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PhD study

Cambridge is an intellectually vibrant and supportive environment for graduate research into Mesopotamia. We supervise a wide range of PhD topics in archaeology, culture, languages, and history of Mesopotamia.  For our current PhD students see here, and for former ones see here.

PhD students are actively encouraged to attend the Ancient Near Eastern seminar series, where they are also welcome to come to dinner with the speakers.


For advice on funding to support your studies, see here and here. Note that the deadlines for receipt of your application, in order to be eligible for many funding opportunities, may be mid-December or mid-January of each year, for admission the following October. Early application will also give you a better chance at a place at your chosen College.

Once in Cambridge, Mesopotamian PhD students are eligible to apply to a number of funds for small grants in aid of discrete projects (including conference attendance).

How to apply

Admission to the University of Cambridge for the Ph.D. is handled through the Student Registry.

You are encouraged to write to your prospective supervisor well in advance of submitting the application, attaching a CV and a one-page outline of your proposed PhD topic - specifying a) your research questions, b) a rough outline on what exists on the topic so far, c) the size and nature of the data set envisaged, d) the methodology which you propose to follow, e) the overall significance of the project.