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PhD Studentships in History, Classics and Archaeology

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

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History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck

Our department has a distinguished record as an international centre of excellence. We were ranked top in the UK for intellectual stimulation in the 2019 National Student Survey and first in London for teaching quality. Since 2001, the department has been in the Top Ten of departments evaluated by the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

With a vibrant community of more than 45 academic staff and fellows, the department offers a superb range of doctoral supervision. Our research is unique in its range across geographical and chronological boundaries. We are the only university department in London to include historians, classicists and archaeologists investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century.

Our department is home to thriving research centres, at which some of the world's most renowned scholars present their latest research. These include the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

Birkbeck lies at the heart of academic London with access to unparalleled research resources. The Institute of Historical Research, with its library, training facilities and seminars, is nearby. The British Library, the largest national library in the world, is five minutes' walk away. Dozens of other libraries and institutes are in walking distance.

Funding opportunities

We currently invite applications for the following PhD studentships, commencing in October 2020:

  • AHRC studentships (as part of the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership). Closing deadline: 13 January 2020
  • ESRC studentships in ‘Archaeology and Heritage Studies' and ‘Economic and Social History' (as part of the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership). Closing date: 13 December 2019
  • Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship in the fields 'diversity and belonging' or 'minorities and social justice'. Closing date: 31 January 2020
  • Boughton PhD Scholarship in any field of history. Closing date: 6 March 2020


Prospective students should consult the general online guidance on the application process.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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