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Department of Archaeology

Fellowships and Funding

We are pleased to announce the award of our Taught Masters bursaries for 2018/19. Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Sebastian Aycock (MA Archaeology)
  • Patrick Ball (Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects)
  • Lauren Burleson (Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects)
  • Sana Chowdhry ( MA Archaeology)
  • Katherine Foster (MA International Cultural Heritage Management)
  • Rebecca Herron ( MA Archaeology)
  • Kristina Holmberg (MA Museum and Artefact Studies)
  • Sally Kellett – MSc Bioarchaeology
  • Jessica Matt (MA Archaeology) – Hodgson Binns Grant
  • Anthony Tobin (MSc Palaeopathology)
  • Ammi Yoneda MA Archaeology

Durham University is delighted to announce the introduction of a tuition fee discount scheme for University alumni who choose to return to Durham University to study at Postgraduate level from the start of the 2017/8 academic year. A tuition fee discount of 10% will be awarded to any self-funding Durham alumni who was successful in completing a qualification at Durham University at degree level or above. Further details can be found here:

The Chevening Scholarships, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations, are open to potential postgraduate students from selected countries. For further details see

In 2017/18 we will be offering up to 10 Department of Archaeology Masters bursaries which cover costs toward fees (£2,000 for home/EU applicants; £2,500 for overseas applicants). This includes the Ian Colquhoun Masters bursary which is aimed at students whose area of interest includes the archaeology of Northern England, metalwork, and/or British and European Prehistory.

An additional bursary, The Hodgson Binns grant (£2,500) provides support to a taught postgraduate student studying for an MA in Archaeology (Roman). The grant is primarily to support students researching on Hadrian’s Wall and the North of England during the Roman period, but it may also be used for research on Roman Italy, Latin Epigraphy, Roman pottery and the study of Roman burial.

MA in International Cultural Heritage Management awards UNESCO/Durham University bursaries available, the number of awards varies from year to year. All applications to this programme will be considered for a bursary.

Application for Departmental bursaries: To apply for these bursaries please note on your online application form that you would liked to be considered for the appropriate named bursary. For the Ian Colquhoun and Michael Binns bursaries please make clear in your application how your research interests and chosen Masters courses relate to the themes of the bursary. An announcement of the awards will be made in April 2018. You must have applied by the end of February 2018 to be considered for a bursary.

Please use the Durham University funding database to discover more information on bursaries and studentships:

Durham Doctoral Studentship (DDS): These prestigious and highly competitive studentships, awarded by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, are open to International students in all fields and to Home/EU students in fields not supported by the ESRC. The deadline for submission for the 2018-2019 year will be released shortly. Applications must be made via the online university application form (, stating that you wish to be considered for DDS when you are asked how you intend to fund you studies. Further information can be found on the DDS web page

AHRC Northern Bridge fully-funded PhD studentships: We have fully-funded PhD studentships in Archaeology available for high-calibre students through the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. The deadline for application for these is the 9th January 2019. The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership offers high-quality supervision and exceptional resources, as well as the expertise of a broad portfolio of Strategic Partners for the training and development of outstanding Arts and Humanities postgraduate researchers.

The awards cover tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant at the RCUK national rate for UK applicants. They cover tuition fees only for EU students; institutional funds permitting, however, we also expect to make maintenance awards to EU students.

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates who can demonstrate evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project.

*New this year*

New this year are the northern Bridge Partnership Awards, which give PhD researchers to develop and pursue their project in collaboration with one of Northern Bridge's Strategic Partners. See

If you wish to be considered for Northern Bridge AHRC funding for a PhD in Archaeology, you must have made an on-line application for a PhD place at Durham by 5pm on the 9th January 2019. For more information, see or get in touch with the Durham subject area contact listed here: at the earliest opportunity.

For general queries about any of the subject areas in Archaeology, please contact our postgraduate secretary, Miss Louise Gascoigne (

NERC fully-funded PhD studentships: The department also offers NERC studentships. More details on this process, including key deadlines, will be released shortly. For more information on the application procedure contact our postgraduate secretary, Miss Louise Gascoigne ( or click on the following link:


These Fellowships are designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond, and to build an international network of scholars with a common passion for today’s most important research challenges. The programme seeks to appoint five Fellows per faculty, with the option of additional appointments. A member of the Durham academic staff will act as host and Mentor for each Fellow. Before applying, applicants MUST seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host. The latest round of the Junior Research Fellowship Scheme has now opened and the deadline for submissions is 24th November 2017

Details on the scheme and how to apply can be found at

Alongside the JRF scheme up to three Addison Wheeler Fellowships will be available. These have no residency restrictions.

Details on the scheme and how to apply can be found at:

This scheme designed to gather together scholars, researchers, policy makers or practitioners from around the world and across the full spectrum of science, social science, arts and humanities to address themes of global significance in collaboration with Durham's Research Institutes and researchers. Up to 24 Senior Research Fellowships are available for periods of six weeks to six months (with a typical stay of three months). Applications are considered from researchers with an established or emerging international reputation for scholarship or research leadership. The International Senior Fellowship Scheme has now opened. The final submission date is January 2018.

Details on the scheme can be found at

A grant of up to £800 towards the cost of travel outside of England, Scotland and Wales may be awarded to a student who is studying Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University and working on a project which is of sufficient merit to warrant financial assistance. More than one award may be made from the Fund in any year, but the total amount awarded in 2016 cannot exceed £800. No grant will be made in any year where no project of sufficient merit is presented for consideration.

Application forms can be requested from via email ( and submitted in hard copy format to Thelma Lambert, Administrator for Finance and Research, Department of Archaeology. The closing date for applications is: 3rd November 2017.

This is awarded to a student undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Durham in an aspect of Egypt and/or the Ancient Near East. The studentship provides the sum of around no more than £1,000 for one year only towards the cost of postgraduate fees for the coming year.

There is no application form but students should send a curriculum vitae including two referee recommendations (in sealed envelopes), and an outline research proposal (for a dissertation, project or thesis) to Thelma Lambert, Administrator for Finance and Research, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE; email:

The applications will be graded on academic excellence and originalityby the Committee for the award of the Bursary.

The closing date for applications is 15th December 2017 and candidates must already have a place either as a research student (MA, MPhil or PhD), or on a taught postgraduate course in the Department of Archaeology at Durham.

The Rosemary Cramp Fund was set up on the retirement of Professor Rosemary Cramp from the Chair of Archaeology at Durham University to honour her many achievements and contributions to archaeology and the heritage. The Fund makes grants to individuals and organisations who put forward projects that fall within its scope; and where there is a strong emphasis on innovation.

The main area of interest of the fund is the archaeology and heritage of the British Isles, with a particular emphasis on Northern Britain between 400 and 1100 AD. Proposals to assist student research projects are especially welcome, though organisations and other individuals are also encouraged to apply. Student tuition fees and ongoing subsistence costs are not eligible for support, nor will archaeological excavation normally be eligible.

Application forms can be obtained from Thelma Lambert, Administrator for Finance and Research, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE; email: The deadline for receipt of applications will be January - February 2018