PhD Studentship: Miniature Boats and Maritime Culture in Iron Age Cyprus and the Levant - British Museum Collaboration

University of Southampton - Archaeology

An AHRC CDP Funded PhD position in Archaeology: A partnership between the University of the Southampton and the British Museum. Commencing 2018

PhD research title:

Miniature boats and maritime culture in Iron Age Cyprus and the Levant:

Model clay boats.

The University of Southampton and the British Museum invite applications for a funded, three-year PhD in Archaeology. The PhD is an AHRC funded (, collaborative doctoral studentship, jointly supervised the University of Southampton and the British Museum. The student will carry out new research on model boats from Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean, looking at collections in the British Museum and other museums.

The PhD will be registered at Southampton under the primary supervision of Dr Lucy Blue (Archaeology). The doctorate will be co-supervised by the British Museum under the supervision of Drs. JD Hill and Thomas Kiely. The University of Southampton is an active research university with a flourishing postgraduate community.

The full studentship includes University tuition fees at UK/EU rate and a stipend of £14,553 a year plus an additional stipend of £550 p.a. for the 3 years. The Student Development Fund (equivalent to 0.5 years of stipend payments) is also available to support the cost of training, work placements, and other development opportunities.

The student will receive further funds the British Museum to undertake research. The successful applicant will be able to participate in additional training and other opportunities provided to CDP students by the CDP consortium of Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Heritage Organisations, and receive a British Museum staff pass, a workspace with computer and research library access.

Eligibility: This scholarship is open to UK and EU nationals. Students with UK residency are eligible for the full stipend and payment of University tuition fees. Students with EU residency are eligible for a fees-only studentship award.

Applicants should have a Master’s Degree in Archaeology or equivalent. They should have a working knowledge of Mediterranean/ Near Eastern Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology and Material Culture Studies. They must have an interest in maritime archaeology or history, and it is essential that they also have an interest in material culture. The language of the research is English but a working knowledge of French is also highly desirable.

For the full project description and further information, please visit:

Entry requirements: The minimum of a good 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) and a Masters or equivalent in a relevant discipline.


Please email with:

  • - A max 400 word personal statement explaining why you are applying for this studentship and how it supports your future career aspirations.
  • - A writing sample (no more than 5,000 words)
  • - A CV, including publications (if any)
  • - The details of two academic references. Please also arrange that your referees send their confidential references directly, by email, from their professional address, to the address above by the deadline.

Requirement: Submission of an application to do a PhD at the University of Southampton

Deadline:  Tuesday May 1st 2018

Interviews: May 15th 2018 afternoon in British Museum or by skype

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