PhD Scholarship in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology (GIA) (1.0 FTE)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 17 May 2021

Scholarship opportunities

We offer 1 PhD scholarship (bursary) position in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology. As a PhD candidate, you will be committed to conducting independent and original scientific research and will be expected to disseminate this research in academic (international peer-reviewed publications and presentations) and nonacademic forums. You will also be required to participate in the annual field school organised by the research group.

We welcome research proposals that build on or extend our recent research, in particular if they focus one of the following fields or themes:

• Archaeogeophysics, with a focus on the improvement of our understanding of archaeomagnetic surveys; or
• The (re-)study of fieldwalking datasets from Italy with a view to achieving supraregional integrations and analysis.


We are looking for talented and ambitious researchers in the relevant disciplines.

Your qualifications are:

• a master's degree in archaeology with an excellent academic record;
• proven research abilities and close affinity with the research topic;
• excellent command of English and proven academic writing skills.


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 35,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge: it is among the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.
The GIA (Groningen Institute of Archaeology) is a leading international research institute with a strong interdisciplinary research tradition in Classical and Mediterranean archaeology, the archaeology of north-western Europe, and bioarchaeology. GIA engages in fundamental archaeological research in the Mediterranean, Northwest Europe and the Polar Regions. GIA stimulates and integrates fundamental research on past human societies and their environments, from Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers to complex urban societies. Major recent and current research projects are listed here:

The current scholarship is related to the research group of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, which focuses on regional and long-term settlement and land-use patterns in Bronze Age to Classical Italy, but also on the methodology of non-invasive detection and the supra-regional assessment and sharing of research data according to FAIR principles.

The Graduate School for the Humanities is the home for all (circa 200) PhD candidates of the Faculty of Arts, and is committed to creating and maintaining excellent conditions for PhD research in all fields of the humanities. In addition to organizing local courses, the GSH works closely with 16 national research schools, which offer regular courses and seminars by top national and international researchers.


The PhD scholarship programme:

Information about the legal and financial framework of the PhD scholarship programme can be found here: Please study the conditions carefully before applying.

You will participate in the Faculty’s GSH training programme for PhD students ( ). Part of the training consists in following the Career Perspectives curriculum, which aims to prepare students for their (academic or non-academic) careers after the PhD trajectory. You are also strongly encouraged to expand your skill set by following the faculty-funded Start-to-Teach programme as part of your PhD training (see here).

Start date: 1 September 2021.


Please send your entire application (in English) as a single PDF-file until the deadline of Sunday 16 May 11:59 pm / before 17 May 2021 Dutch local time (CET), by means of the application form (click on 'Apply' below on the advertisement on the UG website). Please upload your entire application as "letter of motivation" (via ‘fill form manually’) and follow the exact order below, when uploading your documents into one file.

The submission should follow this format:
and contain the following:

1. A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation and suitability for PhD research, and explaining how your planned research will be integrated with the Groningen Institute of Archaeology and contribute to its future success
2. A full CV demonstrating academic excellence, including publications and presentations (if applicable), and a copy of the data page of your passport
3. A certified copy or scan of your MA diploma (or equivalent) and academic record
4. A research proposal, focusing on the central research question to be addressed and the proposed method of approaching and answering this question (max. 1500 words, plus tables and references, a project title plus a timeline through to completion), according to the format of the proposal that you see described in the application form above
5. Names and contact details of two academic references.

For questions regarding the submission procedure, please contact Drs M.R.B. Wubbolts:

Interviews with shortlisted candidates are planned for the second half of May 2021.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. R.M. Esser (questions regarding the Graduate School for the Humanities),
  • Prof. P.A.J. Attema (questions regarding the research group and topic),

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.


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