Funding for Graduates

Graduate funding opportunities

The Univeristy's Graduate Admissions Pages has a comprehensive summary of funding opportunities and information for propsective students including a search facility that covers many research funding opportunities for both applicants and on-course students.  In addition, on-course students can use Research Professional to identify potential funding and the BAJR webpages also have useful links to funding opportunities.  Finally, specific schemes to which our students have applied to in the past are listed below:

Funding for applicants and on-course students

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.

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.


  • 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.

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 Wainwright Fund aims to encourage the study of non-classical archaeology of the countries of the Middle East. The projects supported are wide ranging; the Fund holds an annual Schools Essay Prize, awards Research Grants to mature scholars and also sponsors a post-doctoral Fellowship.  More information can be found on their website.


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.

The Meyerstein Fund supports research by graduate students in all branches of archaeology. 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 degrees and students registered for the MSc in Archaeological Science will be sympathetically considered – the maximum awarded being £200.

More information about eligibility can be found in the:

Applicants can apply online.

Applications are invited for a Boise Trust Studentship for postgraduate research, tenable at the University from the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2019.

The Boise Trust Fund was established by 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.  All applications should be in this field of research.

The Boise Trust Studentship is awarded for up to 3.5 years and at present, offers:

  • a maintenance grant at the current RCUK stipend rate per annum                               
  • payment of fees at the rate for “Home/EU” students (Overseas candidates must have secured other funding which will cover the difference)
  • Research Support Grant of £5,000 per annum for the first three years of the scholarship (with the potential to apply for up to a further £3,000 per annum under the small Boise Trust awards scheme).

Candidates are asked to send their application form for the Boise Trust Studentship to the Archaeology Graduate Administrator at by Friday 25th January 2019.  Section 1 only should be completed; the department will complete the remaining sections. The standard University application form must also be completed by the candidate, and submitted, with all supporting materials, by the same date (i.e. Friday 25th January 2019). The details of how to apply are available at

St Cross College, jointly with the School of Archaeology, offers the following scholarship for students who will begin studying for a DPhil in any of the fields offered in Archaeology at the University of Oxford beginning in the academic year 2019-2020.

The St Cross Graduate Scholarship covers the cost of the Home/EU course fee plus an annual stipend of £6,000, and is tenable for between one and three years coterminous with full fee liability on condition of successfully completing Transfer of Status.The successful scholar will be given priority for a room in College accommodation (at the standard rent) for the first year of their course.

The Graduate Scholarship is awarded purely on the basis of academic merit and is tenable at St Cross College only.

Applicants entering into DPhil status in 2019-2020 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 choiceThe application deadline is Friday 1st March 2019 (the final Graduate Admissions deadline). Everyone who applies for the DPhil in Archaeology, Classical Archaeology or Archaeological Science and lists St Cross as their firstchoice of college (and who applies at any time before the final Admissions deadline) will be considered automatically.

Fully-funded DPhil based in the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford in collaboration with the National Trust.
Supervisory team: Professor Dan Hicks (Archaeology, Oxford) and Dr Christo Kefalas (Curator of World Cultures, National Trust)

Almost all National Trust country house properties have historic photographic collections. These photographs are usually associated with family members who lived at the houses. Among them are many images of the British Empire. Some albums relate to personal, family or business travel, while others derive from military or administrative service overseas. These colonial images range from the touristic to the anthropological, from leisure to expedition, and from exoticism to the domestic.  This project offers a unique opportunity to undertake a ‘visual archaeology’ of these virtually unstudied photographic collections. The aim of the research is to explore the relationships between empire, knowledge and regimes of photographic visuality in post-colonial perspective, through studies of historic photographs as zones of contact or conflict in the past and as ongoing legacies and aftershocks of colonialism in the present. 

Specific material that could be form the focus of the research ranges from well documented collections at Polesden Lacey in Surrey or Packwood House in Warwickshire to many other little-understood collections at other properties. The sheer richness and unstudied nature of the material means that most regions in which 19th- and 20th-century British imperialism operated could form the geographical focus of the research – from the Caribbean to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This geographical focus will be agreed between the supervisors and the students before the research begins.  The project offers a unique opportunity for the geo-political dimensions of these neglected and provincial colonial archives to be explored, for example through the creation of new connections with places and descendant communities beyond the country house. 

Research themes developed by the research student around this material may include questions of ‘race’, class, gender, genre and representation, objectification and orientalism, visibility and silence, and knowledge and memory, ranging from what Marie-Louise Pratt called the ‘transculturation’ of ‘imperial eyes’ to the ongoing status of the colonial gaze of these visual pasts in contemporary, postcolonial Britain. Though the embedding of the studentship in the ongoing operation of National Trust properties, the ‘Counter-Memories’ project will foreground for the student the practical challenges of exploring unseen pasts through visual culture.  

Applicants will normally have an academic background in an Arts, Humanities or Social Science discipline such as Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Museum Studies, or History.

