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:


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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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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 programme will be considered for one of our departmental bursaries. All Home/EU and Overseas status applicants are eligible.

Five bursaries typically of £7,000 each are available for the academic year 2021-22. 

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. 

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.

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.