This page will provide details on archaeological scholarships, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.


There is an exciting opportunity at UNSW for a high quality PhD student to work on a topic related to the Australasian Quaternary. The topic should be within the broad area of human-environmental interactions, and could be within the fields of archaeology, palaeontology, palaeoecology, palaeoclimate or palaeolandscape evolution.

UNSW will be paying an annual stipend of A$40k plus $10k for career development and mentoring activities. While we would prefer an Indigenous student in the first instance, the opportunity is open to anyone, and students with a CV beyond just straight undergraduate are strongly encouraged.

The timeframe is tight: Get in touch with Associate Professor Darren Curnoe prior to 11 November.

Leipzig School PhD positions in Human Origins

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Department: The Leipzig School of Human Origins
Institution: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Apply by: 1 December 2015

Application email:

We invite applications for the Leipzig School of Human Origins, an international PhD program of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the University of Leipzig.

This program provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for university graduates who wish to work towards a PhD in anthropology, archaeology, biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, evolutionary genetics, paleoanthropology, primatology and related fields. Candidates apply for one of the following disciplines of the program:

1) Comparative and Molecular Primatology – focusing on the evolution of social and cultural systems in the great apes, as well as other relevant mammals.

2) Evolutionary and Functional Genomics, Ancient DNA, Molecular Anthropology and Genome Bioinformatics

a. Evolutionary Genomics, Ancient DNA – focusing on the evolutionary and functional genomics of humans and the great apes, as well as the retrieval of DNA from palaeontological remains.

b. Molecular Anthropology – focusing on the origin, relationships, history, and migration patterns of human populations.

c. Genome Bioinformatics – focusing on computational approaches to the management and analysis of gene expression data.

3) Human Paleontology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Archaeological Science – focusing on the study of hominid fossils and archaeological sites. This includes comparative morphological as well as chemical (isotopic) analyses.

Graduate students will be accepted to only one of these areas but will have the opportunity to take part in courses and seminars in all of them. Our PhD program is open for international students and is designed as a 3-year-program. We invite applications from all countries.

Applicants hold a Masters degree, a Diploma or equivalent in one of the above, or related, fields. It is not necessary to hold the degree at the point of application. However, you must have been awarded your degree prior to the start of the program in September 2016.

Candidates have to be fluent in written and spoken English. German is not required but international students will be offered opportunities to take German language courses.

PhD students are supported with a PhD contract (“Max Planck support contract”) corresponding to 50 percent of Pay Group 13 of TVöD (Collective Wage Agreement for the Civil Service).

Term of Appointment: Fall 2016 Application Deadline: December 1, 2015

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Contact Information:

Sandra Jacob Deutscher Platz 6 Leipzig, 04103, Germany Telephone Number: ++493413550122 Fax Number: ++493413550119 Website: E-mail Address:

John Whitehouse Postgraduate Scholarship


The University of Sydney


John Whitehouse Postgraduate Scholarship

Research Areas:

Humanities & Social Sciences


Postgraduate Research


A full-time postgraduate scholarship or postgraduate top-up scholarship is available from the Ancient North Africa Research Network for a suitably qualified candidate with a good honours or Master’s degree in classics and ancient history/material culture (or who expects to complete an honours or master’s degree in classics and ancient history/material culture in 2015), to undertake research studies leading to a PhD. The successful applicant will be required to research and write up a PhD thesis on some aspect of the textual or material culture of Punic, Roman or Late Antique North Africa.

Applicants must:

  1. be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens; and
  2. apply as a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for full-time study, commencing Research Period 1, 2016.

Amount awarded:

This scholarship may be offered as either a primary scholarship valued at the APA rate or as a top up scholarship to an APA/UPA, commencing January 2016.

The scholarship is valued at the APA rate ($25,849pa in 2015, indexed annually, tax exempt) and may be renewed for up to three years, with a possible further extension of 6 months, subject to satisfactory progress.  If the successful applicant currently holds, or will receive an APA/UPA, a top-up scholarship valued at the difference between the APA and APAI rate ($5,447pa in 2015, indexed annually, tax exempt) will be offered. The top-up scholarship may be renewed for up to three years, with a possible further extension of 6 months, subject to satisfactory progress.

Application guide:

For more information and to apply for the 2016 Round One APA/UPA, please visit:

Applications close 5pm, 23 October 2015.

Further information about the John Whitehouse Postgraduate Scholarship can be obtained from Associate Professor Richard Miles, Research Director, Ancient North Africa Research Network (ANA) (, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, The University of Sydney (E-mail: Applications should be sent direct to A/Prof Richard Miles at the above email address and should include a curriculum vitae, one page project/thesis description, copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Closing date:

22 December 2015