PhD Studentship: ‘Ialysos on Rhodes’ at University of Cambridge and the British Museum

AHRC CDP Studentship: Ialysos on Rhodes at University of Cambridge and the British Museum

The University of Cambridge and the British Museum invite applications for a funded, three-year PhD in Classics (Mycenaean Archaeology) commencing 2018. The PhD is a collaborative doctoral studentship, jointly supervised by staff at the University of Cambridge and the British Museum. The student will carry out new research on Ialysos on Rhodes – A Study of Mycenaean Chamber Tombs and Their Assemblages. The thesis will focus on the material excavated by Sir Alfred Biliotti between 1868 and 1871, now part of the British Museum collections. The 19th-century excavations of chamber tombs at Ialysos, Rhodes were the first systematically to explore a Mycenaean site anywhere in the Aegean. The bulk of this material is today kept in the British Museum, both in the form of extensive archival documents (letters) and objects (more than 500 in total). The PhD dissertation will relate the two in order to contextualise the complete funerary assemblages for the first time.

The PhD is offered as part of an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme awarded to the British Museum ( The PhD will be registered at Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Yannis Galanakis (Cambridge primary supervisor) and Professor Robin Osborne. The doctorate will be co-supervised by the British Museum under the supervision of Dr Andrew Shapland (BM primary supervisor) and Dr Alexandra Villing.

This full-time studentship is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates and includes a further 0.5 years of funding to support training and a placement. It is expected that the student will commence their research in October 2018. The full studentship award for students with UK residency includes University tuition fees and a stipend of £14,777 a year plus an additional stipend of £550 p.a. for the 3 years. The AHRC – 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 from the British Museum to undertake research (£1000 a year), and some additional support towards further research expenses. 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. The successful applicant will also be eligible to apply for travel grants offered by the Faculty of Classics in Cambridge, and as a registered graduate student in the University, will also be a member of a Cambridge college.

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 (not the full stipend).

Entry requirements: Applicants are expected to have a Masters Degree or equivalent in Classical Archaeology or a relevant field, with an excellent academic record.

Requirement: Submission of an application to do a PhD at the University of Cambridge. Full details on this studentship and what is needed for your application are available at

Deadline: 27th April 2018.

Interviews: 30th May 2018 in Cambridge or by skype.

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