Project: From Empires to Kingdoms: trauma as a gateway to understanding the impact of urbanisation, and cultural and environmental change in ancient Sudan. Deadline: 3. May 2023. Start: 1. October 2023.
The University of Edinburgh and The British Museum are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2023 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.
About the project
From Empires to Kingdoms: trauma as a gateway to understanding the impact of urbanisation, and cultural and environmental change in ancient Sudan
This project aims to ethically research traumatic injury as an indicator of levels of violence, activity and social complexity in ancient Nubia, Sudan (300BC - AD1500) through the biocultural analysis of individuals from the Meroitic, Post-Meroitic and Medieval periods, all of which are available and housed at the British Museum and recently donated by the National Corporation of Antiquities and Museums of Sudan. It aims to advance the understanding of the impact of sociocultural changes and environmental pressures on the risk of trauma and violent behaviour in everyday life, as well as improve knowledge of individuals. The museum’s strong relationship with colleagues in Sudan provides a basis to also explore how to build on these findings to co-produce shared knowledge with relevant communities.
As a collaborative award, students will be expected to spend time at both, the University and The British Museum.
This studentship is open to both Home and International applicants. The project can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis but the University is only able to provide UKVI sponsorship to full time PhD students.
We want to encourage the widest range of potential students to study for a CDP studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented at this level in this area.
Applicants should ideally have a 2:1 honours undergraduate qualification in archaeology, heritage studies or a related discipline, and have or expect to receive a relevant Masters’ level qualification, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience in a professional setting. Areas of qualification and experience include, but are not limited to, bioarchaeology, osteology, archaeological science, anthropology and biological science.
Applicants without a Masters’ qualification should within their statement outline the specifically relevant skills, experience and knowledge they have gained beyond undergraduate degree level that could be considered equivalent to Masters study.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in archaeology, heritage studies and the museum sector, and potential and enthusiasm for developing knowledge and skills more widely in related areas.
Commencing 1st October 2023
The PhD scholarship is tenable for a maximum of 3 years 9 months with the possibility of an additional 3 months to provide professional development opportunities. The annual stipend will be at UKRI rates each year - £17,668 (based on 2022/23), plus the Half London weighting of £1,000 and the CDP maintenance payment of £550/year and an additional travel fund of £1,500 per year provided by the British Museum.
The award pays tuition fees up to the value of the full-time home UKRI rate for PhD degrees, with the University of Edinburgh waiving the difference between international and home fees for international students. Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2022/23 is £4,596.
Application Deadline: Friday 3 May 2023
How to apply for the scholarship
Applicants should submit to email@example.com the following documents:
- a summary curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
- degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document
- a short statement (max. 2 pages) outlining their qualification for the studentship, and initial thoughts on how they would approach the project.
- a sample of recent academic writing (e.g. Master’s dissertation chapter)
- Two completed academic references.
- Applicants without a Masters’ qualification should within their statement outline the specifically relevant skills, experiences and knowledge they have gained beyond undergraduate degree level, that could be considered equivalent to Masters study.
Interviews will take place on 1 June 2023.
How to apply for your PhD programme
All your supporting documentation (research proposal of 1,000-2,000 words, academic references, copies of qualifications/transcripts) must, where available, also be uploaded by the deadline.
You will need to submit both your undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates and transcripts in order to be considered for PhD admission. For instructions on how to upload additional documents after you have submitted your application please follow the support guidance available here. The successful applicant will have their start date changed to October in line with the start of the scholarship.
If you have any academic enquiries about the project please contact Dr Linda Fibiger (firstname.lastname@example.org). For PhD application queries please contact the HCA Postgraduate Research Office (email@example.com).