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Funding for Graduate Students

1. Funding information for prospective graduate students
2. Funding For Archaeology Graduate Students
A. Sources of Funding
B. Funding Deadlines for 2018/19
3. Funding For Egyptology Students
4. Funding For Assyriology Students
5. Other Financial Support

Funding information for prospective graduate students

The University Graduate Admissions provides information about the Fees and Costs involved in Graduate study as well as information on Funding Your Studies.

The funding you will be eligible to apply for will be dependent on your fee status and your chosen course of study, with some funding only available for Home and EU students and other awards aimed at Oversees students. Visit the Student Registry website to find out more about Your Fee Status.

Funding For Archaeology Graduate Students

The University holds three main funding rounds for all graduate applicants with deadlines in October, December and January for admittance the following academic year.

Sources of Funding

Funding Deadlines for 2018/19


-The McBurney/St Edmund's College MPhil Bursary in Geoarchaeology

This bursary is for the best qualified new UK/EU/Overseas entrant to St Edmund's College who intends to take the MPhil in Archaeological Science and specialise in any aspect of Geoarchaeology. It is jointly funded by the McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology and St Edmund's College, Cambridge with a £5000 bursary award.


The Department of Archaeology participates in the AHRC Doctoral Training Programme and the Cambridge Earth Systems Science NERC Doctoral Training Programme.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Funding

The University of Cambridge is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for 40 doctoral studentships per year. Studentships will be available in all arts and humanities subject areas offered throughout the university. An allocation of these studentships wil be made available to students within the Division of Archaeology.

Applications for AHRC awards are made as part of the Graduate Admissions online GRADSAF application process. Students should ensure they include a well structured research proposal and are encouraged to formulate this in communication with a potential supervisor in the Department of Archaeology. You can view the research interests and current research projects of the academic staff in the Department of Archaeology through the Directory.

Cambridge Earth Systems Science NERC Doctoral Training Programme

This year the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology will be again participating in the Earth Systems Science NERC DTP.

The Department is inviting PhD applications from high caliber applicants interested in pursuing topics in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology in the either the Biology or Climate Themes.

You can find out more about NERC DTP studentships here:

Please contact us to discuss your interest in applying.


Cambridge SocSci ESRC DTP Doctoral Training Programme

The Department of Archaeology & Anthropology is pleased to participate in a new ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Cambridge. A range of studentships are available across the social sciences at Cambridge; if you are interested in how society works and how it can handle global challenges, a DTP studentship will give you a world-class training programme, with access to leading international scholars both at Cambridge and other DTPs, and a wide community of fellow social scientists.

You can find out more about ESRC DTP studentships here:

Please contact us to discuss your interest in applying.

Association of British Turkish Academics ABTA

The Association of British and Turkish Academics runs a competition open to PhD students at UK Universities (and those in the first year after the PhD) *in all subject areas*.


Funding For Egyptology Students

Students in Egyptology are eligible for the same funding as students in Archaeology (see above). In addition:

Lady Wallis Budge PhD Studentship in Egyptology at Christ's College, University of Cambridge

Christ's College is offering a Lady Wallis Budge Studentship for a PhD student in Egyptology at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge from October 2015. The total value of the Studentship will be a contribution towards fees and maintenance of up to £19,892 p.a. (equalling full costs for UK and EU students, but overseas applicants can also apply for the same amount and will receive full consideration) for one year in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further two years subject to satisfactory progress.

Candidates need to apply for and be accepted in the Egyptology PhD programme at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge to be eligible for the Studentship. Further information on the PhD programme and application procedure can be found here. The successful candidate must become a member of Christ's College.

To be considered for the Studentship, the PhD application must have been submitted electronically through the online application system. The successful candidate will be notified in March.

Questions regarding the Studentship may be directed to Dr Rune Nyord, Christ's College, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge CB2 3BU, United Kingdom ().

Thomas Mulvey Egyptology Fund

The Thomas Mulvey Egyptology Fund is devoted to the encouragement of research in Egyptology.

Studentship: preference is given to candidates who are undertaking research in Egyptology for the PhD degree in Cambridge, or who are applying to do this. The Award will be for up to £4000; it will be held for one year, but a successful candidate may reapply in subsequent years.

Grants: preference is given to current Cambridge graduate students in Egyptology; UTOs, Postdoctoral Fellows and scholars affiliated with the University of Cambridge undertaking research in Egyptology may also apply. Grant applications should not normally exceed £2000; the majority of grants awarded are much smaller.

Applications must be sent to the Registrary, Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science, The Mond Building, Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RF ( The application form, available from the Registrary, must be returned no later than 31 May 2015.

Letters of reference (two for the Studentship, one for grants) should be sent directly to the Assistant Registrary by referees, to arrive no later than 31 May. Email is acceptable.

If there is a suitable candidate, the Thomas Mulvey Student will be elected not later than 31 July 2015. Grants from the Fund will be made by the same date. The value of individual awards, including both grants and the Studentship, will be decided by the Management Committee after reviewing all applications.

Funding For Assyriology Students

Students in Assyriology are eligible for the same funding as students in Archaeology (see above). In addition, see the Mesopotamian Funding page.


Funding From Colleges

Several colleges offer research scholarships to home and overseas students. The following colleges have advertised substantial or fully funded scholarships: Corpus Christi, Emmanuel, Jesus (especially for Australian and for Chinese citizens), King's, Magdalene, Murray Edwards, Newnham, Pembroke, Peterhouse, Queens', St. Catharine's (for Malaysian citizens), St. John's (including special scholarships for Graduates of the University of Rome (Aldobrandini), archaeologists (Paskin) and South African citizens (Bradlow)), Sidney Sussex, Trinity, Trinity Hall and Wolfson. Members of staff in the department of archaeology will happily give advice.


Other Financial Support

Funding for Fieldwork

All students undertaking a PhD with an element of fieldwork are eligible to apply to the Department for support with the costs of fieldwork. Information for students within the Department of Archaeology can be found here. Students who are funded by the AHRC may be able to apply for additional fieldwork funding through this scheme and should consult the AHRC pages here.


The Wiener - Anspach Foundation

The Wiener - Anspach Foundation awards research grants to Cambridge PhD students who wish to spend up to one year at the Université libre de Bruxelles as part of their PhD studies. These non-renewable grants are open to students from all fields. Please note they are not available for the first year of study. More information is available on the Wiener - Anspach Foundation website.


Cambridge Funding Search

Current and prospective graduate students can use the Cambridge Funding Search to locate funding within the University.

European Funding Guide

The European Funding Guide is the largest online-platform in the EU for finding financial aid. The platform contains over 12,000 scholarships, grants and awards across the whole EU worth more than 27 billion Euros per year. Over 4,000 of these are specifically targeted at UK students.