Scholarships, Studentships, Bursaries and Awards

There are many different forms of support available for graduate students at the School of Archaeology.  Some of these are administered by the University, others by Colleges and some by the School itself.

University of Oxford, Barclay Head Prize

The School of Archaeology will award the Barclay Head Prize for Ancient Numismatics in Trinity Term annually if work of sufficient merit is submitted. The following are the conditions governing the award.

The prize shall be of the value of £200 and shall be awarded for a dissertation or essay, whether published or otherwise, on a subject concerned with Ancient Numismatics not later than the beginning of the fifth century AD.

The prize shall be open to all members of the University who, on the day appointed for sending in essays, shall not have exceeded twenty-one terms from their matriculation.

Essays must be sent in to the Administrator, School of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PG, not later than 1 March.

The committee interprets the terms of the regulations as covering essays which deal with the historic or artistic relations of ancient coins as well as those which are purely numismatic. The prize may not be awarded twice to the same person.

Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture

Doctoral Studentships

The School of Archaeology invites applications for a funded studentship for students intending to study for a DPhil is the area of early Chinese Archaeology under the supervision of Professor Jessica Rawson.

Applicants may propose research projects in the period Shang to Tang dynasty. Priority will be given to students who choose to undertake projects in areas that link with a Leverhulme Trust funded project in the School: China and Inner Asia (c.1000-200BC): Interactions that changed China or cover other topics on the interaction of central China with the northern borders.

The studentship is open to applicants from Mainland China. University and College fees for three years will be funded and support for accommodation and living will be also offered. The University and College fees are payable for three years of a DPhil programme with an lower extension fee for the fourth year. The funds for living and accommodation will be provided for four years. 

The studentship will be held at Merton College

Candidates should have a first degree in either archaeology or anthropology, or history, with a Master’s Degree in similar fields.

Applicants should notify Professor Jessica Rawson ( as soon as possible of their intention to apply, providing email and postal addresses.

Applications for both the School of Archaeology and the studentships should be made using the main University graduate application form and with payment of an application fee of £50. The application form, all supporting materials required for the DPhil programme (including references) and payment must be submitted by the University January 2015 application deadline.

To access the application form and application guide, please visit the online prospectus at On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, you must indicate that you are applying for the China Studentship [ARCH].