
Scholarships in Greek Archaeology in the UK for 2018/2019
Closing date: 1 July 2018

NEW [posted 20 June 2018]
TU Darmstadt
Wiss. Mitarb.
im Fachgebiet Alte Geschichte; im Bereich der antiken Kulturgeschichte
Closing date: 30 June 2018

[posted 30 May 2018]
Institute of Archaeology (Zagreb)
project “Iron production along the Drava River in the Roman period and the Middle Ages: Creation and transfer of knowledge, technologies and goods – TransFER“
Assistant – Doctoral Candidate
in the Scientific Field of Humanities, Field of Archaeology
Closing date: 30 June 2018

NEW [posted 20 June 2018]
University of Brighton & University College London
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA)
Drones for Heritage Communications and Audience Development
primary: &
Closing date: 29 June 2018

NEW [posted 14 June 2018]
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
Department of History
3 Funded PhD Scholarships in History
including 1 Scholarship in Environmental History: IRC Laureate Award – CLICAB: “Climates of Conflict in Ancient Babylonia”
Closing date: 29 June 2018

[posted 12 June 2018]
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI)
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (m/w) an der Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik
in verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Bereichen (Redaktion, Archiv, Bibliothek sowie wissenschaftlicher Projektarbeit im Bereich der Epigraphik)
Closing date: 29 June 2018

READVERTISED [re-posted 2 May 2018]
Ulster University
Funded PhD Opportunity
“Multi-method characterization of shipwreck sites”
Closing date: 29 June 2018 (originally 19 February 2018, 8? December 2017)

[posted 30 May 2018]
Tate & UCL Institute of Archaeology
PhD Studentship: “Making the Invisible Visible in the Contemporary Art Museum” &
Closing date: 27 June 2018

[posted 5 June 2018]
University of Bern
project „Plundering, Reusing and Transforming the Past: Grave Robbing and Reuse of Funerary Material in Late Antiquity”
PhD Position in Ancient Studies
within ancient studies (preferably Classical Archaeology, Late Antique or Byzantine Studies or Ancient History); on the transformation and urban embedding of water features and related buildings (especially nymphaea and fountains) in the late imperial world.
Closing date: 26 June 2018

NEW [posted 20 June 2018]
University of Exeter
College of Humanities
“Tewkesbury Abbey: An interdisciplinary study of the church and its material culture from its medieval origins to the modern era”
Closing date: 24 June 2018

[posted 29 May 2018]
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”
6 positions for doctoral research associates
Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History, Antique Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.
Closing date: 22 June 2018

[posted 7 May 2018]
University of Strasbourg
“Nécropolis. Étude diachronique et comparative de l’urbanisme funéraire dans les nécropoles de Thèbes et de Memphis”
PhD position
Closing date: 22 June 2018

[posted 11 June 2018]
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Professur für Mittelalterliche Geschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt Geschichte des Hochmittelalters
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiterin/Mitarbeiter
im Bereich der mittelalterlichen Geschichte
Closing date: 21 June 2018

Archives: [2011-2012]


Open after start of review (in descending order)

[posted 17 May 2018]
ED-ARCHMAT = European Doctorate in ARchaeological and Cultural Heritage MATerials science
13 individual fully funded PhD projects (other positions with deadline of 15 July 2018; see above)
University of Avignon
ESR9: “Organic residue analysis in archaeological amphorae”
PhD in Science
ESR10: “Advanced Chemical analysis of organic materials from animal mummies in Ancient Egypt”
PhD in Science
Closing date: 15 June 2018 (or 21 June at


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)

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)

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

[posted 24 May 2018]
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
2018/19 PhD programs
including Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH) Track
Closing date: 3 August 2018

[posted 9 March 2018]
University of London
Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study
Veale-Straschnov Award for Doctoral Historical Research for Mature Students
Closing date: 31 July 2018

[posted 30 May 2018]
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
6 Research Associates (PhD Positions)
from the Ancient to the present times; establishing three Junior Research Groups (two positions each), each focussing on one of the following topics: 1) “Dependency, Gender and Labour in the Household”,   2) “Punishment, Labour, and Dependency”, and 3) “Beyond Slavery: Dependency in Asian History”.
Closing date: 20 July 2018

