Graduate Funding

World Archaeology

The African Studies Committee administers funds for the ORISHA (Oxford Research in the Scholarship and Humanities of Africa) Scholarships. Archaeology and Egyptology are among the subjects included in ORISHA's remit. Further information is available from the Secretary of the Inter-Faculty Committee for African Studies, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD.

The board of management for the Gerald Averay Wainwright Near Eastern Archaeological Fund invites applications for travel scholarships which will be awarded to postgraduate students who have completed at least one year of study at a UK university in Near and Middle Eastern, non-classical Archaeology. For further information, contact the Secretary to the board of management for the Wainwright Fund, The Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE.

Classical Archaeology

The Craven Committee funds research in Classical Archaeology.  For further information, contact the Craven Committee Secretary, The Stelios Ioannou Centre for Research in Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU.

Research Award

Two schemes exist to facilitate research by graduate students in archaeology; Meyerstein Fund Research Awards and School of Archaeology Research Awards. Probationary Research and DPhil students can apply for a first grant of up to £400 and a second grant of up to £200 (balance from first grant can be added to second grant; the overall total awarded to any one applicant being £600). Comparable research by students in the first year of an MPhil degree and students registered for the MSc in Archaeological Science will be sympathetically considered – the maximum awarded being £200.

In addition, D. Phil students may also apply separately for a School of Archaeology Research Awards to a maximum value of £400 over the duration of their doctoral studies.

The closing date for the Meyerstein Fund Research Awards and School of Archaeology Research Awards will be announced soon.

Colleges also have their own travel funds for graduate study and research. The amounts obtainable from these sources are variable. Details in the Graduate Prospectus.

International Students

Comprehensive information on funding for international students can be found on the University's Student Funding pages.

The Funding Search (formerly the Scholarship Search) contains information about scholarships that are managed by the International Office, as well as college awards over £2,000 (as listed in this year's Graduate Studies Prospectus). It also contains information about departmental awards and funding for UK/EU students.

American students who would like to take out a US student loan to fund their studies can do so through the International Office. They can find comprehensive information on how to do this at the University's US Loanspages.  We are also able to assist with Canadian student loan applications; they should contact Jenny Carter ( for advice.