Wednesday, January 27, 2010

University of Leicester - AHRC PhD Studentship in Archaeology and/or Ancient History

AHRC PhD studentship opportunity available now in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History

The University of Leicester's School of Archaeology and Ancient History is delighted to offer an AHRC funded Block Grant Partnership PhD studentship - supporting a highly-qualified graduate to join its vibrant research community. The School was very highly rated for its research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Its particular research strengths include :

  • Archaeology of Food
  • Greek/Hellenistic Archaeology and History
  • Historical Archaeology of the Post-Medieval World
  • Iron Age Archaeology 
  • Landscape Archaeology 
  • Roman Archaeology and History - including Late Antiquity
Available for a new student starting in the academic year 2010/2011, this award is open to applicants seeking to study any research topic in archaeology and/or ancient history within the supervision expertise of the School's extensive academic staff. Click here for more information on staff research areas within the School. The studentships will cover tuition fees (at the UK/EU rate only) for three years starting in the academic year 2010/2011 and provide a stipend worth £13,290 each year.

Entry Requirements
This studentships are only available to candidates who are eligible to pay the Home/EU tuition fee - i.e., those who are permanently resident in the UK or another EU country. Students from the UK will receive both the tuition fees and the stipend. Other EU students will receive tuition fees only. However, non-UK citizens resident in the UK should check the full details of the AHRC eligibility criteria here.

The studentship is for full-time study only. The successful candidate will be expected to commence their studies in the academic year 2010/2011.

Informal Enquiries
For informal enquiries, please contact : Dr Simon James - email

Potential applicants should contact Dr Simon James well before applying to allow time to negociate a viable thesis topic which the School is able to supervise. Applications should be submitted using the application form - PDF and online versions are available.

For further information on the School and its research areas, please visit :
Potential applicants should contact the School no later than 31 January 2010. Completed applications must be submitted no later than 28 February 2010. It is anticipated that interviews will held in the second half of March.

About the School
The School of Archaeology and Ancient History prides itself on its highly successful and proven combination of leading-edge research with top-quality teaching, in an informal and friendly environment.

The outcome of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirms our place in the vanguard of both Archaeology and Ancient History departments in the UK. No less than 65 per cent of our research was rated in the top two brackets of international excellence (4*, 3*). This proportion puts up us second equal among UK Archaeology departments, and first equal among departments teaching both disciplines.

About the University
The University of Leicester is one of the UK's leading universities, committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. It is consistently in the top 20 of all national tables and is ranked in the top 5% of universities in the world by two international studies - the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

In 2008/2009 we were named the Times Higher Education's University of the Year, with the judges describing us as "elite without being elitist".

The publication of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in December 2008 confirmed the University of Leicester's position as a leading research university well placed to offer degree opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines and allow our students to benefit from working with staff at the cutting edge of their disciplines. The knowledge, expertise and sense of innovation and discovery evident in our departments create an excellent environment in which to undertake study at doctoral level.