To apply for this opportunity: Apply through the standard route to read for a DPhil in Archaeology at the University of Oxford, for the 25 January 2019 deadline. You also need to upload the OOC DTP Supplementary Questions Form as an additional document when applying.

Fully-funded DPhil based in the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford in collaboration with Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)
Supervisory team: Professor Dan Hicks (Oxford) and Dr Sadie Watson (MOLA). 

This research will re-assess the status of the photographic image in the practice of archaeological fieldwork and documentation in the digital age. Studying the tens of thousands of photographs taken and archived by MOLA in the course of more than 40 years of professional practice on development projects from the City of London to national infrastructure projects such as High Speed 2, the research will apply approaches from the study of photography in the History of Art and Visual Anthropology to the study of historic archaeological photography and the reflexive study of archaeological fieldwork and the creation of archaeological knowledge of the human past. The subjects of photographs will range from excavations of prehistoric, Roman, medieval or modern sites to standing buildings, artefacts, or fieldwork in process.  The study of historical and changing contemporary practices, genres and norms of archaeological photography offers a unique opportunity to study the place of visual culture in the production of knowledge of the past. The research will address the idea of “photological knowledge” in relation to questions of time, archive, and objectivity – moving beyond longstanding literatures on the social construction of heritage in order to look at the visual enactment of the human past through the photography of archaeological deposits – soils, scales, artefacts, and so on.  The collaborative nature of the project will facilitate research that is genuinely embedded within field projects across the UK, from London’s Square Mile to rural landscapes. This will make possible a unique extended case study for observing and reflecting on photography as a practice in the field, and its afterlives both in the museum archive and both formally and informally across social media. Particular themes may include the different modes of ‘working shots’, technical field photography as ‘preservation by record’, and reportage or journalistic photography; tensions between fieldworkers’ photos and ‘professional’ photography; the changing presence of the human subject in the frame of archaeological photographs; new drone technologies creating new forms of aerial photography; and archaeological approaches to the sheer scale of the digital record, and its preservation. The researcher will have full access to the unique photographic archive of MOLA, as well as the ongoing production of photographic images in fieldwork through the organisation’s contemporary practice, and may also choose to study the use of archaeological imagery in museum displays and publications.

To apply for this opportunity: Apply through the standard route to read for a DPhil in Archaeology at the University of Oxford, for the 25 January 2019 deadline. You also need to upload the OOC DTP Supplementary Questions Form as an additional document when applying.

What is the prize?

‘The fund created by friends of Barclay Vincent Head, Hon. D.Litt., late Keeper of Coins and Medals in the British Museum, offered to the University, with a view to perpetuate his memory by the foundation of a prize for the encouragement of the study of Ancient Numismatics, shall be invested by the University, and the income arising from it shall be devoted to the maintenance of a prize to be called the Barclay Head Prize for Ancient Numismatics’



The Barclay Head Prize for Ancient Numismatics is managed by the School of Archaeology and is awarded for a dissertation or essay that displays great merit in a subject connected with Ancient Numismatics, not later than the beginning of the Fifth Century A.D.



How to Apply?

Please complete the form at the following link by Friday of week 8, Trinity Term (Friday 21st June)  to be considered for the prize and send the relevant submission to The form can be found at:

The Oxford DTP in Environmental Research has funding (fees and stipend) for students working on projects related to the environment that fit within one of their three research streams:

·      Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolutionary Processes

·      The Dynamic Earth, Surface Processes and Natural Hazards

·      The Physical Climate System

Various archaeology research projects are a good fit for the NERC DTP. Students intending to work on archaeological research projects that would fit within these broad areas should apply to both the School of Archaeology and the DTP. For more information, and details on how to apply to the DTP, please click this link:

 If you would like advice please contact Victoria Smith, Director of Graduate Studies (Archaeology and Archaeological Science).


All candidates offered a place on the MSc in Archaeology will be considered for one of our departmental bursaries. All Home/EU and Overseas status applicants are eligible.

Five bursaries of £7,000 each are available for the year 2020-21. To be eligible you need to apply to the MSc in Archaeology programme through the usual application system in the preceding November or January application round. There is no separate application form for the bursary.

If you are offered a place on the programme you will be automatically considered for shortlisting for one of the bursaries. 

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview in March 2020 (face-to-face or via Skype). Bursaries will be awarded to the strongest applicants who demonstrate

  • motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study,
  • sound reasons for applying to the School of Archaeology, the MSc in Archaeology and your chosen stream, and
  • evidence that your academic ability and focus are suited to the demands and nature of the degree.

Applicants will be notified if they have been successful by the start of April. At this point an acceptance of the bursary is expected within a couple of weeks.

Successful applicants are asked to inform the School of Archaeology of any other offers of financial support for the purpose of their studies at Oxford. Adjustments to the value of the bursary may be made to take account of these.