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Leverhulme PhD Scholarship in Ancient Greek Religion

University of Nottingham - Department of Classics and Archaeology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 24th September 2021
Closes: 1st November 2021
Reference: ARTS95

3 years (full-time)

The Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham, U.K., is pleased to invite applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship (36 months, full-time) to start in February 2022 or shortly thereafter, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The scholarship is part of the Leverhulme Research Project ‘Divine Saving in Greek and Chinese Polytheism’, directed by Dr. Theodora Jim.

PhD project: The last few decades have seen a multiplicity of new paradigms in the study of Greek religion.  This PhD project will undertake a specialised study, within the broader field of Greek polytheism, of a particular instance of the neglected phenomenon of ‘special relationships’ between pairs of gods: that of Zeus and Athena. The PhD thesis will analyse the relationship between Zeus and Athena in myth and cult, and reconstruct in detail the history and development of their joint cults from the Archaic period to the Hellenistic. As they appeared particularly often in military and maritime contexts as a pair, the project will identify the epithets under which they were jointly worshipped (e.g. Zeus Soter and Athena Soteira, Zeus Polieus and Athena Polias, Zeus Boulaios and Athena Boulaia), and locate this pairing of gods within the context of military and maritime religion and the plurality of gods worshipped by those at sea and on campaign. Other potential areas of enquiry include: the spheres of competence of Zeus and Athena; how the character of their joint cults replicated, overlapped with, or differed from their own separate cults; how their power changed (if at all) over time and across the Mediterranean.

Funding: The scholarship comprises UK tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance of ₤15,609 for 3 years (full-time). EU and international students are eligible to apply but must make up for the difference in costs.

Application process: Step 1: Applicants should complete the Scholarship application form (available here, and provide (i) a personal statement indicating their potential to work on this topic, (ii) a full curriculum vitae, (iii) official transcripts, (iv) details of 2 academic referees and, (v) where English is not the first language, proof of English language proficiency. All documents should be submitted to by 1st November 12.00 noon. Applicants should also ensure that referees submit their references to this email address by the same deadline. Interviews will be held on 23 November 2021.

Step 2: Separately from the Scholarship application, applicants should apply to the University of Nottingham for a place in PhD Classics by the same deadline of 1 November here:



  • A first-class or 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Classics or Ancient History (or their joint degrees), with a specific knowledge of Classical and Hellenistic Greek history and an interest in ancient Greek religion.
  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent, completed or in progress) in a relevant subject area including (but not restricted to) Classics, Ancient History and their joint degrees, or equivalent research experience.
  • Good competence in ancient Greek language.
  • Excellent competence in English.
  • Independent research and organizational skills. 


  • Knowledge and ability to work with documentary sources, especially literary and epigraphic materials.
  • Demonstrable experience of research capabilities in the area of ancient Greek history and religion. 

Further enquiries: Dr. Theodora Jim

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