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AHRC NWCDTP PhD Studentship: 'Religious Landscapes on Hadrian's Wall: A Spatial and Diachronic Analysis'

Lancaster University - Department of History

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Lancaster
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,285 Maintenance stipend (in 2020/21) for 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th December 2020
Closes: 17th February 2021

Start date: October 2021

Interview date: March 3rd, 2021

Supervisors: Dr Eleri Cousins, Dr Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Dr Andrew Birley

Applications are invited for an AHRC NWCDTP Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship (Classics pathway), to be held at the Department of History, Lancaster University, in partnership with the Vindolanda Trust. This PhD project will bring together large-scale spatial analyses of religious activity on the Wall network as whole with an in-depth case study of religious and ritual landscapes at the fort/settlement site of Vindolanda to illuminate the role of religion in the construction of community and identity on the Romano-British frontier.  

The successful candidate will be provided with training in advanced use of GIS and computational archaeology via the LU History Department’s internationally-recognised Digital Humanities Hub and will take part in the Vindolanda Trust’s ongoing programme of fieldwork for up to three months over the course of the PhD.  Further training, as appropriate, in Latin, epigraphy, and other skills will be available both through Lancaster University and other universities in the Classics pathway of the NWCDTP. In the final year of the project, the student will be encouraged to develop a temporary exhibition stemming from their research for the Vindolanda Museum, and will work with the Trust on incorporating the project’s results into site guide training and site and museum signage at Vindolanda. 

A full description of the project is available here: The project scope and questions may be adapted according to the student’s research interests and prior experience, and applicants are encouraged to discuss how they would make the project their own in their letter of application.


- Academic fees for 3.5 years
- Maintenance stipend (£15,285 in 2020/21) for 3.5 years
- £5000 in travel expenses from the Vindolanda Trust for research and fieldwork trips to Vindolanda
- up to two months (outside of excavation season) of self-catered accommodation at Vindolanda’s on-site Hedley Centre
- Additional funding for research support and training available from both the NWCDTP and the LU History Department. 

2.1 or 1st class Honours degree (or non-UK equivalent) and a Masters degree in a related subject; students can also offer a combination of qualifications and experience. The NWCDTP is committed to working with students from underrepresented communities and those from non-traditional academic backgrounds.

From 2021, there is no UK residency requirement for NWCDTP studentships, and applications are welcome from International students (including EU). Fees are funded by the NWCDTP at UKRI Home fee levels, with additional international fees waived by LU.

Application process

Applicants should send the following materials by February 17th to

1) Academic CV

2) Copies of first degree and Masters degree transcripts (or predicted grades if appropriate)

3) Letter of application (max. 2 pages) outlining prior experience (including experience, if any, with GIS and/or archaeological fieldwork), suitability for the project and reasons for applying, and how you anticipate approaching the aims of the research proposal

4) Academic writing sample (max. 5000 words)

Applicants should also arrange for two academic references to be sent directly by referees to by February 17th.

Informal enquiries about the project from prospective applicants are welcome and should be directed to Dr Eleri Cousins at

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