PhD Funding: The University of Edinburgh Programmes in History, Classics, and Archaeology (Deadline 25 January 2021)

The University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to invite applications from outstanding candidates for a range of PhD scholarships designed to attract the best and brightest candidates to study in Edinburgh. 

From the University:

We welcome applications across our full range of research areas in History, Classics and Archaeology, both in areas in which we have long-standing strengths and in areas where we are currently expanding. 

The size of Edinburgh’s history department, and the breadth of expertise available from our staff, means that we can offer supervision for research projects in a wide array of fields, spanning two millennia and five continents. We have particularly strong research concentrations in Scottish history, American history, Irish history, social and economic history and medieval history. We are also keen to encourage applications from prospective doctoral students in the following research areas:

  • Global and Transnational History
  • Intellectual history of early modern Europe (including Britain and Ireland)

We can offer supervision and welcome applications across most of the major areas of Classical studies: Greek and Latin literature and thought, Greek, Roman, Late Antique and Byzantine history, and classical art and archaeology. We are also keen to encourage applications from prospective doctoral students in the following research areas:

  • Ancient Law
  • The Classical Tradition in Byzantium/the Medieval West

Our research interests range from human osteoarchaeology and forensic anthropology to Roman archaeology, early civilisations and urban societies in Europe, the Byzantine world and late antiquity, late hunter-gatherers and the spread of farming in Europe, megalithic monuments, later European prehistory and the archaeology of Scotland. We are also keen to encourage applications from prospective doctoral students in the following research areas:

  • Cultural Heritage and Community Engagement
  • Western and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

These PhD scholarships will pay a stipend at the equivalent rate to that offered by the Research Councils of the United Kingdom. Tuition fees at the UK/EU rate will also be paid. Payment will be made in equal monthly instalments for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory performance.

Applicants for these awards must:

  • Hold a UK 2.1 or first class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field
  • Hold, or successfully achieve before commencing their PhD with us, an equally high standard of postgraduate master’s degree in a relevant field

Applicants must submit a PhD application by 25 January 2021, and a scholarship application for the School Doctoral Award by 4 February 2021.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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