Call for applications 2023 – Three PhD scholarships in archaeology


The Graduate Research School of EUR ArChal offers three PhD scholarships, of three years duration, starting from the beginning of the 2023-2024 academic year.

The scholarship holders will enroll for their PhD at the archaeology doctoral school of the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (ED 112). Joint supervision with another ArChal partner (see below) is highly recommended and will be set up during the first year of the PhD.

The EUR ArChal in a few words

EUR ArChal is led by the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and partnered by seven academic institutions in France and in Europe: Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Universidad Complutense Madrid (Spain), Alma Mater Studiorum -Università di Bologna (Italy), Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales – INALCO (France).

The EUR aims to develop original teaching and research projects on archaeological methods and on research topics related to global challenges. Based on the diachronic analysis of strategies adopted in the past for addressing global challenges, the EUR ArChal will provide an entirely new knowledge framework on these questions. Its broad ambition is to build on our understanding of the past to develop sustainable strategies for facing future challenges.

The teaching and research program focuses on cutting-edge archaeological methods, while dealing with the following four major challenges:

  1. Environment and climate change
  2. Power and inequalities
  3. Conflicts, mobilities and migrations
  4. Technologies and innovation

For more information on the EUR ArChal and its challenges, see the website

Who can apply?

  • Holders of a Master degree (French Master 2) in archaeology from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne or one of its partner universities: Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Universidad Complutense Madrid (Spain), Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (Italy), Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales – INALCO (France). Holders of a Master degree from these institutions, as well as in cultural heritage, restoration – conservation or art history are also eligible.
  • No age or nationality requirements.

Fellowship payment

The monthly wage is 2,044.12 euros gross, fixed by the following decree:

How to apply?

The application dossier will include the following documents:

1. A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).

2. A covering letter: Applicants are invited to show the contribution of their PhD project to the development of the EUR.

3. A PhD thesis project (maximum 15 000 characters, spaces included) in French or in English. This project must be clearly related to one or more of the EUR ArChal’s four challenges.

4. A summary of the Master’s thesis (maximum 10 000 characters, spaces included).

5. A letter of support from the future PhD supervisor accredited by the ED112. In the case of a co-supervision the letter of support of the co-supervisor must also be provided.

6. A transcription of the Master degree. If not yet available from the administration, the application will be accepted, provided that you return the transcription before the 5th July. On this date, if you do not have a transcription, you should provide a letter from your Master’s director attesting that you validated your Master degree.

7. The application form available to be downloaded on the website of the EUR, completed, and signed. Submission and applications evaluation

The submission of applications:

1. Send all the documents combined into a single PDF file (via a file transfer service) to no later than Monday 12th June 2023, midnight. An acknowledgment of receipt will be sent, indicating the admissibility of the application.

2. Pre-selection for an interview will be done by an evaluation committee, composed of faculty members and researchers among the EUR partners and the ED 112 doctoral school. The results will be communicated to the applicants on the 26th June 2023, at the latest, and the selected candidates will receive a convening letter to attend the interview.

3. The interviews will take place on the 5th July 2023. The evaluation Committee will draft the final merit ranking list of the applicants; this list will finally be examined by the board of the ED 112 before being published.

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