Graduate Funding

Funding for your course

Most students will be required to arrange, or apply for, their own sources of funding, and details of fees and sources of funding can be found on the University admissions website. The exception is when a specific DPhil project is advertised, usually as the result of a successful bid for Research Council funding. Please note that most other sources of funding (including those detailed below) require application by the January deadline.

Further details can be found in the Graduate Studies Prospectus

3 Year Studentship Available
Ceramic Traditions of Early Northern China: Painted Pottery in Context

Application deadline 21 April 2017.  Please see this PDF for more information and how to apply.

Clarendon and Ertegun Awards

All applicants are automatically considered for the University's prestigious Clarendon Awards, covering fees and maintenance for three years. Over the last few years, some 4-7 of these each year have gone to Archaeology applicants, awarded on the basis of merit.

Those applying for a Masters or DPhil in Classical Archaeology are eligible to apply to the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities for three years of doctoral work ( This cover fees and maintenance.

School of Archaeology Student Bursaries

A small number of bursaries  tenable for a maximum of three years, is available.  These are awarded on the basis of merit to applicants who have no other major source of external funding.  There is no separate applications process and successful candidates will be notified by mid-May.

St Cross College Archaeology Scholarship

The Scholarship is open to all students taking the DPhil in Archaeology or Classical Archaeology at St Cross and covers the cost of the Home/EU University fee and is tenable for between one and three years. The Graduate Studentship is awarded purely on the basis of academic merit and is tenable at St Cross College only. Applicants entering into DPhil status who wish to be considered should apply for a place in the School of Archaeology using the University’s standard application form and must list St. Cross College as their first choice college.For information please visit:

Oxford-Wolfson-Marriott Graduate Scholarship in Archaeology

A fully-funded scholarship for a DPhil in Archaeology.​

The scholarship covers Tuition fees, College fees and a stipend at the RCUK rate (£14,296 for 2016-17), for the relevant period of fee liability (normally 3 years, Oxford students are advised to check their fee liability on the University's Fees and Funding pages).

There is no separate application process. Applicants, whether internal or external, should apply to the University of Oxford under the standard procedures for graduate degrees for 2017-18. Applications should be made by the January deadline for your chosen course. If there are two or more candidates of equal academic merit, priority will be given to the candidate who has listed Wolfson as his or her first choice college on the University application form. The successful scholar will become a member of Wolfson College. For information please visit:

Home/EU Students

If resident in England and Wales, all British applicants wishing to read for a degree in the School of Archaeology are automatically considered for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awards. Applicants resident in Scotland are eligible for support from the Scottish Students Awards Agency and those resident in Northern Ireland from the Department of Education for Northern Ireland.

Archaeology in Oxford currently has one AHRC studentship per year for DPhil students.

European students are eligible to apply for a Scatcherd Scholarship.  European Union citizens are eligible for their fees to be paid by the UK Research Councils, most often the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) or the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

This year we have a quota of one NERC studentship in Archaeological Science which covers fees and maintenance for a doctoral student.

For those applying for a DPhil in Classical Archaeology, there is one Stavros Niarchos Foundation Graduate Scholarship for three years of doctoral work (in conjunction with the Faculty of Classics). This cover fees and maintenance for Home and EU doctoral students, and candidates will be automatically considered for this scholarship if eligible.

Information from the Humanities Division on Graduate Funding

Overseas Students

  • American nationals may apply for British Marshall Scholarships in the case of the two year MPhil degree and for Fulbright Scholarships in the case of the one year MSt degree.
  • Commonwealth nationals may apply for Commonwealth Scholarships.
  • Rhodes Scholars - The MPhil is among the subjects that Rhodes Scholars may study at Oxford.

Funding once your course has started

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.

The Boise Fund was established by Mr Charles Watson Boise to support research on the antiquity and evolutionary origin of modern Homo sapiens and other hominins, with particular emphasis on the continued exploration of appropriate sites in Africa, and on the early migration of Palaeolithic communities.   The Committee for the administration of the Boise Fund invites applications from Oxford University-based researchers, including graduate students.  Notice of award rounds is given in the Oxford University Gazette.

Classical Archaeology

The Craven Committee funds research (travel, conferences, fieldwork) in Classical Archaeology. For further information, contact the Classics Faculty Board Secretary, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU.

Travel Funds

  • Meyerstein Fund, School of Archaeology
  • Colleges also have their own travel funds for graduate study and research. The amounts obtainable from these sources are variable.