NEW [posted 17 June 2018]
dottorati di ricerca
Sciences for Cultural Heritage
Closing date: 10 July 2018

[posted 17 May 2018]
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Research Training Group (RTG) 1808 “Ambiguity – Production and Perception”
up to 4 PhD Positions
Participating Disciplines: Cognitive Modelling, English Literary Studies, English Linguistics, German Literary Studies, German Linguistics (including Psycholinguistics), Legal Studies, Classical Philology, Philosophy, Psychology, General Rhetoric, Romance Linguistics, Protestant Theology (New Testament).
Closing date: 8 July 2018

NEW [posted 14 June 2018]
Università degli studi di Napoli, L’Orientale
including 1) Research on ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean, to sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia. The research will focus on philological, historical and archaeological studies
Closing date: 4 July 2018

NEXT [re-posted 3 April 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 July 2018 (next closing dates: 1 October 2018, 1 January 2019, 1 April 2019)

[posted 18 April 2018]
University of Glasgow
Alan Rodger Postgraduate Visiting Researcher
in Roman law or legal history
Closing date: 29 June 2018

[posted 22 May 2018]
Università degli Studi ROMA TRE
Ph.D. programme, 34th cycle
Closing date: 26 June 2018

[posted 31 May 2018]
University of Hull
Four PhD Scholarships in Maritime History
Closing date: 25 June 2018

[posted 26 May 2018]
Canterbury Christ Church University
PhD scholarships
Closing date: 20 June 2018

Archives: [2011-2012]


Open until filled (ordered by review date)

Coffee Break Archaeology

Archaeology. Coffee. Culture. Technology.

Women In Archaeology

Archaeology About, For, and By Women in the Field.

Bones, Stones, and Books

Archaeology -- Bioarchaeology -- School -- The good, bad, and the ugly about life in the trenches and life as a student


saving you the trouble because every day counts

Archaeology Mentor

Not just surviving, but thriving in archaeology

Musings of a virtual archaeologist

This site is the cat’s pajamas


Ricerche di dottorandi e post-doc italiani in Egittologia e Nubiologia / PhD and Post-doc Italian Researchers in ancient Egypt and Nubia

Queer Archaeology

For all things queer in archaeology

The Fourth Sophistic

Ancient history, archaeology, modern culture and politics

The Roman Soldier in Afghanistan

An ongoing research project exploring the soldier's body in ancient and modern military service.


Ancient recipes for the modern kitchen

Archäologische Denkmalpflege

saving you the trouble because every day counts

Prehistoric Lincolnshire

A discussion and information exchange forum for those with a genuine interest in the prehistory of Lincolnshire

Dr Ben Jervis

Medieval Archaeologist

Archaeology & Experience

Thoughts and feelings about archaeology and academia


archaeology/ etruscans/ feminism / life

People, Place & The Past

Exploring how people engage with the past

Animal Archaeology

All things archaeology, but mostly dead animals.

The Spirited Horse

Archaeology. Animals in the ancient world and today.

Norton Disney Roman Villa

Rediscovering and re evaluating the archaeology and history of this Lincolnshire scheduled ancient monument

Introspective Digital Archaeology

Understanding the computational turn in archaeology


Andre Costopoulos, University of Alberta


"We are too often victims of that great curse of archaeology, the indestructibility of pots." (Moses Finley, 1965)


Scandinavian archaeology, history, skepticism, books and music

Burying Books

Stories about burying books (and digging them up again) from history, archaeology, myth, religion, art, literature etc.


PhD Student chatting about things that are Roman and Magical. Usually both.

The Maius Workshop

Young Scholars of Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Art and History

Spade & the Grave

death and burial through an archaeological lens

Archaeological Oddities

Discussing the odd ways in which archaeology crops up in pop culture!

Tea with the Sphinx


Archaeo Lounge

saving you the trouble because every day counts

Learning Through Making

Experimental production of stone tools

Necropolis Now

saving you the trouble because every day counts

The Offa's Dyke Collaboratory

A Research Network for Offa's Dyke, Wat's Dyke and Early Medieval Western Britain


Mortuary Archaeology of the Râmeț Bronze Age Landscape