Classics and Archaeology Doctoral Scholarships

The School is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for its Doctoral Scholarships Awards for 2018-2019 entry.


These PhD studentships will pay a stipend at the equivalent rate to that offered by the Research Councils (value TBA, but for guidance, in 2018-2019 this was £14,777). Tuition fees at the EU rate will also be paid. Payment will be made in equal monthly instalments for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory performance. Awards will be paid pro-rata for part-time candidates.

As one of the intentions of these awards is to enhance the skills portfolio of successful candidates, awardees will undertake specified teaching and related duties following appropriate training as an integral part of their scholarship package.

EU applicants: These awards may be particularly attractive to candidates from EU countries outside the UK. The AHRC will consider such candidates for the award of tuition fees (EU rate), but not stipend. School of History, Classics and Archaeology Doctoral Scholarships will therefore be of more value to you than an AHRC award alone if you fall into this group.


The 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.

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.

You can find out more about our research interests and research groups and centres on our webpages: For more information about our PhD programmes, help in identifying a prospective supervisor or eligibility for these scholarships, please contact our Graduate Officers:

History: Professor Diana Paton,

Classics: Professor Andrew Erskine,

Archaeology: Dr Kath McSweeney,


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:


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


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 masters degree in a relevant field

Completed PhD admission applications must have been made via the University of Edinburgh online application system by 25 January 2019.

This means that all your supporting documentation (research proposal, academic references, copies of qualifications/transcripts) must, where available, also be uploaded. Please liaise closely with your referee to ensure they supply the required reference by this date.

If a degree result or test of English competency is pending we can consider your application and, where appropriate, make you an offer conditional upon supplying these at a later date.


Information on how to apply will appear shortly.   The closing date for applications is 25 January 2019.

Please direct general inquiries about these awards to

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